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By sdavis23 ·
I need to transfer some - not all - data from an old hard drive to a new one. I have the software CD's so that I can reinstall. Just wondering best way to transfer Outlook Express files, documents, music, isp settings, etc. Do I have to connect the 2 computers or can I just copy info to CD's and transfer to new computer via CD?

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by BFilmFan In reply to New Hard Drive

Save your Outlook Express mail as a PST.
I would advise burning all your files onto CD for transfer. This would give you both a backup copy in the event a disk fails and an easy method of transport.

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by TheChas In reply to New Hard Drive

New hard drive?
Or new computer?

Makes a big difference.

Specific instructions vary depending on which version of Windows you are running.

If you have a "NEW" computer that is running Windows XP, your best option is to network the 2 PCs and use the file and settings transfer wizard to transfer your data files and settings to the new PC.
If you first run the transfer preparation tool on the old PC, you should even be able to transfer most programs.

If this is a new hard drive, I would start by checking if the hard drive manufacture has a drive copy utility.
If so, partition and format the new hard drive as desired.
Then boot from the floppy or CD that came with the drive and manually step through the menus to copy your old drive onto the new drive.

If you do wish to perform a clean installation of Windows, then:

Install Windows and device drivers onto the new hard drive.
Shut down and install the old hard drive as a slave or secondary drive.

Copy over your data files.

Then, open Outlook Express.
Click on file, import
Browse to the folder where your mail, address book and other information is stored and import.

Outlook Express mail is stored in .DBX files.
There is 1 file for each OE folder plus 1 more file.
The location of the mail file varies by the version of Windows.
For W98 the path is along the lines of:
C:\Windows\Application Data\Identities\{a string}\Microsoft\Outlook Express\

For Windows XP the path is:
C:\Documents and Settings\{user name}\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{a string}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

I do recommend that you copy your files to a CD as a backup. You should be backing up your files on a regular basis anyhow.

If you need more specifics, please post back the details of your hardware and version of Windows.


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by melvin_780702 In reply to New Hard Drive

Partition and format your new drive as how you want it to be...

Is your OS Win98? If so, slave your new drive to your old drive...Boot from your old drive....Run... XCOPY c:\*.* /k/e/r/c/h d ....meaning you are copying all files from c including system files and all other...you dn't need to reinstall drivers in this case....After that remove your old drive and set the nes one into master....then boot....From there you can delete the files you no longer need...

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