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    Transferring Files

    OK...

    I bought this HP machine a couple days ago...

    I know there are several ways to get files from one machine to another, anywhere from re-installing everything to using something like lap-Link.

    Is there a "best" or "least painful" or to do this, taking into account that the hardware config will be entirely different?

    I have all the original setups files on one of the two hard drives; can I connect that hard drive via USB cable to at least gain access to all the setup files for re-copying etc.?

    Or should/could I image the disk with all the setup files on it, restore that to one of the two hard drives on the new PC, and go from there?

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    Re: Transferring Files

    Are you talking about data files, program files, or both?

    I would have said networking them together would be simplest if you simply want to copy, otherwise take a look at ShadowProtect's Hardware Independent Restoration which might answer your needs. (Don't know much about it, but it was referred to in the thread beginning with <post:=694,939>post 694,939</post:>)

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    Re: Transferring Files

    Leif:

    Both actually.

    The machine comes with Vista Home on it, which I think I'm going to replace, back to XP Pro. Additionally, the hardware is a good deal different -- memory, video, drives... it comes with built in wireless and ethernet...

    I'm pretty sure that I'd need to re-install the Win-XP, and probably most of the programs, wouldn't I? Even so, just being able to access the hard drives in the "old" machine would at least save me having to back up and restore hundreds of gigs of files...

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    Re: Transferring Files

    Leif:

    ShadowProtect looks pretty interesting, actually.

    Installing the O/S is really not that big a deal... it's all the minutia of the software apps and utils that'll get ya, and this (says it) eliminates all that.

    It has a 30 day trial, but I don't know how

    1) You could really best it without a long trial run;

    2) What they do to the trial software to keep it from being free...

    Worth look though...

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    Re: Transferring Files

    I don't know if it is available for home users yet, but you might want to look into Acronis Universal Restore.
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    Re: Transferring Files

    Doc:

    But I'm still looking at backing up and then restoring some 640 gigs of stuff... That's why I was looking for a more direct copy disk-to-disk situation.

    I mean, I could use something like LapLink, but that's $90 or so... I could make the drives externals, but then I'd lose th use of the second machine, although I could live with that if need be...

    I'm out of my league totally here, but isn't there some type of multi-disk enclosure that would allow me to both drives in ti, and then just "plus-n-play"?

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    Re: Transferring Files

    Check out Windows Vista: Windows Easy Transfer. It comes with Vista. You could also check out Windows Home Server to repurpose your old PC into a server.

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    Re: Transferring Files

    I'd suggest that if you have Vista Home Premium you try it for a while. If I have a choice I'll never go back to XP.

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    Re: Transferring Files

    Joe:

    OK, now THAT'S against most of what I heard...

    Why would you "never go back"? No hardware issues? No resource drain issues? Come on, Joe, you gotta spill more than that!

    I mean, I dig that I didn't have to pay for it... bla, bla, bla... But youdon't pay for all the crap they usually put on a store-loaded machine either, and that stuff is -- Yuk!

    'Sides, I though when I did look at Vista that the Business version is "better". ??

    (Will it fix my stinking sound isse?)

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    Re: Transferring Files

    Joe,
    Can you give us your top three reasons why?

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    Re: Transferring Files

    1.) I've found that I like the UI better. Yes, I do like the eye candy. It just seems more modern. Looking at XP now it seems 'tired'.
    2.) I've found that a properly equipped Vista machine is just as fast if not faster than XP. Properly equipped = at least 2 GB RAM, a discrete video card with at least 256MB video RAM, an Intel core 2 duo CPU of at least 2.2 MHz (or whatever the AMD equivilant is), a monitor that is at least 19" (preferably wide screen).
    3.) Zero, nada, zippo, zilch crashes so far. Any application problems have been isolated to the app and not affected the OS.
    4.) Once you get used to the way Vista organizes things it is al least as easy as XP to find things. Some things just seem to work better.
    5.) The 'baked in' search performs well - you may need to change the default indexing to suit.
    6.) The networking stuff seems easier than XP.
    7.) The only hardware 'issue' that I've had was a missing driver for an Epson scanner. Since then Epson has released a driver but I've just procrastinated in hooking it up to the Vista machine and left it on the old XP machine.
    8.) No resource drain issues that I can detect.

    If you want to compare versions look at Windows Vista: Compare Editions & Windows Vista: Features Explained: Accessibility. IMO, a home user should use either Home Premium or Ultimate not Business. There are several things not in Business that are of interest to a home user - media center, dvd maker, movie maker.

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    Re: Transferring Files

    Joe:

    You may well be right. I'm probably going to just leave things and give Vista a try since it's there. The one link you sent makes me think though, that what I need is Ultimate. I wonder if there's an upgrade?

    Thanks for the references, and, undoubtedly, I'll be back with feedback.

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    Re: Transferring Files

    <hr>...what I need is Ultimate. I wonder if there's an upgrade?... <hr>
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    Re: Transferring Files

    Thanks Al.

    I'm gonna have to take a *good* look before I shell out $150, though.

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    Re: Transferring Files

    Joe,
    Thanks for your input and the references.

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