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Old 01-21-09, 07:30 PM   #1
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Moving files between computers, what are my options?

So I want to transfer a whole bunch of iTunes files from my girlfriends old, slow, barely working computer to mine. I talked to some people at the Best of Buys and got a quote for about $100-200, depending on total size. Not going to happen.

What are my options? I was thinking about buying an external hard drive, copying everything to that, and then plugging it into my computer.

Ideas?
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would something like this work?

http://www.gotoforms.com/belkin_wind..._3761_prd1.htm
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Easier would be to just unplug the harddrive and put it in yours - unless you don't have a IDE port on your motherboard. Should be pretty simple to do. Best Buy quoted $100-$200?
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You could use a network, but the easiest way would be to get an external hdd and move them that way. Plus, you have a second hdd for backups. Very, very important are backups.
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Easier would be to just unplug the harddrive and put it in yours - unless you don't have a IDE port on your motherboard. Should be pretty simple to do. Best Buy quoted $100-$200?
Yeah, it was $99 for up to a certain amount of data and $200 for anything over that limit. Don't remember the limit, but it was in MB, not GB, and she definitely has GB of music.

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You could use a network, but the easiest way would be to get an external hdd and move them that way. Plus, you have a second hdd for backups. Very, very important are backups.
Is it that simple? Plug into one, copy, unplug then plug into another?

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We both have XP, so I don't think that will work, will it?
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You could use a network, but the easiest way would be to get an external hdd and move them that way. Plus, you have a second hdd for backups. Very, very important are backups.
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Is it that simple? Plug into one, copy, unplug then plug into another?
As far as the compressed music (mp3 files), I believe it is. I just finished this task for my wife's friend.

I did this:
-New AV install and full scan (just to get the computer on my network)
-Backup user data (
-Format/reinstall XP
-Setup accounts with least-user privilege strategy (one admin account)
-Restore Applications (except MS office, as I was provided no key).
-Restore Data
-Add security/maintenance automation (auto OS updates, monthly defrag, weekly spyware update/scan, daily AV updade, weekly full AV scan)


My price:
Donate $100 to a charity of my choice.
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Easier would be to just unplug the harddrive and put it in yours - unless you don't have a IDE port on your motherboard. Should be pretty simple to do. Best Buy quoted $100-$200?
If the OS's on both drives are Windows, yes, with an exception to an NTFS-formatted drive (XP, 2000, NT) used as slave, using a FAT32-based operating system on the main drive (98, 98SE, ME). One of the FAT-based operating systems cannot read an NTFS drive, but a NTFS-based OS can read a FAT-32 drive.

Chances are, you will not be able to boot from the old drive in the second box if you attempt to do so.

EDIT: Both are XP? Shouldn't be a problem, but I do not suggest booting into her old drive in the new box. Chances are that the motherboard on the new machine will not have similar specs to the old - in which case, you will get a BSOD before the Welcome screen (probably followed by a endless boot loop that will more-often-then-not require a repair install).

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If you already have a router, just do it over the network.
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You can do it over the network but since you are asking, I guess you have no experience with setting up a home network, let alone configuring a shared folder. The best/easier solution is to get an external drive.

It doesn't have to be a $200 bucks HD. A cheap 4gb flash drive will do, like this one from best buy at 12.99.

Of course, it depends on how big your music collection is, but it has to be over a thousand songs, in very high quality, to go over 4gb. And even if it goes over 4gb, you can always transfer half of it first and the other half later.

Go to the folder where your music is, right click on it and choose "properties". That will tell you how much Mb or Gb you need to transfer all music files on that folder.
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Doesn't iTunes have a backup and restore feature? You might be able to use the functionality of iTunes to move the music.
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You can do it over the network, burn the songs to DVD, or just plug the harddrive in. However, I'm not sure what the digital rights management BS that iTunes uses to prevent piracy might do. If its as bad as some, you could end up with the music on neither box.
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And that's why I only use MP3s.
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Oh great a thread on this topic already! Teh bf and I bought an MSI Wind U100-432US netbook, so he can use my old inspiron e1405 laptop and I can carry the little one with me. Can I just pop my old hard drive into the new netbook so I don't have to bother with cables or transfering files over the network?
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There is always the option to use IRDA... if both devices have IRDA ports.
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Good lord. The very thought makes me want to slit my wrists with a razor-sharp RS232 cable.
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Get an external drive enclosure, IDE or SATA should run about $40 max, $20 usually. Plug her hard drive in that and import away.
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I am doing just this, moving my iTunes collection from my Macbook to the desktop PC I use all the time. Solution? A portable external hard disk.

Another advantage of an external HDD with decent capacity is you can use Time Machine or another backup utility to keep your system backed up should something happen.
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Setting up a simple network between the two machines is easiest with a router, but if you can do it with a crossover ethernet cable as well.

http://www.makeitsimple.com/how-to/simple.htm

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Oh great a thread on this topic already! Teh bf and I bought an MSI Wind U100-432US netbook, so he can use my old inspiron e1405 laptop and I can carry the little one with me. Can I just pop my old hard drive into the new netbook so I don't have to bother with cables or transfering files over the network?
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Perhaps get a thumb drive?
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Perhaps get a thumb drive?
you can get 8 gig's for less than $20 and 16 gig's for less than $50.
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I would use one of these. It should hold all your files and get them moved in one trip.
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You can do it over the network, burn the songs to DVD, or just plug the harddrive in. However, I'm not sure what the digital rights management BS that iTunes uses to prevent piracy might do. If its as bad as some, you could end up with the music on neither box.
Unless things have changed, you can use your tunes on 5 boxes. If you run out, you can just deauthorize a box.
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Personally I would just get an iPod and transfer all the music to it. Then LEAVE the music on the iPod and just use iTunes on the computers to play from the iPod.
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