trying to move files from old computer to new

September 6, 2011 at 10:39:59
Specs: windows xp
the old computer will not open windows. Dell says the motherboard is bad. I purchased an easy transfer cable but it looks like I need a screen on the old computer to use this cable. The old monitor says it is in power save mode and to push any key on the keyboard or move the mouse. This does nothing.

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September 6, 2011 at 10:58:57
If this is your cable: won't work if the old PC doesn't work. You need two healthy PCs for that USB data transfer cable to work from PC to PC.


Since your Windows won't load on the Dell, the OS may be corrupt (along with possible bad hardware), you'll need to try something else for data transfer.

Before I transfer data, I make sure the data is clean and run several anti-virus/anti-malware scanners on the data. To do that in a PC that is not working, you need to take the HDD (hard disk drive) out of the bad PC and set it up as a secondary HDD in a good, working PC.

- Put old HDD in new computer as a secondary HDD, if you have the right interface for the old HDD (IDE/SATA). Older machines use IDE HDD connections, newer machines use SATA HDD connectors. Then in Windows on the good PC, simply copy the data from the old HDD to the new HDD.

- If old HDD is an IDE HDD and new PC is SATA, you could use a USB HDD IDE/SATA Data Adapter transfer cable like this: ...and plug the old IDE HDD onto the cable IDE data connector, then plug the USB connection into the new PC to transfer data.

MOOOOooove! OH and you're welcome!

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