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Transfer of infomation from old to new computer

I'm planning on buying a new computer next week. My current computer is fairly obsolete, but there are still some things on it that I wish to keep. Is there some kind of device that I can buy when I get my new system that will transfer just what I want from the old into the new without having to copy the entire hard drive. There is A LOT of stuff I don't want, but some I do. Can I pick and choose? What device would you suggest if there is such a thing?

Thank you for your help!
Debbie Christopherson
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  • Debmomto4 May 04, 2008

    I'm thinking about getting the Compaq Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Desktop Processor E2160 Computer that you have on ad this week. I have no clue how to take out my old hard drive and attach it to the new system. Is it fairly easily explained? I can learn things pretty quickly, and I'm sure I could be walked through it if necessary, but I was hoping of an easy, EASY way. ha ha.

    If you have any ideas, please clue me in!

    Debbie

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Hi,

Offhand, there would be four (4) ways you can go about this:
1. flashdrive, comes in various sizes (storage capacity max is 8Gb). it is small, handy and very easy to use. If your "obsolete PC" is still Windows 98, most flashdrives come with a CD installer/driver just for Win98, in XP it is plug n play. All flashdrives are USB ported;
2. external hard drive, again comes in different storage capacity. Could be anywhere from 120~500Gb. Most current external hard drive are also USB ported. Some even would come with a software for backing up;
3. CD or DVD, CD can contain as much as 700Mb of files while a DVD could hold 4.7Gb. Of course a CD or DVD burner in the old PC is required;
4. networking, if you can get hold of a cross-over cable, you can network the two PCs (new & old) even without a hub or router. And just like in any other network, as long as the resources are shared, you can copy from the old to the new.

On all of the above, you have to manually select which of the files/folders you would want to copy.

A friendly reminder, I don't expect any problem copying files such as documents, spreadsheets, presentations, pictures and others of the like. You might have some issue if what you want to copy is an application. Most (if not all) applications could not be just copied, they have to be re-installed. Therefore what needs to be copied are the installer files not the actual program itself.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Thank you for using FixYa.

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    Louie Role May 04, 2008

    Hi again Debbie,

    and with the indulgence of redrivera...

    Re your second post "...take out my old hard drive and attach it to the new system..." should be fairly easy and is an excellent idea. I'm sure redrivera would clue you in as to how it is done as I could likewise. However pls bear in mind that opening the case of the new Compaq Presario SR5310F to attach the old hard drive as a slave could be enough grounds for the warranty to be void.

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    Louie Role May 04, 2008

    Of course an alternative would be to get hold of an IDE or SATA (as applicable to the old hard drive) adapter to USB with power supply. Its function would be akin to the external hard drive/mass storage device.

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Ms Debie, depending on what type of desktop PC you would be buying... if you know how to remove your old hard disk and can attach to the new one then that is simpliest way of doing it. You can just make your old hard disk a slave drive then you can get any files you wanted from that hardisk then iwhtout changing anything from the old one.

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