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Transfer old HD to new with W95/98 help

By sleyba ·
I have a user with very critical files using two small hard drives. He is currently using W95. I want to transfer all the data from the old hard drives to a new computer with a much larger hard drive and W98. What is the easist way to do this. The new hard drive already has W98 installed.

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by SyscoKid In reply to Transfer old HD to new wi ...

If you have a portable tape drive available, or a zip drive, that may be one answer.

Also, it's easy enough to install each of the old drives as a slave in the new machine, and copy directly from disk to disk.

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by CrisisBleeds In reply to Transfer old HD to new wi ...

One way to get the "data" from the old drives to the new pc would be to connect the drives to the same machine. You could accomplish this by adding both drives to the secondary controller. As long as one drive's jumper settings are set to slave thenwhen it boots it should see the disks and you should be able to pull the data to a partition on your bigger drive (assuming your new drive is the master on the primary controller. Once the "data" is transferred then you remove the drives and put whatever was on the secondary controller back on.
My concern is that you are not only talking about "data" but programs as well. If that is the case, if they are windows based applications you will not be able to transfer the programs, only data (e.g.-*.doc,*.xls, *.mdb, *.jpg, etc.). You will still have to reinstall the programs.
If the user is on a current existing network you could get the old machine on the network and move the files to another machine with larger capacity. You then get the new on the network and copy those files to the new machine. If they are both connected at the same time and have file and printing sharing enabled, you could move the files directly.
Once again, it is important to know whether or not the client needsjust files moved and/or apps moved or reinstalled.

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by CrisisBleeds In reply to Transfer old HD to new wi ...

One way to get the "data" from the old drives to the new pc would be to connect the drives to the same machine. You could accomplish this by adding both drives to the secondary controller. As long as one drive's jumper settings are set to slave thenwhen it boots it should see the disks and you should be able to pull the data to a partition on your bigger drive (assuming your new drive is the master on the primary controller. Once the "data" is transferred then you remove the drives and put whatever was on the secondary controller back on.
My concern is that you are not only talking about "data" but programs as well. If that is the case, if they are windows based applications you will not be able to transfer the programs, only data (e.g.-*.doc,*.xls, *.mdb, *.jpg, etc.). You will still have to reinstall the programs.
If the user is on a current existing network you could get the old machine on the network and move the files to another machine with larger capacity. You then get the new on the network and copy those files to the new machine. If they are both connected at the same time and have file and printing sharing enabled, you could move the files directly.
Once again, it is important to know whether or not the client needsjust files moved and/or apps moved or reinstalled.

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by sleyba In reply to Transfer old HD to new wi ...

Thanks for the help so far. And yes, I need applications copied also. This is the Controller's computer and has very vital programs on it (like payroll!) :)

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by mphoffar In reply to Transfer old HD to new wi ...

Hooking up the HD and just copying files over, I don't beleive would completely do the job. Some may wprk, but I'd be certain theres an ini entry or a reg entry that's critical for the operation of that application. I do not know of a way to transfer a program and have it search for entries it depends on other then reloading the software.

If you don't beleive that'll be a problem, then I feel the easiest way is to just network the two together using NetBEUI for your protocol and enable file and print sharing and just copy them over.

Good luck to you

Mark

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by stngfan1 In reply to Transfer old HD to new wi ...

There is no easy way to do this because you are switching the OS. I would use MS/backup and backup the whole system on his old pc. Restore ONLY the program directories to his new pc, and run the install.exe for each program and install it using the same directoires. You won't lose any data, but you have to install to get the programs to run.

Also watch out for programs installed on the D drive, when you restore them there going to think there on D drive still. Running the install.exe and picking the proper directory should cure this.

If you were going to keep the same OS, you can do it without installing all programs.

Good Luck TM.

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