my pc recently gave out so i want to transfer my files from my old pc's hard drive to my friends pc. the geek squad guy said that the new pc should just read the old HD as if it were an external HD so i purchased a dynex external hd kit and installed my old HD into it and connected it to my friend's pc via a usb cord. the files show up but we keep getting a message of "permission error" when we try to move the files to his pc. Does it matter that my old HD had windows xp and his pc has vista? i also read on this site that it might be a problem with the jumpers on the external HD. i am a novice so laymans terms please. thank you for your help!
Re: windows xp to vista external HD transfer problem?
It is exactly right... YOU are not 'in control' of the hard drive and your buddy's computer doesnt have the 'permissions' to work with YOUR files...
It MAY be possible to get the okay if he logs into his computer as the administrator.... it is NOT an actual 'hardware' issue... being able to see the files says that... XP and vista are 'close enuf' design-wise that drive compatability isnt it either...
If your friend can log in as 'administrator' he will likely be able to take 'ownership' of the files on your 'external' drive and get what you need!
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You do not have the best version of Win7... you have the cheap one. If you had the fancy Win7 version of even any version of WinXP you could see your files, if the HDD is good. Ask a friend for assistance and plug the USB adapter into another PC. (I have my diagnostics PC with WinXP to avoid the issue.)
The easiest way is to connect the old hard drive to an USB adapter case and make it an USB external hard drive. Connect this to the USB port on your new computer, the computer will see the external hard drive as an External storage device. You can then open the various folder on the hard drive and copy the files to your new computer. You can delete all the unnecessary folders and files off the old hard drive and use it as a backup storage device.
Yes it does matter. XP was configured for the old Toshiba and this will only work if both Toshiba laptops are exactly the same model.
To get your new Toshiba operating, put the new hard drive with the Vista operating system back in the Toshiba laptop.
To transfer your data from the old hard drive, purchase a USB adapter hard drive case and place the old hard drive inside this case. This will then be an external USB hard drive.
Plug this USB hard drive into the new Toshiba's USB port and it will detect it as an external storage/hard drive. You can then open the various folders and files and copy the data files to your new Toshiba.
To free up disk space on this USB hard drive, delete the Windows folder, Program Files folder and other folders that are no longer needed.
Use this hard drive as a backup hard drive etc.
Not exactly a solution but I have had the same problem with one of these Simple Tech Signature Mini 320's for a while. Real finicky. Will only be recognized on direct connected to MB USB ports and even then with Win 7 or XP I get the "This USB device can perform faster if you connect it to a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port." no matter what ports I connect it to. While having this issue on this "main" computer I have previously connected it to some other computer (don't remember which, now) and it connected at 2.0 speed. What's going on??
no you can what you have to use is files and setting transfer wizard in windows xp
you can start the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard by clicking Start on the computer running Windows XP, pointing to All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and then clickingFiles and Settings TransferWizard. (If both computers are running XP, you can start with either one.) just select "i want create wizard disk in following drive " and select you external disk drive tha will do the trick...
put in your recovery disc and follow the instructions on it, you may need to reinstall the drivers and os....i just worked on a laptop with media center and thats what needed to be done, it was the same with the rebooting and video stuff, make sure not to activate the mcafee antivirus if it's out of date or subscription is up, it will not allow your puter to run properly, the other thing i discovered with that...hope this helps hun....shia
If you had given a password to windows vista on the the failed system. You would not be able to get into you files if they were saved in default folder like Documents >Pictures >music .
You need to use a data recovery sofware to do the job. A local tech would do the same for around 80$.
I know how to do it all you got to do is go to start click on network and copy ur files from vista pc name to the xp name and your done i wish i could make a video but i don't have a camera. if u have any questions email me firstname.lastname@example.org