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What's the best way to transfer data from a machine running 98 to a new computer preloaded with XP?


This question was answered on July 29, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

This is all rather garbled, but it should help The step by step instructions I typed should be more clear

Open your old computer, and your new computer, the hard drive out of the old computer, disconnecting the IDE and power cables, Do not that 2-6 screws will be holding this hard drive in, so make sure you have a Phillips head non-magnetized screwdriver to use.

On the back of the top of the old hard driver (the one you just removed) there's a sticker, that tells you the jumper settings for master, slave, and some times cable select Your after the slave settings Move the jumpers (The little plastic thing connecting the two wire-type things) around so that they look like they do in the slave picture/description.

Now, you need to mount this hard drive (old one) next to the new one, by lining up the holes on the computer case, with the holes on the drive, and placing the 4 screws back in it

Connect the IDE cable to the hard drive, make sure its the same one connecting to the primary drive, there should be a port free and connect the power cable, plug the computer back in, and turn it on windows should automatically recognize it, then you'd just go into the drive in copy it from one to the other blah blah I'm sure you know what your doing from there.

So, step by step:

1.) Turn both computers off, and remove the panels or covers on both cases.

2.) Disconnect IDE and power cables to old drive.

3.) Remove the screw that hold the HDD in place (It usually vary from 2-6) Make SURE your using a non magnetized driver, in most cases, a Philips head Also be sure your hlding on to the drive so it doesn't drop all of a sudden and get damaged.

4.) Set the jumper settings on the old HDD to slave.

5.) Place the new HDD in the new computers case Make sure you line up the holes.

6.) Connect the IDE and power cables up to the old drive Make sure your using the IDE cable that also goes to the new drive It should have a port open If it doesn't, you may need to purchase a new IDE cable.

7.) Plug the new machine back in, and turn it on, windows should automatically recognize the new drive Your all set to go.

Things to remember:

Make sure your working in a static free environment, or at least that your grounded to a metal object, so you don't accidentally damage a component, while removing the drive(s).

If the inside of your computer is dusty, you mite want to consider using a dust vacuum or compressed air to clean it out If you use a vacuum, be careful not to suck in any loose jumpers or wires.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on July 29, 2003