Transfering Data With Windows XP Laptop

September 6, 2011 at 15:20:22
Specs: Windows XP / Windows, dONT KNOW
I have a prospective client that wants to transfer data from one HP laptop that has a 120 Gig HD with Windows XP that has a corrupt system which seems to be due to a hardware failure to another laptop--which I also believe is an HP--that has Windows 2011...he was told by HP to get a device that he said he could get from best buy to attach to the old laptop and transfer the data directly to the new computer...he said the device was about $ this a good solution? If so are there any easy to follow tutorials online for this?....I also have a Mini Windows XP CD that boots Mini windows XP from it so that data can be accessed but I could see my portable USB drive when I tried it on my own computer...was thinking maybe data could be backed up to a portable USB drive...unfortunately I don't know the name of the device he was talking about and I don't think he knows either...he said it was recommended by HP.

Thanks in advanced for any helpful incite or helpful answers.

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September 6, 2011 at 15:30:19
The hard drive has to be removed from the damaged system & put in a USB hard drive enclosure & connected to the destination PC. Be sure to get a IDE enclosure if it's IDE & SATA if it's SATA.

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September 6, 2011 at 19:12:43
"120 Gig HD with Windows XP that has a corrupt system "

Test your hard drive with hard drive manufacturer's diagnostics.

Seagate's SeaTools will test (almost) any brand of hard drive.

Do the long test.

The Dos bootable versions of SeaTools can test the hard drive when Windows will not load properly, or even when the drive has no data on it.

It the drive itself passes the test, any data problems on the drive can be fixed one way or another.

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September 7, 2011 at 09:13:39
The whole deal makes no sense. You don't transfer data that may contain virus's or rootkits to a different system.

You might consider making a ntbackup with system state of all the data on the suspect system to an external usb drive. Then you test the xp system with diag suite. At least memtest and the hard drive diags. Then reload the xp system with OEM disks and see how it runs. It is is fine then apply all service packs and security suite. Then if fine apply limited data back.

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