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Coranai

Ninja Kitty
Feb 21, 2007
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Need help trying to figure out the best/fastest way to transfer flies from an old (about 4 years) HP pc to a new custom built one. I'd really rather not have to burn all my iTunes music & pictures to a CD first, so I need ideas!

Thanks in advance!!! :)
 
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Coranai

Coranai

Ninja Kitty
Feb 21, 2007
146
Ct
True that. You can get like a 2gb drive for like $20 or less. That's almost 3 cd's...

PC comes in today, so I'll be playing around with it tonight and we'll see how things go. I'm trying to be cheap & not have to buy a flash drive if this is the only thing I'm gonna be using it for. Was thinking I might try an ethernet cable to connect the two pc's & go from there (thats what the IT guys at work suggested anyways) :x:
 

asdfbunk

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Aug 12, 2005
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PC comes in today, so I'll be playing around with it tonight and we'll see how things go. I'm trying to be cheap & not have to buy a flash drive if this is the only thing I'm gonna be using it for. Was thinking I might try an ethernet cable to connect the two pc's & go from there (thats what the IT guys at work suggested anyways) :x:
Unless you have some kind of hub/switch/router you'll need a crossover cable (or two ethernet cables and some tools).
 
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Coranai

Coranai

Ninja Kitty
Feb 21, 2007
146
Ct
Unless you have some kind of hub/switch/router you'll need a crossover cable (or two ethernet cables and some tools).

:squint: dammit, knew it sounded to easy to be true... I'll just have to suck it up & do the removable disk procedure. Thanks for all your suggestions & advice!!!
 

Doomsday

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Mar 14, 2000
14,835
Minnesota
got any other device that uses flash memory/drive?
if I can't use a USB thumb drive, or network shit,,... i'd probably use my digital camera (w/ 16GB SDHC card) and media players (120GB Ipod, etc) to transfer files.
 

DAN513

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Mar 10, 2003
10,855
Winnipeg
a lot of new systems are coming without an IDE port on the board, so the plan to yank the drive out of the old one and hook it to the new one might not work. IMO, network is the quickest way to do it, but thumb drive would be easier if you're not farmiliar with networking at all.
 

deusexaethera

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Jan 27, 2005
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PC comes in today, so I'll be playing around with it tonight and we'll see how things go. I'm trying to be cheap & not have to buy a flash drive if this is the only thing I'm gonna be using it for. Was thinking I might try an ethernet cable to connect the two pc's & go from there (thats what the IT guys at work suggested anyways) :x:
Burning CDs is wasteful. USB FLASH drives only cost like $20 for multiple gigabytes now; you just bought a whole new computer, you can't cough up another $20 for something you'll probably use for as long or longer than the computer itself?
 
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Coranai

Coranai

Ninja Kitty
Feb 21, 2007
146
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Burning CDs is wasteful. USB FLASH drives only cost like $20 for multiple gigabytes now; you just bought a whole new computer, you can't cough up another $20 for something you'll probably use for as long or longer than the computer itself?

Yea, just bought a new pc... thus i don't WANT to spend more money :squint:. But I'm gonna try all my options. The USB flash suggestion is prolly the way I'll end up doing it anyways... just bite the bullet.
 

Skankin'

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Sep 3, 2007
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I just use the network. I can transfer things between my server, gaming computer, and laptop quite easily. Fast too.
 

deusexaethera

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Jan 27, 2005
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Yea, just bought a new pc... thus i don't WANT to spend more money :squint:. But I'm gonna try all my options. The USB flash suggestion is prolly the way I'll end up doing it anyways... just bite the bullet.
Once you get one, you'll use it multiple times a day. I know this from experience.
 

deusexaethera

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Jan 27, 2005
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Can you explain how to set up a network?
Consumer-grade routers will do the initial configuration for you; just plug in and go. Personally, I recommend Netgear ProSafe, which is a little above "consumer-grade", but it's also more durable and more configurable in case you ever turn into a network whiz and you want to do crazy custom shit.
 

Sexual Vanilla

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May 23, 2005
6,299
South Carolina
Consumer-grade routers will do the initial configuration for you; just plug in and go. Personally, I recommend Netgear ProSafe, which is a little above "consumer-grade", but it's also more durable and more configurable in case you ever turn into a network whiz and you want to do crazy custom shit.
If someone asks how to "set up a network," it's best for them to stick with the flash drive method.
 

trouphaz

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Sep 22, 2003
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If someone asks how to "set up a network," it's best for them to stick with the flash drive method.

yeah, because setting up the IP network is only the first part. the next part is sharing the files and accessing from the other computer.
 

deusexaethera

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Jan 27, 2005
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Right, and therefore I shouldn't tell him anything at all.

Now he knows enough that can decide whether he feels like learning how to set up a network properly, or whether he'd rather drop $20 on a FLASH drive and not worry about it.
 

Doomsday

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Mar 14, 2000
14,835
Minnesota
Yea, just bought a new pc... thus i don't WANT to spend more money :squint:. But I'm gonna try all my options. The USB flash suggestion is prolly the way I'll end up doing it anyways... just bite the bullet.

it really depends on how big the files are

if its around 10-15GB or so, a USB thumb drive would be fine.

but if we are talking about a 4 year collection of mp3s, pictures, and midget porn that amounts to 100+ GB.
fuck using a USB thumb drive for that.

if networking the two pcs would be more complex for you,... hdd removal method would probably your best bet.
 

trouphaz

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Sep 22, 2003
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Right, and therefore I shouldn't tell him anything at all.

Now he knows enough that can decide whether he feels like learning how to set up a network properly, or whether he'd rather drop $20 on a FLASH drive and not worry about it.

well, no. it is right to give him all options. i just think it'll be opening a can of worms if he tries that route.
 

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