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I'm in the process of buying a new computer and am wondering if there is an easy (and cheap) way to move the files from the old one's hard drive to the new one?

Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!



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How about FREE?

Assuming they're both Windows systems and that you have a hub/switch or crossover cable and network cards in both machines.

- Either connect both machines to a hub/switch or connect the two network cards together with a crossover cable.
- Turn on each machine. Go to your network settings and make sure that both machines are in the same "Workgroup". If they're not, change them so that they are. You'll have to reboot the machine if you change the workgroup.
- When both machines are up and in the same Workgroup, log on to the "new" machine, open up Windows Explorer, and type in the Location Bar "\\oldmachinename\c$" (without the quotes).
- You'll probably be prompted for the administrator password for the old machine; enter it.
- You are now looking at the old machine's "C" drive on the new machine. Drag'n'Drop anything you want moved over.
- If the old machine has more than one hard drive or hard drive partition, lather, rinse, and repeat for each letter (i.e. \\oldmachinename\d$, \\oldmachinename\e$, etc.).

If the old machine is Win98 this should still work, but there might be more steps to take that I no longer remember.



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I heard somewhere that you can network 2 WinXP computers together by running a standard network cable from one network card to the other, and WinXP will automatically recognize the other computer & you're all set.

Please tell me this is true.



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Close. You need a crossover cable to do that. They're available at most computer stores.
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Thanks for the tip! I was doing a little reading up on crossover cables at www.newegg.com, and one of their customers mentioned (in the feedback section) that he used one to share the same internet connection between 2 computers. How would you do that? With some sort of splitter? Or would I need an actual router?

Also, will the crossover cable fit right into my network card?



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    Originally posted by DJ FrostyFreeze
    Thanks for the tip! I was doing a little reading up on crossover cables at www.newegg.com, and one of their customers mentioned (in the feedback section) that he used one to share the same internet connection between 2 computers. How would you do that? With some sort of splitter? Or would I need an actual router?

    Also, will the crossover cable fit right into my network card?


The crossover cable should have the standard ethernet fitting (RJ45, IIRC), so yes, it will fight right into your network card.

As for using one computer to share an internet connection, provided you have two network cards in the machine that is connected to the internet, you can enable "internet connection sharing" in WinXP and that should be it. I used that to share a regular old dial-up connection with my brother a summer ago. The speed sucked, but at least we weren't fighting for the phone line.



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You are better off buying a small router. While it would be cheaper to only buy the NIC initially, in the long run you would probably end up behind due to electricity costs.

A linksys or Netgear router should cost you about $30 and will have the added benefit of putting you behind a hardware firewall. I recommend these for people on persistent internet connections (DSL and Cable modem) due to the high number of port scans you will see on a software firewall if you are connected directly to the internet.

My preferred setup is both a software and hardware firewall - and this gets you halfway there with a small outlay. Plus, like I said - CA electricity prices are $$$ so you are better off powering down the first machine and running a small router.

Here's a Netgear at Amazon for $39.99 and here's a link to a search for DSL Router - I have the Linksys that they are selling for $50. You can probably score one off of the used section for a decent price - this isn't something that should wear out over time.


(edited by Guru Zim on 8.2.05 2045)


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