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Posted By : Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on December 8, 2003

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I have bought a new computer. I am lending my old SLOW computer to a snow bird friend.

I am the main person on both computers, can I erase some of the information on the old

computer and still retain it on my new computer.

Relize I am really a NOVICE on this device called a computer so be gentle with this little old lady.

This question was answered on December 8, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Yes, all you have to do is back up your files from the old computer on to a disk, then you could erase what you do not want your friend to have on that computer you will be giving to her The files that you backed up from your old computer could now be installed on your new computer, so you would not have lost any files from the old computer to the new.

To copy files and folders to a CD

Insert a blank, writable CD into the CD recorder

Open My Computer

Click the files or folders you want to copy to the CD To select more than one file, hold down the CTRL key while you click the files you want Then, under File and Folder Tasks, click Copy this file, Copy this folder, or Copy the selected items

If the files are located in My Pictures, under Picture Tasks, click Copy to CD or Copy all items to CD, and then skip to step 5.

In the Copy Items dialog box, click the CD recording drive, and then click Copy

In My Computer, double-click the CD recording drive Windows displays a temporary area where the files are held before they are copied to the CD Verify that the files and folders that you intend to copy to the CD appear under Files Ready to be Written to the CD

Under CD Writing Tasks, click Write these files to CD Windows displays the CD Writing Wizard Follow the instructions in the wizard


To open My Computer, click Start, and then click My Computer

Do not copy more files to the CD than it will hold Standard CDs hold up to 650 megabytes (MB) High-capacity CDs hold up to 850 MB

Be sure that you have enough disk space on your hard disk to store the temporary files that are created during the CD writing process For a standard CD, Windows reserves up to 700 MB of the available free space For a high-capacity CD, Windows reserves up to 1 gigabyte (GB) of the available free space

After you copy files or folders to the CD, it is useful to view the CD to confirm that the files are copied

Curt Thompson (student)

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on December 8, 2003

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