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    Network advice

    I would like to get some advice on making some network changes.
    A good friend and computer buddy recently passed away and I received a call from his widow asking for some assistance with their network setup. ( they had just the two machines in two different rooms ) So before I go over to their home I would like to get some things clear in my mind and have some advance preparation.

    1. Bill had some Genealogy program and data files along with some music progs that I am totally unfamiliar with but Polly would like to transfer those things over to her machine. They did NOT have any CD burners on any of the two boxes, so I can't just copy and move them.
    Could anyone suggest an easy method to move these files to her machine? Can I move them over the network link before doing anything else?

    2.After the files are moved, Polly would like to remove Bill's setup completely. They are now linked to a cable service via a wireless router and of course the cable modem. To avoid some expense of having the cable line moved to her location, can I just pull the network cable from Bill's to the router and leave the connection intact with the cable line going to the modem, then to the router and wireless to her computer?

    All help appreciated.
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    Re: Network advice

    Bob,
    Sorry for the loss.
    1.) How much work do you want to go through? You can take the disk out of the one PC put it into the other and use Windows Explorer to copy the files. I'd copy them first that way you still have the originals for a temporary backup. If you don't want to mess with the hardware that way you should be able to copy over the network also. This will be more time consuming but should be easily done. Just share the source folders and use Explorer. Once the data files are moved you can install the programs and the updated PC should be off and running.

    2.) Yes. just unplug the network cable and leave everything else alone. Once again I'd recommend keeping the original (Bill's) PC around for a while as a backup. Make sure Polly's PC is backedup too. If she intends to donate/sell Bill's PC you'd want to format the drive at a minimum before it left.

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    Re: Network advice

    One thing to watch, is that several of the "Genealogy programs" will save the files within the program folder. Each family tree may be made up of several files and attachments for the photos. Find out what program and version and I will try in helping you figure out the file structure for these trees.

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    Re: Network advice

    Joe,
    Thanks for the come back.
    I thought of the HD temp move but I think I'll try for the transfer of files over the link.
    I suppose I'll have to make sure file sharing is allowed before doing this? Anyhting else to check first?

    I'm not sure just what she wants to do with Bill's machine but a format is definitely in order after the files are moved.
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    Re: Network advice

    Dave,
    I'm not sure what genealogy program they are using. I use Family Tree Maker and am pretty familiar with that one but I will check that out when I go over there, which should be next Thursday afternoon. Thanks.
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    Re: Network advice

    Joe,
    Just an update, I was able to get the data files copied off to floppies. They were small enough for that.
    Also checked Polly's machine out OK in getting to the Net with the connection to Bill's machine unplugged, so we will leave thing as they are without having to get the cable connection moved.
    Formatted both drives and repartitioned them before formatting just to make sure.
    Thanks for the advice.
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    Re: Network advice

    Dave,

    I checked out the Genealogy folder in Bill's machine and it didn't really have ANY Genealogy program in there at all, just some links to genealogy.com and some other sites. It looks like he was just collecting information at this point and not entering anything into any program as yet. So that part was solved.
    Thanks for your offer.
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    Re: Network advice

    Bob,
    You're welcome. Just glad you got it resolved.

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