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Files contained on 2 hard drives

I replaced my computer recently but find I have no way to transfer files from the hard drives in my old computer. Is there a way for best buy to do this for me.?

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One beautiful Saturday, Mr. Computer Savvy woke up and stretched his arms to greet the day. "What a lovely day to purchase a new PC," he said aloud. It was a fine idea.
He whistled as he skipped to his Prius, dreaming of the fine 3D gaming performance that would soon be gliding into his study and his life. Away he went to the Big Buy, the mother of all local computer/television/CD/video game/vacuum cleaner stores.
A happy gent named Grilla helped him pick the most lovely and expensive machine in the computer isle. Bells, whistles and more it had. Free AOL for 1600000 hrs too! What a bargain. It was like stealing, Mr. Savvy thought.
The drive home seemed like hours and hours, (it actually was because his Prius can't go over 25MPH) but the arrival at his doorstep was worth every moment of anxious agony.
Mr. Savvy cautiously, yet eagerly, unpacked his new baby and set it up, rigorously following every step of the wordless, laminated instruction sheet. He felt just like the cartoon man on the Quick-Start poster, his grin as wide or greater.
Moments later he was entering all his personal information in his black, metal and plastic Mona Lisa. FirstName - check. LastName - check. Address - check. PhoneNumber - Lets give them all! SSN# - check. CreditCard (for premium support) - check. MothersMaidenName - check. FirstPet - check. ChildrensNames - I'll give them to you when I find out what they are.
Mouse clicks were flying like blank wads at a Wild-West show. Savvy's joy was filling the room faster than a Chippendale's cuff at a ladies retirement home. The future was brighter then it ever had been before. Every moment is fleeting.
Something was wrong. Savvy could not identify it immediately, but a creepy feeling was welling inside of him. Dread. It was horrible dread, and it was soon deafening him.
"My Documents!"
"My Photos!"
"My Music!"
"My Sims!"
"My Wow characters!" server-side stored, "Whew!"
Like a Juliard-trained soloist, Mr. Savvy immediately knew what he must do. Transferring his files from his old machine to his new one was the only solution for which any hope at all existed.

(Solution in here):

He turned off the power of both machines, pulled out the ATA hard drive from his old computer and set the jumper for master. Savvy then inserted his old drive on the 2nd IDE channel master of the new computer. Minutes later, file copying was well under way. His day, no, his life, was saved. Or it could have been.
What's this? Oh NO! His new machine has what they call SATA only, and his old one has an archaic technology developed my the ancient Mayans called ATA. Earlier this day, he expended the last funds source when purchased the extended "3-Month or 30-Hour, No Questions Asked except for maybe a couple of little ones" warranty, so buying a PCI IDE controller card or an external IDE to USB drive box now is a virtual impossibility.
Visions of the solution flashed in and flew around Mr. Savvy's mind. The answer was there somewhere. "Check the top drawer," it said. And he did.
He slowly drew the drawer back to reveal the Grail he had been looking for. With lettering "Kingston" gracefully silk-screened on its ebony side, the USB drive looked like the manna he so desperately longed for.

NEXT CHAPTER: 3D - a Triple Disappointment

(Solution Here too!):

So basically, he powered up both machines and manually transfered the files using his thumb drive, concentrating on the My Documents folder. Many newer machines have both SATA(2) and ATA controllers and connectors on the motherboard. Cheaper ones usually use the ATA for the CD-ROM. If all drives and the new machine are SATA and your old drives are ATA, just pull the cable(s) from your old machine and see if you can plug it in on the new motherboard. Don't forget to plug-in the power.
WARNING: Opening the case on a brand-new machine may void your warranty.
If you have a home network, you can use it to transfer your files, but Microsoft no longer makes it easy for you.

Posted on Jul 14, 2008

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