connecting old computer to new one for file transfer

January 5, 2012 at 07:33:11
Specs: Windows 7
I would like to connect an old computer to my new one to get files off of it. I was wondering how I can do that without an ethernet connection. Can i just use a usb cable and have access to the old computer that way?

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January 5, 2012 at 07:38:54
Burn them do a CD on the old PC or buy a USB HD enclosure & remove the drive & put it in the enclosure. Radio Shack has a nice one.

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January 5, 2012 at 07:40:23
The easiest way would be to take the hard drive out of the old unit, slave it into the new unit and copy your files. You don't mention if this is a laptop of desktop. You could use a flash drive/jump drive if you have one.

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January 5, 2012 at 07:50:52
There has been a way for decades to transfer files. It was originally called interlink and interserve but they changed the name to something like file transfer wizard. You need to either buy a serial or parallel cable or make one.

They also sell special usb cables just for that use if both offer a usb on each end.

You may also just buy a $4 usb ethernet adapter and connect it that way to the new one.

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January 5, 2012 at 21:00:14
My preferred method is removing the hard drive and installing it internally as a second hard drive and copying the files over to the new drive. The drive can then be wiped if you like and reformatted as extra storage space or as a back up destination, of just put back on the old machine if serviceable as a hand-me-down (after files are deleted or windows is reloaded).

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