transfer Xp info to Win 7, 64 bit

March 8, 2010 at 08:56:10
Specs: Windows 7 64 bit
My computer using windows XP crashed. The hard drive is OK. I am now running windows 7, 64 bit. Can I put the old hard drive in an external case, [the XP hard drive] and use it to recover the data and transfer the information to the windows 7 machine. Any special instruction needed to do this?


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#1
March 8, 2010 at 09:48:01
You should be able to recover your documents, pictures, and whatnot. Few, if any, programs can be recovered.

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#2
March 8, 2010 at 13:16:17
Thank you for your help. I'll purchase an external case, and hope for the best.
JoJohn

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#3
March 8, 2010 at 13:41:39
This assumes, of course, that the HDD itself is good, and not the reason for the OS crash.

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#4
March 8, 2010 at 13:49:34
If you are computer savvy, you could simply piggy-back the old disk as a secondary to your current disk & you wouldn't need an enclosure.

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#5
March 8, 2010 at 17:53:09
If you actually have two computers you might be able to boot the old one to a live cd. I think your W7 dvd will also mount non-W7 drives too. I'd use a mint 8 live cd.

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#6
March 8, 2010 at 21:54:50
an adaptor is a great way to go:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...

I use that for recovering files and other things from crashed laptop and desktop hard drives.

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#7
March 9, 2010 at 21:22:29
I put my old hard drive directly into the computer internally, copied my files over to the new one and formatted the old drive to use as a back up destination (manual or automatic). That way if anything major happens, I can just pull the drive to another computer, or restore the files after the problem is fixed.

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#8
May 7, 2010 at 07:05:27
My old computer motherboard running bit xp died. The new computer running 64 bit Win 7 will not properly access the files on the old drive connected by usb. This has proven the same for all 4 of my backup external drives. I have letters, documents, and photos covering over a hundred years. I've been told that the only way i can recover my data properly is to plug the drives into an xp system, connect these to my new win 7 comp and use the transfer files tool on Win 7. From everything i've seen, this looks like the only way to do this reliably.

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#9
May 7, 2010 at 19:08:39
As I stated in response 7, I removed the working hard drive from my old XP computer, installed it as a second internal hard drive. Windows 7 had NO problem accessing all of my files for transferring over. After I transferred the files over, I formatted the drive. I am still using the drive as my back up location. This should work for you as well.

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