Sin: I tried a serial port link because I happened to have the cable on hand. It didn't work and I later learned that this a fairly common occurrence, but failed to find an explanation on the web of reasons for failure or how to remedy the condition. My old computer has USB 1.0 and the new one USB 2.0 and I'd have to buy another cable to try a USB linkage which has been suggested here. Shifting the old HD to the new box is a first for me. I have no good reason for dual booting on the new machine since my programs (including the oldest) thus far function well with XP. Thus I can dispense with mastering a dual boot setup on virtual drives in the new box. Can I move a few executables as well as data files? I Know I can put two instances of MS Explorer on the screen to see both drives while manipulating files. Will WINXP (new drive) conflict at all with WIN98se on the old drive? Is it best to copy rather than move the data files in the interest of safety? My backups are on 3.5" floppies and Zip discs. I am unable to use the Zip discs with new system unless I buy an external Iomega Zip drive which CDs have already superseded. I have too much stuff on 3.5" floppies to abandon that drive just yet. The old HD is out of the case and ready to install. Paul K. At 05:51 PM 4/9/2004, you wrote: > >I am new on the list and I'm getting in on this thread late... so I >apologize if this has already been suggested, but have you tried a cross >over cable? As far as your USB ports go... in the device manager under USb >ports if it list them as "enhanced" they are USB 2. If not they are USB 1.x. >HTH > >Sin > >----- Original Message ----- >From: "Paul M. King" <peking7@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> >To: <24hoursupport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> >Sent: Wednesday, April 07, 2004 2:53 PM >Subject: [24hoursupport] Re: Transferring data from old to new computer > > > > > > Greetings All: > > > > You have come up with a number of good options. Right now, I think my best > > bet is to install my old 7 gig HD beneath my new 80 gig HD and make the > > small drive the slave for the data transfer. I will probably remove the > > small HD soon since it has been in use 6 years and is showing signs of > > unreliability. I have a few executables to transfer too, the ones > > downloaded from the web. Sounds cheap (free is a very good price) and >fast. > > > > Some of you asked for more info about my systems. I bought a Compaq > > Presario 5030 in 1998 just in time to get WIN98 with it. I later installed > > WIN98SE The unit is equipped with a CD drive, ZIP drive, and 3.5" floppy. >I > > just looked in the MS System Information File for the USB version, but > > couldn't find it there. Two USB ports are on the front of the case. > > > > The Dell arrived in March 2004. It came loaded with WINXP Home Edition. I > > ordered it with a CD-RW drive and DVD+RW drive. I had it a day and >realized > > I still needed a 3.5" floppy drive. They are virtually free these days, so > > I bought and installed it myself. The DELL unit has 6 USB ports on the >back > > of the case. > > > > My new unit is many times faster than the old. Bootup time is 10-15 >seconds > > compared to 2 minutes for the old unit. I'm still on dialup service, but > > DSL will soon be available here. I intend to convert when it comes. > > > > The Dell case is large enough to accommodate expansion. I am happy to be > > free of the paternal control of the Compaq family of computers and wasn't > > even curious about any changes that H-P might make after the merger. My > > interests include chess, genealogy, cryptology, writing and photography. > > The refurbished Dell Dimension 4600 will serve these interests much better > > than anything I have owned in the past. > > > > You have piqued my curiosity about USB connectors and an external drive > > case. I'll visit Fry's soon to have a look and ask some questions. I am > > also on the verge of finding good uses for a 4-port router while setting >up > > the old Compaq (with a new HD) for my wife. > > > > Someone asked why my serial cable connection failed to transfer data. I > > don't exactly know. I used the transfer wizard in WINXP and made several > > trials. The data just doesn't move and I have a couple of friends who had > > the same problem. I also tried a custom move repeatedly with similar > > results. Go figure. But I have a sneaking suspicion that Compaq just >didn't > > want to let go of anything inside their box. > > > > Thanks for your time and thought about my problem. > > > > Paul K. > > > > > > 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.