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Transfer data from 1 computer to another

A friend purchased a new computer and wants all the data moved from the old computer to the new one.

What is the easiest way to do that.

I haven't seen either computer so I don't know what types of connections are available.

I know I could copy to CD and save to the new one but is there an easy way through USB?

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enachemcCommented:
just use a router ... you can find one in about any home
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mlmccAuthor Commented:
Just share the files and copy across?

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enachemcCommented:
yes, that is the simplest thing to do
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Brian GeeCommented:
Another option that is very easy as well is the use of a USB external drive or Flash thumb drive. Just plug in the device to the old computer, copy the files to the USB device, unplug and then replug into the new computer to offload the files to the system.
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mlmccAuthor Commented:
Thanks yobri, I forgot about that option.  I was thinking CDs but I don't have that many blanks but the USB sticks can be reused.

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nobusCommented:
you can :
-connect the old drive as slave, or second to an IDE or Sata cable of the new PC
-connect the old drive via USB adapter to the new PC with a 20$ adapter  : http://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-USB-DSC5-3-5-Inch-Converter-Adapter/dp/B000HJ99DI
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mlmccAuthor Commented:
I don't really want to take the machine apart.

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enachemcCommented:
you have 2 simple solutions then:
1. a few gigabytes -> use a memory stick
2. hundreds of gigabytes -> make a temporary LAN using a router
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nobusCommented:
the solutions i posted are MUCH faster...
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enachemcCommented:
well ... maybe at transfer rate, not at all the time required for the operation
for your solution you should also take into consideration that you have to take the machines apart and rebuild them (consider also all the dust there)
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nobusCommented:
take apart?? remove a couple of screws, and you can remove the disk....
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Brian GeeCommented:
He indicated the easiest way, so a way that involves relatively few steps involved and something that he is comfortable with is important here. Esp if he doesn't have to buy and wait for any additional parts to perform this. And if the old computer were to be a laptop, then disassembly is def an avenue he would certainly not relish...
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Brian GeeCommented:
*new computer
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nobusCommented:
i will calculate the amount of time for 100 GB over lan (100Mbs) = 10MByte/s approx
100Gb = 100,000Mb/10 = 10,000 sec = 166 minutes, without calculating overheads = nearly 3 HRS
with an usb 2 stick  - you have  480 Mb/s = approx 50Mbytes/sec -but you have to do it 2x : once to put it on the stick, and once to put it from the stick on the pc
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Brian GeeCommented:
Your suggestion was a good contribution, no doubt. But once he said he didn't want to take anything apart, that essentially answered with his preferences/comfortability level accordingly. If he had premised this with "I need the fastest option since I have Gigs upon Gigs of movies, music, etc." then I'm sure that slaving a drive would've been the first suggestion reply in this thread.
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nobusCommented:
most people don't know what time it takes, so we should tell them
unscrewing a couple of screws (and learning someting) is MUCH faster, and imo easier thazn copying over the net
BUT
its HIS choice

what 's your opnion mlmcc ?
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Brian GeeCommented:
You provided him the option, and he replied. That's how it's seen here.
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mlmccAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the information.  I haven't seen either machine so I dont know what is available.  This is for a friend of my wife.  I don't know the amount of data.  Hopefully just her email and some other files.

Can I simply hook the 2 machine together via USB or Ethernet cables or do I need a router in between?

I have 2 4gb memory sticks so I will use that method if the amount of data is relatively small.

I am concerned amount dust since she has 3 or 4 dogs in the house.

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enachemcCommented:
you need a special ethernet cable to link 2 computers together
or maybe they have ethernet adapters that can deal with a normal cable (you cannot know now)
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Brian GeeCommented:
Crossover cable. Or you can use a switch if you have one handy.
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mlmccAuthor Commented:
I have a hub.  Will that work?  I know we used it on a network but wasn't sure if it requiredd a server.

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Brian GeeCommented:
Hub should work just fine.
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mlmccAuthor Commented:
Thanks.  I think we are going down there tomorrow so I'll let you know what worked.

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mlmccAuthor Commented:
The cable modem allowed was also a router so I just used that.

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