Solved old hard drives - moving the information to another computer

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June 19, 2013 at 04:00:43
Specs: Windows 7, don't know
Hi all! I have more than one old computer sitting around. I can't throw them out cause I worry that they might have something on them that I'll still want. So I wonder if you can advise me, or have a link to advise me, how to take these old drives and save their contents to my laptop?
(I don't have $ so this is something I have to do myself)
Thanks in advance!!
K

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June 19, 2013 at 04:59:21
"they are very old...from a few years to more than a decade"

A decade old PC obviously isn't as fast as a modern one but it should be running WinXP which means it's still viable in 2013. There are millions of PCs from the early 2000's still in service. If your machines are still bootable, just fire them up & transfer your files to a USB flash drive (or burn them to a CD/DVD), then transfer from the flash drive (or CD/DVD) to your laptop.



#1
June 19, 2013 at 04:13:07
You have two choices, create a network with a router to transfer the files or use a USB Hard drive enclosure.

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June 19, 2013 at 04:32:07
Thank you.
I do want to try and create a home network between my laptop and 2 other desktops...but as for the old ones, I cannot include them. I assume that I might have to manually put their parts into one of the more current desktops first before I can get to their info?
Also, at least one of these old ones has been part of a network....is there something I need to do with them in order to start over from scratch?
Can you advise the best/easiest way to create a home network?
Thanks again
Take care
K

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#3
June 19, 2013 at 04:38:21
How old are the old computers? If they have ethernet (cat5) jacks, you can connect all computers to a router, to create your network. If not, you need a USB HD enclosure. Then you can connect one HD at a time, to the laptop.

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#4
June 19, 2013 at 04:45:16
Or something like this which is likely to be cheaper than a USB enclosure if it is only going to be used once.

Just plug the adaptor and power supply into the hard disk and the USB into the lapot and the drive will appear as a removable drive.

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BTW Guapo. You don't need a router to connect two computers together in a netwrok. All you need is a crossover cable. Even if there were three you still wouldn't need a router, a switch will do it. You would only need a router if you wanted to connect these computer to the Internet.

So if both computers have an netwrok interface card, connect them together via a crossover cable.

Give one and address of 192.168.1.1
The other 192,168,1,2
Both a netwrok mask of 255,255,255,0

No need to worry about the gateway address. Then you can transfer you files over the netwrok. However, the USB option might be better as it is a lot simpler.

Stuart


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#5
June 19, 2013 at 04:46:41
Oh, they are very old...from a few years to more than a decade lol.
Again, thank you for your advice!
Take care
K

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June 19, 2013 at 04:59:21
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"they are very old...from a few years to more than a decade"

A decade old PC obviously isn't as fast as a modern one but it should be running WinXP which means it's still viable in 2013. There are millions of PCs from the early 2000's still in service. If your machines are still bootable, just fire them up & transfer your files to a USB flash drive (or burn them to a CD/DVD), then transfer from the flash drive (or CD/DVD) to your laptop.


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#7
June 19, 2013 at 05:15:33
ok Thank You for your suggestions!

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#8
June 19, 2013 at 05:42:54
A switch is almost the same price as a router. If I had neither, I'd buy the router first. There is more of a chance that I would use it again.

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#9
June 19, 2013 at 18:46:55
Depending on how big the old drives are and how big the laptop drive is you may be able to copy each drive entirely to its own folder on the laptop's drive. That way you can decide later what to keep and what to delete.

Well, once you figure out how to do the actual transfer.


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