Using a 2.5 External hdd in a file transfer

Seagate hard drive / St3331ac-m
October 26, 2010 at 11:57:01
Specs: Windows 7 Enterprise, AMD 64

I want to transfer files from WinXP over to Windows 7. I have purchased the required USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Transfer Cable, and have installed the W.E.T. Program to WinXP.

Hard drives on WinXP:
WDC 500GB SATA 7200 (Form Factor: 3.5”)
Seagate 320GB SATA 7200 (Form Factor: 3.5”)

Hard drives on Windows 7:
Hitachi PATA 7200 (Form Factor 3.5”)
WDC PATA 7200 (Form Factor 3.5”)

Hard drive to facilitate transfers:
WDC 120GB Exterior USB 2.0 (Form Factor: 2.5”)

What more is needed to launch this file transfer successfully? Please note the inclusion for a WDC hard drive with a form factor of 2.5”
What other gadgets are needed to setup this 2.5” hard drive to work with the current system?

Thanks in advance for your input in solving this problem.


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October 26, 2010 at 12:02:14
You did not need to install anything.

All you do is plug the usb drive into a usb port, then bring up explorer and copy the data you wish to transfer to the usb drive.

You then plug the same drive into a usb port on the windows 7 box and copy the data to the hard drive.

This is a simple operation.

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October 26, 2010 at 12:14:29
Thanks wanderer:

Thanks for your speedy reply!
I will get started as soon as UPS drops it off, which should be any day now.

The confusion really started when reading other posts where people seems to have their share of problems with the 2.5" hdd, also, this being my first ever 2.5" hdd.

As you may already know, generally, this is a "one-time" operation, at least in the near future, and this drive may never be used again.

Again, thanks, much!

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November 2, 2010 at 13:55:28
Thanks wanderer:

After receiving the 2.5" drive, I plugged it in and began the Transfer task. It copied 36.8GB of stuff to the 2.5 hdd in 1 hour, 15 minutes and was prompted for the Next page.
On his page, the Program complained about being unable to find the WET program, an error message I had not anticipated, and it threw me into a panic mode because I knew full well that the program exists and is loaded, and is included in the Windows 7 OS itself.
After taking a long break, I went back over my work and it dawned on me that I never removed the USB cable/2.5" hdd from Windows XP machine!

I have re-formatted the 120GB hd with the default NTFS. So I will restart the operation from scratch and hoping for a successful conclusion.


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