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    Document transportation (2000 SR1)

    I am working on a very large document when it is finished the estimated number of pages will be nearing 1,000. There is going to be a lot of revision, so, I have broken the doc into individual files that will be easier to work with.

    The problem is I work on this doc or docs on three computers
    My home PC runs Office 2000/Windows 2000 and can read and write CDs
    My studio PC runs Office 2000/Windows 95 and can read CDs when it feels like it and that is rarely.
    Note that the studio PC is not mine but only on loan
    My work runs Office 2000/WIndows 95and only reads CDs

    I may already know the answer, but I hate using floppy disks especially as one just corrupted a file and I have over 20 pages to retype.

    I am hoping someone in the Lounge has a better idea. (I am too financially embarrassed right now to buy an cheapo laptop) <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Document transportation (2000 SR1)

    Do you have e-mail/internet connections in each of the locations? If so, if you zip the documents, are they small enough to send by e-mail?

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    Re: Document transportation (2000 SR1)

    My home PC and Work PC do, but the Studio one doesn't but I hadn't thought about using zip. That could eliminate the need for half a dozen disks, but it is correct that you shouldn't use a floppy any more than 6 times?

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    Re: Document transportation (2000 SR1)

    I have used floppy disks tens, even hundreds of times without problems, but it is true that they may suddenly become corrupt, without any warning.

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    Re: Document transportation (2000 SR1)

    Windows 95 pre-dated USB, or the best solution would be to use a portable USB hard drive or solid-state keyfob-style memory device. Some such devices might come with drivers for USB, but I'm not even sure your computers would have ports for them!

    The Iomega Zip and Jaz drives could work for you. Once upon a time they connected to the parallel port and came with a floppy disk full of drivers for older versions of Windows. Not sure how they're packaged today, and of course, they aren't cheap and require proprietary media.

    Maybe a reliable, portable external CD-R/CD-RW drive spec'd to work with Windows 95 could be fit into the budget?

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    Re: Document transportation (2000 SR1)

    > you shouldn't use a floppy any more than 6 times?

    Unless quality standards have gone WAY down, this is definitely not true.

    However, it is true that you should never try to edit anything on a floppy with Word. In addition to being pathetically slow to work with, Word's need to create large temp files can result in "full disk" errors or total erasure of the original file.

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    Re: Document transportation (2000 SR1)

    My previous PC, a Dell Dimension bought in 1998, came with Windows 95 with USB support. Worked without a hitch, really plug and play. When I bought a new PC early this year, I transferred my data using a 256 MB flash card from a digital camera that came with a USB thingy.

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    Re: Document transportation (2000 SR1)

    I hope Hetty's OEM was a forward-thinking as Dell. I remember having a half dozen USB mice that just sat in their little cardboard cages because we couldn't get them to work with our Gateways. (Oh they'd plug in, but they were incredibly flaky. I'm using one of them now with XP!)

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