Hi Roger, Mike already answered your question about using your old hard drive as an external drive. To answer your other questions, you cannot connect your old computer to your new one and transfer files without power coming to the old one. In regards to OpenBook 6, I cannot say for certain, but I strongly suspect that your are correct that the problem with installing it on your new system is that it will not run under Windows 7. That version came out even before Windows Vista, so it is very unlikely that it will run under 7. However, you could call FS on Monday and see if they have a patch you can install that will allow your version of OB to operate under Windows 7. I wouldn't hold out much hope for that though. Two options for you to consider. Firstly, you could see how much they want to let you upgrade to the latest version of OB. Or, you can see whether Kurzweil is still offering that substantial discount for OB users to switch to K1000. When I switched over 5 years ago, however, that substantial discount still left the price tag at $600, which I suspect would be beyond your means, even if that discount is still in place. Secondly, I do not recall what screen reader you are using, and I have very little familiarity with these programs, but you might consider the possibility of buying a commercial scanning and OCR package such as Abbey FineReader. They are much cheaper than the specially designed programs, at I think $100 or less in some cases. I do not know how many people are using these off the shelf programs with screen readers, but I seem to recall that I've heard on the Window Eyes users list that a few people have had some success with them, although you won't get the user friendly experience you had with OpenBook. Perhaps if there is anyone using one of these programs with a screen reader on this list they could chime in with their experience. Evan ----- Original Message ----- From: Roger Loran Bailey To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Saturday, November 19, 2011 1:50 PM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] I am back and with problems. I suppose that no one noticed that I have been missing for a while. My aging computer has been developing more and more problems, but finally the power switch stopped working. I could not turn it on. I called a repair shop and asked how much it would cost to fix that. I was asked how old the computer was. Uh, coming up on nine years now. The repairman said that it was not worth repairing. Eek! I must be one of those Internet addicts because I started to go into a kind of shock at the prospect of being off line for an indefinite time. I can’t afford it, but I had to buy another computer immediately. I will have to cut back on other expenses. Oh well, I can stand to lose some weight anyway. Cutting back on food is good for me. The computer store offered, for an additional fee, to transfer all my files to the new computer. They could not transfer software because of copyright issues. The trouble with that was that some of my most important files were in software applications. Specifically, I lost a ton of emails that were stored in Outlook Express. Also, none of the scanned books that were in Open Book were transferred. That includes the one I was working on and was almost finished with. When I went to pick up my new computer I was given both the new one and the old one. I was told that they had replaced the hard drive back into the old computer. I asked the woman I was talking to if it was possible to use the old hard drive as an external hard drive. Somehow my mind went blank when she answered me. I remember her saying, “Oh yes.” Then she kept talking and my brain did not register a thing she said until she finished with, “Then just connect it with a USB cable.” So here is my first question. Question one: Does anyone here know how to turn an old hard drive into an external hard drive? I expect that my Open Book along with the book I was working on is still there and if I could connect it as an external hard drive I might be able to recover it. Question two: Might it be possible to connect the old computer with no power coming to it to the new computer and do my recovery that way? Now, with that said, it might not be possible for me to resume working on the book anyway. I never actually installed Open Book on my old computer in the first place. Back in early 2003 when I ordered the computer I also ordered the software that I wanted with it and had it delivered with Open Book 6 already installed. The only time since then that it has been installed again was when my hard drive corrupted and I brought my software disks to the repair shop and they reinstalled it for me. Now, though, I have been trying to install it on my new computer. I have tried twice unsuccessfully. The first time it installed, but would not work. After trying over and over I decided that my own incompetence caused an incomplete install. I uninstalled it and tried again. This time there came a point that it said something like, “Searching for components.” Then, after a few minutes, it said something like that it could not find a video something or other. Then the installation just stalled and it would not do anything else. I am thinking of calling Freedom Scientific technical support, but I am suspicious that my antiquated Open Book 6 is just not compatible with my new operating system, Windows 7. Question three: Am I correct that Open Book 6 is not compatible with my new system? If this is the case I just might have to quit scanning books. The computer was expensive enough without buying new scanning software too and I can only cut back on other expenses so much. If all that I have said here is completely bad news for me then here is my next question. Question four: What can I possibly do?