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Need help transfering data from IBM Aptiva to Dell computer

I have an IBM Aptiva E Series 175 Computer that's about 10 years old and I want to transfer some information from that computer to my new Dell computer. I thought that I could use my little thumbdrive (DataTraveler), but when I plug it into the back of the IBM computer, I get a pop up menu stating "ADD NEW HARDWARE WIZARD". I hit the next button and then I have two options. 1) to search for the best driver or 2) Display a list of all drivers. I've tried the first one with no sucess. I'm not sure what to do now. Is it even possible to use my thumbdrive on this computer. I know it's old, but I was hoping it would work. My CD drive will read the disk, but it will not save information to the drive. My floppy drive doesn't work. Can you help??? Please!!!?? Thanks!!

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  • croachell2 Jan 09, 2009

    No, but if I'm forced to go that route I will. I have high speed internet on the Dell computer but not the IBM.

  • croachell2 Jan 09, 2009

    I'll try the smaller flash drive. Do you have any idea of how much that costs? I don't have internet on the IBM, but it sounds like I might have to get internet on the IBM and go that route. Thanks for your help!

  • croachell2 Jan 09, 2009

    I don't think it has ethernet. I actually gave it to my dad about 6 years ago and am just now getting it back so I don't really know what's on the IBM... I'm a dummy when it comes to these things. I guess I need to buck up and put the internet on the IBM. That sounds like the easiest way, but if you have any other ideas, please let me know. Thanks!!!

  • croachell2 Jan 09, 2009

    Thanks! I'll try some of this tomorrow & I sure hope this helps! You've been very helpful!!!

  • Andrew Podner May 11, 2010

    ok then....ethernet (networkcard) in both?

  • Andrew Podner May 11, 2010

    high speed internet access on both computers?


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Possible Fixes:

1)Smaller Flash Drive specifically tested with Win 98
2) this article is a possibility:
3) external CD-Writer that has Win98 Compatibility
4) zip drive or something comparable with Win98 compatibility
5) high speed internet on both machines and use a free file share account
6)if it does have an ethernet card, you could transfer data via a hub/swtich/router or a crossover cable.

if you need help with any of this post a comment back & i'll do my best to help you sort it out

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Sounds like the older computer is a 98 machine - Data Traveler does not have 98 drivers due to its size. Your best bet is to find a smaller flash drive that is 98 compatible - or depending on the size of the data you could e-mail it to yourself.

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