Are URL redirects the best way to deal with Google and moved pages?

We migrated our site from straight-up file-based system to Drupal.  Unfortunately, many links in Google point to our old site.  If I search for Murray Richtel, for example, I get a hit for this address (the old URL).

http://www.jaginc.com/pages/richtel.php

Murray now lives here:

http://jaginc.com/arbiters/mrichtel

This issue exists for many of the pages in the site.  Do we handle the issue with simple URL redirects?
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Michel PlungjanIT ExpertCommented:
I am not THE expert on this. I can however confirm that 301 from .htaccess worked well for me. If you have many pages, you may want to add a process that takes all /pages and looks up the new address and send back the 301 for you.
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Steve BinkCommented:
I agree with mplungian.  Google needs to be told where those pages go, or you'll lose their rank altogether.  A 301 is the appropriate way to do this, and Google handles them internally.
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Ray PaseurCommented:
If your old site can access PHP you can build translation tables.  Just call this in a common page header algorithm right at the top of the script, before any browser output.  Obviously this is untested code, but hopefully it will demonstrate the idea.

Example:
<?php // TRANSLATE URLS

$urls = array
( '/pages/richtel.php'  => '/arbiters/mrichtel'
, '/pages/barr.php'     => '/arbiters/rbarr'
, '/pages/anderson.php' => '/arbiters/landerson'
)
;

// TEST FOR THE OLD URL
if (array_key_exists($_SERVER["PHP_SELF"], $urls))
{
    header("Location: $urls[{$_SERVER["PHP_SELF"]}", TRUE, 301);
    exit;
}

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junipllcCommented:
You can also use the Apache "Redirect" method. I'm mobile right now but I think the syntax is:
Redirect permanent http://url1.example.com http://url2.example.com

sorry for the horrendous formatting. my phone and i are having  a fight and it's winning

mike
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jdanaAuthor Commented:
Great suggestions.  Thanks!
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