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The time has come to buy a new laptop...and I'm getting it in a couple of days. I'm quite excited, as the new computer will be a very nice machine.

(as a side note, I'm happy that my old machine will find a good home with my brother, but that's beside the point)

The undaunting task ahead of me is: transferring my personal data and files to the new computer. This includes (but is not limited to) anything in the MY DOCUMENTS folder, cookies from my internet browsing habits, and other personal data.

Now...I have a one gigabit card that I use in my digital camera, and a 512mb USB key that I can use to transfer files, but that would take a while to do. My old laptop doesn't have a CDRW or anything to create CDs or anything like that.

My old system is a Windows 2000 computer, and the new one is running Windows XP Home, for those interested.

So, my question to my fellow W's...are there any tools available to transfer files? Would a straight network cable between the two work? The Best Buy down by my workplace offers the service, but is asking $75 to have it done, and I scoffed at that...that sounds like a very high price for what could be a very easy job.

Thank you very much!



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Pretty easy to follow
http://www.helpwithwindows.com/WindowsXP/howto-01.html
That'll help with part of it at least
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That link won't really help since the old laptop is running Windows 2000.

I would say if both have Ethernet ports(they should), just do a cat5 cable between the two. It should be a "crossover" cable, as you need this for direct PC to PC connections. Set the TCP/IP to be on the same subnet by right clicking on Network Neighborhood(or My Network Places, whatever it's called on those) and choosing Properties. Then right click on the Local Area Connection and choose Properties again. Double click on Internet Protocol(TCP/IP) and set an IP address of 192.168.1.1, subnet of 255.255.255.0 on one PC and set the other to the same subnet with an IP address of 192.168.1.2. Right click on My Computer and find the tab to change your Workgroup/Domain name. Set it as a Workgroup with whatever name you want("home" is easy), and make it the same on both PC's. Now they should be able to see each other and you can share a drive. You may need to check your access settings by making sure you create a user account on the new PC with the same name and password on the new PC as you use on the old one. This is the easiest way I can think of to get access permissions set for you. Right click on My computer, select Manage, Expand the Local Users and Groups section, right click on User and select New User. Set it up and then right click on the new account and choose to Set Password.

Open My Computer and right click on your hard drive and select Sharing. Click on New Share, give it a name and then select the Permissions button to allow Full Control to the Everyone group. From the other PC, open My Computer, select Tools, Map Network Drive, and Browse. You should see your workgroup listed along with the two PC's. Sometimes Windows takes a reboot to recognize this. You should also see the drive you mapped from the other PC. select it and it will now appear in Windows Explorer like any other hard drive and you can copy your files directly over. For stuff like IE, you'll need to open IE and use the File menu to Export your cookies and favorites to a file, save that file on the other PC and then import them the same way. For Outlook it's a similar process. My Documents can be copied directly.

Make sure when you are done to go back to the TCP/IP properties and set it to DHCP, assuming that's what you use to get online.
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Yes, it will help.

"To start the File and Settings Transfer Wizard, run Setup.exe from the Windows XP CD-ROM on your old system. This system can be running any of the following operating systems: Windows 95, 98, 98 SE, Me, NT 4.0, Windows 2000 or Windows XP."
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You wanted the best, you got... Out of Context Quote of the Week.

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In the name of threadjacking, how about on a Mac? The two Macs in question have OS8 and OS9 respectively, and once I consolidate programs onto one drive, they'll both go onto ANOTHER hard drive with OS X. What would I need, besides a crossover cable?



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    Originally posted by drjayphd
    In the name of threadjacking, how about on a Mac? The two Macs in question have OS8 and OS9 respectively, and once I consolidate programs onto one drive, they'll both go onto ANOTHER hard drive with OS X. What would I need, besides a crossover cable?
Might be better to just use AppleTalk given the age of your various MacOSssses. Set aside many hours.



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Or if one computer is a PowerBook, boot it up as a firewire drive and tranfer data that way.

(edited by Leroy on 8.8.06 1059)
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    Originally posted by Mr. Boffo
    Yes, it will help.

    "To start the File and Settings Transfer Wizard, run Setup.exe from the Windows XP CD-ROM on your old system. This system can be running any of the following operating systems: Windows 95, 98, 98 SE, Me, NT 4.0, Windows 2000 or Windows XP."


Ah, missed that part. I always just ignored that program and did it myself I guess. Though he still needs to network the computers first, so oh well.
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