I'm sending this again as it appears that not all my messages are going through. ----- Paul I'm not sure why the serial connection didn't work, but I've heard of friends that have had problems trying this method. With USB 1.0 on your box you probably wouldn't want to go that route anyway. It would be pretty slow because of your old machines version. You could buy a USB 2.0 card for your old box, but why go to that extra expense. That would be in addition to the new USB cable you would have to buy. When you say "executables" are you referring to programs you have downloaded or are you talking about software that is installed on the old drive? If you are talking about *.EXE files you have downloaded then yes you can. If not, no you can't transfer installed programs for the reasons Spider mentioned. You shouldn't have any conflicts transferring files between the 2 drives. I would copy them over to the new drive just in case. Are all the files you have backed up on the floppies and the zip discs still on your Win 98 hard drive? If so, while you have that hard drive in the new machine you might want to back up the old drive's files to CD's. That way they will be on much more reliable and accessible media. Good luck. have a good one, Sin 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.