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Old 08-13-2008, 10:30 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Thanks, I was kinda thinking that was what I would do. We will see how it works. Wow, $90 maybe I need to go to school.
Why would you go to school?
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:18 AM
 
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Good advice everyone.

ajzjmsmom,

You might want to do a search for certain types of files just to cover all bases. Open Windows Explorer (right-click Start, it's the second item), Browse to drive C:, then click on search in the toolbar at the top.

At the left of the screen, click on "all files and folders" and on the next screen place file extensions in the top space, separated by commas:

.jpg, .bmp, .png, .pdf, .doc, .txt

Adding the (period) to the search string keeps odd file names that might include the three characters from being included. Basically it forces the search to only show files with these extensions.

and so on. Look in: Should show drive C:. This is the location where the search starts and using C: forces the search to look through the entire drive.

There are plenty of other extensions that programs you use might have so check what they save as. Things like Excel, tax programs, MS Works, AutoCAD, etc all have their own extensions.

This finds all files with the inserted extensions and keeps any placed in an odd folder from getting past your copy process.

Click on Search

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Old 08-13-2008, 11:25 AM
 
Location: somewhere
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What is your old computer and what is your new computer? Desktop and/or notebook. If you're just going to trash your old one, why not remove the hard drive and use it as a backup or second drive?

Both are desktops.
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:38 AM
 
Location: TX
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You can get 8Gb to 16Gb USB drives from eBay for under $40. Be careful of files that have long names or long directory links. For some reason, USB drives don't store those types very well.
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:53 AM
 
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You can get 8Gb to 16Gb USB drives from eBay for under $40. Be careful of files that have long names or long directory links. For some reason, USB drives don't store those types very well.
Do not, I repeat, do not buy a usb drive on eBay. Get one at your local store or on line from Newegg or Tiger Direct.

eBay is notorious for sellers selling junk usb drives. No, no, no, no!
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I used C:. as a search term and was surprised that all I found was: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Spybot - Search & Destroy\Backups
I thought there would be more than that.

With .jpg, .bmp, .png, .pdf, .doc, .txt I found only 9267 files.
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:55 AM
 
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Both are desktops.
If you are comfortable with taking the drive out of the old PC then putting it in the new one is not a bad idea, depending.

If the old drive is an IDE (PATA) drive and the new computer wants SATA drives, then it's not so simple. It can be done, it just gets complicated.
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:57 AM
 
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I used C:. as a search term and was surprised that all I found was: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Spybot - Search & Destroy\Backups
I thought there would be more than that.

With .jpg, .bmp, .png, .pdf, .doc, .txt I found only 9267 files.

??

C: isn't the search term, it's the search location. You want to make the program search from the root of drive C: so it finds all files.

Depending on your PC you may also want to search D: if there is one.

BTW, thanks, I rewrote the original post. It was awkwardly written.
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Old 08-13-2008, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Texas
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C:. not C: . I did use the C: directory for all of those extensions, though.

BTW, thanks for the EBay warning. I'll probably just go to Office Depot, unless Newegg can beat the price, including shipping.
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Old 08-13-2008, 02:18 PM
 
Location: somewhere
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Good advice everyone.

ajzjmsmom,

You might want to do a search for certain types of files just to cover all bases. Open Windows Explorer (right-click Start, it's the second item), Browse to drive C:, then click on search in the toolbar at the top.

At the left of the screen, click on "all files and folders" and on the next screen place file extensions in the top space, separated by commas:

.jpg, .bmp, .png, .pdf, .doc, .txt

Adding the (period) to the search string keeps odd file names that might include the three characters from being included. Basically it forces the search to only show files with these extensions.

and so on. Look in: Should show drive C:. This is the location where the search starts and using C: forces the search to look through the entire drive.

There are plenty of other extensions that programs you use might have so check what they save as. Things like Excel, tax programs, MS Works, AutoCAD, etc all have their own extensions.

This finds all files with the inserted extensions and keeps any placed in an odd folder from getting past your copy process.

Click on Search
Okay so I did this and there are tons of things on there and alot I don't want to move to the new computer. I basically just wanted to move all my pics from one computer to the other. I am assuming I just click on the ones I want to move and go from there?
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