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VISTA-Tranferring files from CD-RW on comp.

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Hustleit, Mar 30, 2008.

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  1. Hustleit

    Hustleit Thread Starter

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    I have many music, word, and movie files on my old windows xp computer.
    I want to transfer them to my new vista computer using CD-RW discs.
    I have zipped all files with Winrar, Burned them to a CD-RW, then when i drap and drop files to my new pc, an error comes up stating
    " Cannot read from the source file or disk."
    I have no idea what to do? Please help, Thanks.
     
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    I take it you are not networked.

    You could opt for a usb bridge cable an avoid the hassle of burning and transfering.
    Prices vary, here is a usb 2.0, the 1.1 cable can be had cheaper.

    http://www.usbfiletransfer.com/

    I should also mention, it could just be the drive in the Vista machine doesn't like the burn. You could try installing the drive you burned with into the Vista machine if that is an option (desktop or laptop?)
     
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    Can you explain networked please because i think i can do that with mine if it makes it a lot easier.
     
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    How are you connected to the internet? By router be it wireless or hard wired. IOW's are there a group of 2 or more computers sharing the same internet connection? If so, you only need to join the 2 machines (network) and share the given files.
     
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    Awsome, mine are connected via wireless. Can you give any quick explanation on how to network?
     
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    A flash drive would be a faster and easier solution than setting up a network for one-time use. Vista can be a bit finicky when it comes to file sharing.
     
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    What is the size of the amount of files you want to transfer. Unless you have some extremely large flash drives, anything over a few gigs and you might as well just set up a network. Then you have it in place when you want to transfer anything else in the future.
     
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    Thats why I suggested sticking with the Public folder as it pretty simple. Also he mentioned movies and music so he could have mega-gigs of info and there is no need to purchase anything else.
     
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    Exactly. Would be somewhat cumbersome for example to transfer several hundred gigs of files to and then from a flash drive, over and over again.
     
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    The poster is using CD-RW disks. I doubt hundreds of gigs of data are involved.
     
  12. Bob Cerelli

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    Oh so sorry for the typo. Certainly not hundreds. Or may be a few hundred gigs. Hard to tell given all the amount and types of files mentioned in the first post. For example, I have around 200 gigs of pictures and about 30 gigs of music files. And that doesn't even include all the movies.

    Or were you referring to unbidden other post - "he could have mega-gigs of info and there is no need to purchase anything else."

    But given the information in the first post - "I have many music, word, and movie files", it certainly doesn't look like any small amount.

    Another solution, other than networking, that won't cost you anything and can transfer all your files at once, would be to connect the original drive to the new computer as a slave. It will show up as another hard drive and you can use the Windows Explorer to copy everything.
     
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    My thought is he has two machines and apparently the ability to create a workgroup, therefore why not do it. He can use each pc to back up the other.
     
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    Makes total sense. Especially from the information given in the first post.
     
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