Installing the drive in the new computer is a good idea; however, you could also get a drive caddy that hooks to the usb port on your dell. If you have the money to get a device like this, it's really useful. You could put a hard drive, cdrom/dvd drive, etc. in it for this kind of work. CompUSA sells a couple of different types--their own, and others. I have a Micro Plus MP-320 around $60 - $70. I don't know if your old computer has usb capabilities, but your new one certainly will. CD-rw drives are cheap nowadays; a combination of drive caddy with cd-rw drive in it would allow you to burn your data if your old computer has usb. You could also buy a cheap cdrw drive to install in your old computer--around $20-30. Lots of options, but moving the hard drive might be best/least expensive. -- d Barry Cornford wrote: > >Pull the old hard drive out >And place it in your new machine either as Secondary Drive on the Primary >IDE >Or Master or Secondary Drive on the Secondary IDE >If it is a Secondary on the Primary you will need to alter the Jumper to >Slave. >If it is the only drive on the Secondary IDE it won't matter > > > >Friends: > >Attempts to move my files by serial cable have failed. I am now faced with >moving files with incompatible discs. My old computer is equipped with a >3.5" floppy drive (1.44 megs) and a Zip drive (100 megs). It has a CD drive >with no burner. > >Trouble is, some of my files are way too large to move in one chunk and the >alternative is tedious. My new Dell has 3.5" floppy and CD drives with a >burner incorporated in the latter. > >The 3.5" drives are compatible, but much too small. And there lies the >problem. > >Have any of you dealt with similar dilemmas? > >In addition, I have NoteTab Pro 4.83 on a disk. I later upgraded this to >NTB 4.91/np on my old computer. I am not sure if I can install 4.83 on the >new Dell and then upgrade to the latest version of NTB or not. Jody should >know. > >And there is still another similar problem with MB 3.1/rvm which needs to >be moved from old to new computer along with voluminous files accumulated >over several years. I also will be updating MB to the latest version in the >new unit. > >I thought there might be a way to link the two computer by cable so that I >could at least move files from the old computer to the cd burner in the new >unit, but haven't found it. Any light anyone can shed on these problems >will be appreciated. > >An external CD burner would help, but I hate to spend the dough. I could >move the >old HD into an empty bay in the new Dell unit. But that would take some >serious >study and perhaps destroy what's left of my brain. And then there's >USB.............. > >Paul King > > >For a web-based membership management utility and information on list >policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ > >To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx >with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject. > > > >For a web-based membership management utility and information on list >policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ > >To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with >"unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject. > > > > > For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject.