- Get a 4-port wireless router (wireless for future upgrades like wireless printers, laptops or WirelessNetworkAccessStorage). Belkin has lifetime warranty and great customer support. Linksys is Cisco's generic line. They're good too because of who makes them, but sometimes* a headache to set up.
- Set up your router via the instruction that come with it. Take care when naming the connection or SSD as this cannot contain any offensive language, due to FCC regulations.
- Disable the wireless aspect or set a wireless password.
- Set the entire drive(s) on your old PC for sharing by right clicking on the drive in Windows Explorer, selecting Sharing & Security and checking the appropriate boxes after being warned that you are about to share the drive.. or just share each individual folder you wish to move.
- Create a new folder somewhere on your new computer, but never in Windows or Program Files. Desktop is fine but don't clutter it with a bunch of icons, in ... or put new folder in My Documents.
- Hook up both computers by plugging each into a port on the router.
- Start the Network Setup Wizard from Control Panel. Your network type will be "Other" and click Next, put a tick by "... computers connect through a hub..." and click Next. Put a tick in the appropriate boxes, clicking next, repeat until you get to the computer name, etc. Name your new computer, give a description (like One of Two, One of Five, Two of Three) of your computer. Create a Network name on the next page, it'll probably already say HOME, MSHOME or WORKPLACE. You can name it whatever you want. Now you will have a different box that asks if you wish to enable printer and file sharing. Say yes, Okay out of the warning after you read it and then click Next after reviewing the info. Create a Network Disc or just do the same on the new computer.
- Reboot both machines
- Go to My Network Places on the new computer
- You should see the shared drive, click on it and move your files to your new computer.
All the old components in your old system are most likely still sought by others. Whether it be memory, processors, Power Supply, CD-Roms or the MotherBoard and a lot of teh parts can be switched over to your new computer... including the old hard drive. Do not give anyone the License Key off the back of your old computer. That can be used on another computer you own, but only one, under the changed hardware clause of the contract. If purchased new and someone privateers that key from you, you can still contact microsoft as owner and reactivate your new PC with the key, by telling them you have changed hardware. That will put an end to the use of the computer with the stolen key unless Windows Updates was compromised.Expanding:
Your new system should have bays for more drives. By adding the old drive as a slave drive on the second HDD Controller you can give yourself more storage space.External Hard Drive Enclosure:
(These can be purchased separately, with no hard drive installed)
Open the enclosure, plug your drive into it & close the enclosure
Power on your new system
Plug the new drive into the power receptacle/surge protector
Plug it into your USB connection (or however it connects to your PC)
Windows should discover the drive immediately and ask what you wish to do. Open the drive with Windows Explorer and copy the files you want to your new drive
Do not try and copy WINDOWS folder to your new system or any programs unless programs are stand alone. If the programs require installation, use the disk. Anything else could cause instability on your new system if moved to the wrong place.