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Portable Harddrive not Copying everything...

Ok, i synchronized all my main files off my old laptop and want to put it on my new desktop...unfortunatly only a gig of memory is being copied to the new pc while the harddrive has about 26g of memory stored up...also, the laptop was vista while the new desktop in XP pro....would that make a difference in the files i can and cannot transfers? i mainly want to get my music off my old laptop to my desktop, which the songs are on the harddrive, but it wont copy onto the pc...

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It assumes that the drive C is the drive you booted from or the "root" drive. You must make it something other than "C". Try putting in a camera card, hooking up an external drive or other device that the computer makes drive "C" THEN hook up your passport. It will be "D" or "G" or something other than "C" and it will work.

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