VeggieBoards banner

1 - 8 of 8 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,219 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Anyone use one of these?<br><br>
My computer has a problem and will not go online, i tried fixing it but no luck, and i really dont want to take it somewhere , it is about 4 years old. it works ok in other areas.<br><br>
so the kids have a new computer I got them a few months ago.....they use it just for cd educational games, so i switched my computer with theirs, since they dont need internet access on theirs just a working cd/dvd drive.<br><br><br><br>
but i would like to get all my picture files and some document files out of the old computer and get them into this computer, i was thinking of either starting to back up on an external drive or else making the switch with a usb flash drive.........not sure which is the way to go.<br><br>
i am assuming if i copy things onto an external hard drive from that computer that i can just attach that drive to this one to transfer? i dont even know!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,982 Posts
Do you already own a flash drive or external hard drive?<br><br><br><br>
If not, I would make the transfer decision based on how big the files you want to transfer are. If you only have a few gig total, buy a flash drive and transfer in several batches if need be. You can get flash drives of varying memory capacities to suit your needs.<br><br><br><br>
If you have so much to transfer that some files won't fit on the flash drive or you don't want to be bothered with several transfers, you might want to get an external hard drive. The hard drive will hold more than the flash drive but will probably be more expensive. It should work in the same general way, though. Plug the hard drive into your old computer, upload the files, and then plug it into the new computer and import.
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
1,774 Posts
If you use a uSB flash drive it's probably a good idea to make sure that you <i>copy</i> the stuff you need from the old computer to the other one as oppossed to just 'moving' it because usb drives have been known to suddenly malfunction and lose data . That way you still have it on the old PC should this happen. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,219 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Thanks! This is so helpful.<br><br>
no i dont have either a usb or external hard drive yet, i was debating which route to go. but since the picture files are big and i have a lot i will most likely get an external hard drive, there is a 160 gb on sale at staples this week for $89.<br><br>
i do back up my pics onto cd's , although there are several files in the old computer i never put on cd.....<br><br>
so if i put everything on an external hard drive and transfer it into the new computer, i would leave it on the external hard drive too if i can? and periodically back up to that hard drive, that seems like a good idea in case another computer malfunction happens.<br><br>
thanks for the help!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
25,067 Posts
I use a couple of external hard drives. Very easy to use if you have a good OP like WinXP: just put the power cord in the wall and plug the USB cord and you're set.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
780 Posts
Another way to do it is using a home network. You can transfer the files over the network; it's real easy to do. And you can also connect up several computers to a single internet connection.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
780 Posts
And, of course, if you have a CD or DVD writer in your old computer you could write your files on disks and copy them from the disks to the new computer. This would be time consuming though if you have a lot to copy and need to make several disks. How many MB/GB of information do you need to transfer?
 
1 - 8 of 8 Posts
Top