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My friend has a Windows 98 (don't know if it's SE or not) computer.  She just bought a new Windows XP computer and wants me to copy some files from her old computer to her new computer.  She bought a 1 GB flash drive, but the old computer doesn't recognize it.  What is the easiest way to copy the files over from the old computer to the new computer?  Should I download a universal flash drive driver?  I believe that both computers have network cards because they both work with DSL internet (Can you have DSL interenet without a network card?), so can I run a cross over cable between the two computers to transfer files?  What's involved in networking them?
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Easiest way in my opinion - just pull the hard drive from the 98 machine, hook it up to the XP machine as a slave, copy files over.  When done, disconnect the old drive.
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I think this document covers every possible USB device issue with Windows 98/98SE

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/263218/EN-US/
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by:richwitton
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Im with michko on puttnig the hard drive in as slave. Easily the fastest method to copy data. Also you can leave it in there until she is 100% that she has all her files. If that isnt an option the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard could be worth a look (Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools) although it would also rely on you creating some sort of network between the PC's.

Here could be a good place to start - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/expert/crawford_november12.mspx
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Okay, but FAR the easiest solution (so you don't have to open the new computer and risk voiding the warranty) is to install the old drive in an external USB drive enclosure like this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817145133

I personally use the NexStar series from Vantec and the build quality is excellent. This way you can connect it to any modern computer to get the files off. And it can be re-used with other drives when you're done!
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by:michko
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You don't void the warranty by opening a new computer and slaving another hard drive in it.  
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michko: This may be true of MOST new machines, but some companies do have stickers on the case sides that, if removed, will void at least some part of the warranty (specifically, some eMachines). If the case doesn't have these stickers you should be fine. That being said, if there's ever any doubt, I would always check the manufacturer's website or call them to be sure.

I'm just trying to cover all the bases :)
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mi_computers - no problem.  I see that kind of thing on laptops all the time when you get into disassembling the case, just hadn't seen it on desktops yet.  Seems a bit overzealous to me, but some manufacturers are that way.  Good suggestion then, didn't really mean to imply otherwise.
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