Solved Easy way to copy & transfer data from many old hard drives

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April 2, 2015 at 18:46:58
Specs: Windows 7, don't know
My old question timed out so I'm looking for more help on .......Copy info from an old hard drive...continued...

I have too many old computers ... afraid to get rid of them 'in case' there might be something on the drives that I still want lol. I'd like to copy/save info from the old ones. I was just given a 'Seagate backup plus slim' which I hope will do the job. Any advice would be appreciated.
Something I'll need to learn is how to take a drive from one computer and put it into another computer ... if you know of a tutorial/etc please let me know. Thanks in advance:)


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April 2, 2015 at 20:49:51
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Just buy one of these. You can connect any drive you have with it and plug in the USB cable to access the drive. I have one and they work great.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#2
April 3, 2015 at 09:56:23
One option would be to simply boot up each computer, then copy the files you want to keep to either a USB jumpdrive, external hard drive, or burn the files to a disc. You can then transfer those files to their final resting place/computer.

Another would be as OtheHill suggested, but that will require removing the hard drives from each computer, connecting them to the adapter, connecting the adapter to the final resting place/computer, then maneuvering thru the folders to find the files you want to keep & copying them off. It's fairly simple for someone who's familiar with where everything is stored, but not so simple for a novice.


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April 3, 2015 at 12:14:45
"Something I'll need to learn is how to take a drive from one computer and put it into another computer".

That is sometimes not possible without adapters and is unnecessary.

How to open cases may vary with each computer.

If you provide more details on the computers we may be able to help more.

Personally, I would not get rid of the computers with the hard drive still installed unless you are giving them to someone that is going to actually use them. In that case you need to remove your personal information first, IMO.


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