I need to transfer files from an external hardrive
I need to transfer files from an external harddrive to a Dell Pc on which I am running Windows vista home premium. It has a built in file transfer program but I don't know how to use it for an external harddrive.
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Re: I need to transfer files from an external hardrive
Well you don't need to use a file transfer program. Just open "My Computer" then open the External Harddrive in one window and open the folder that you want to transfer to in another window. Then you can select the files you want and either drag them over to the folder. Or you can right click on each file then click on cut or copy and then paste them in the new folder. Or you can click on Edit at the top, select all, and then cut or copy and then paste them all in the new folder never needing the Transfer program. It is a pretty simple process, but if you have any further questions, please let me know. It is just like moving files from any other drive, such as flash or a cd.
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Hi, You can transfer the data files only from the old laptop to the new one. You cannot transfer the installed applications/software. Software are required to installed again on the new laptop afresh. To transfer the data you can use external portable hard disk, which can be connected to the PC using any USB port (just like pen drive) and you can copy - paste the required data to the external disk just like you copy data from one partition to another. After copying the required data, you can connect the external drive to new laptop and copy the data to the new laptop. You can use external drive of any brand/ capacity. However, it is better to have an external drive with larger capacity, so that you can transfer the data in one go.
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As I understand your problem,
1. The error could be caused by: memory, video, hardrive or drivers;
2. Windows by asking you to run CHKDSK /F has detected a possible problem with your harddrive;
3. It is possible that the reason you cannot go to DOS mode is because your harddrive is formatted in NTFS and not FAT332.
There are a couple of ways on how to go about this but all would require that you have access to second PC:
1. Run a third party software (BartPE) that you will have to boot from your CD Drive or USB and run a disk checking utility;
2. Remove your hardrive and install it as a secondary master in the 2nd PC and run chkdsk or scandisk;
3. Remove your hardrive and install it in an external HD enclosure and connect using USB to the 2nd PC and run chkdsk or scandisk;
4. Remove your hardrive and install it either USB or as secondary master to the 2nd PC. Copy all your important files to the 2nd PC, and repartition/reformat. Reinstall to the eMachine and reinstall Windows.
There is a possibility that even if you were able to run CHKDSK or Scandisk eventually your best bet would still be #4. If you have gained access to the inside of your eMachine PC, it would also be a good idea to remove/reinsert any cards and the memory stick(s). A little housekeeping would also be nice.
I hope that this be of some help and pls post again how things turn up or if you need further information. Goodluck and kind regards.
once in the setup (F2 at boot) turn on Caps Lock, NumLock and Scroll Lock (all 3 keyboard lights on)
Press ALT + E (system should beep once)
Press ALT + F (System should beep once)
Press ALT + B (System should reboot and re-detect drives)
Nope. you cannot access your files. even if you use a external hard dive to access the files.
i suggest you install windows 7 in your computer but do not reformat the hard disk . in that way your files will still be saved in your harddrive. Once you have access to your files i suggest you save them in a flash drive or external hard drive if you have one. then reformat your computer and install a windows xp.
here is a tutorial on how to install windows 7 without reformatting your harddrive.
Goodluck. If you have any success using my solution please give me updates.. Thanks
It could be that the OS is not assigning a drive letter to your removable drive. To do this, go to disk management and assign one.
Right-click My Computer then Manage Click on Disk Management Right-click the removable drive and click on Change Drive Letter Assign a drive letter and click OK Your drive should now show up on My Computer
The loading PBR descriptor error that you are getting could be because of two reasons. An invalid DOS partison on the harddrive and second a bad hardrive.
Use the following link to debug the harddrive ie. low level format of the hardrive. if the issue is still unresolved, it would require a replacement the harddrive.
A laptop can only have a single internal harddrive but you can replace your current drive with a larger one. The cost will depend on the size of the drive... goto the dell site and get your drive specs then goto a hardrive manufacturer site like Maxtor and see what size drives are avialble with the same specs ... you will have to backup and transfere all your files and also reinstall all of your applications and OS...