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Solved: Transfer data from a dead XP machine to a newer Windows 7 one

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Fritz911, Mar 5, 2012.

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  1. Fritz911

    Fritz911 Thread Starter

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    Hi gang.
    Thanks for all your useful help in the past.

    Here is my latest problem:

    My daughter,s old acer aspire one, (The little 10 inch screen model), is dead and I have bought a newer one on ebay.
    The old machine ran XP and the new one has windows 7 installed.

    I want to transfer all her files,(Nope, she never backed anything up to an external hard drive), onto the newer machine.

    I was thinking that I could maybe, pop the hard drive from the old machine into the new one. Copy all her files onto an external Hd. Put the newer HD back into the newer machine, then copy the files onto it from the external HD.
    STOP ME RIGHT NOW IF I AM WRONG PLEASE!!! (I wont attempt anything until I,ve read at least one reply).

    It seems like a logical solution to me,(Not being a techy), but I dont want to risk wrecking the newer machine.

    Any advice on recovering files from the old HD much appreciated.
     
  2. valis

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    it'd be a lot easier just to buy an enclosure that connects to the new pc via usb, and toss the old HD in that enclosure. You'll have to determine if it's sata or IDE first, but that's pretty simple to do.

    enclosures are pretty cheap, and they come in very handy.
     
  3. Fritz911

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    I,m ,"All Ears", Valis. Tell me more.
     
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  6. Fritz911

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    Thanks for your help guys.
    Think I,ve got it sussed now.
    All I have to do is buy a USB caddy thing, stick the old HD in it and plug it into the new machine.
     
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    You didn't say what kind of a HDD it was.
    Here's a USB HDD adapter that'll connect to a IDE or SATA HDD.
     
  8. Fritz911

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    Thanks for that. I,ve just ordered one.
     
  9. valis

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    Trust me, those come in extremely handy. Should be on every tech's toolkit. :)
     
  10. Gr3iz

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    I agree! I've got one at home and convinced them to buy one at work. Very handy!
     
  11. valis

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    I've got the one at home and expensed the one for work......they are just invaluable for the quick fix. Get the data off, nuke, pave, reinstall. Presto, le done. :)
     
  12. Fritz911

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    Job done.
    Thanks guys.
     
  13. Gr3iz

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    Glad to hear it! You can mark this thread "Solved" using the button near your original post.
     
  14. valis

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    got it.....:)
     
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