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Old 05-23-04, 03:52 PM
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Migrating data to a new laptop

A friend of mine is getting himself a new laptop, and wants to migrate data from his current machine to the new one. He specifically wants his documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), photos, and email (Outlook Express) moved. It's probably about 2-3 GB of data total. His current laptop is pretty dated, and runs Win98. There is no CD burner, no external hard drive/burner, and he only has USB 1.1 ports, as well as an ethernet port. The new laptop will have WinXP Pro as the OS. Any suggestions? He wants to do this as inexpensively as possible.

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Old 05-23-04, 05:24 PM
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Borrow or buy a USB pen drive?
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Old 05-23-04, 05:47 PM
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borrow a hub?
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How about using a crossover cable to network the two of them together ?
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Old 05-23-04, 08:15 PM
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You indicated that your friend runs Win98 and NOT Win98SE. The distinction is important as some suggestions fail based upon the operating system version. The current suggestions up to this point are:

stevevt -- Buy or borrow a USB pen drive. These are as cheap as $19.95 at Wal-Mart for the smallest-sized ones. Of course, to transfer large files, you will have to use ZIP or RAR archive methods to split a large file into smaller ones that fit onto such a drive. Most, but not all USB pen drives require Win98SE as the earliest OS.

Barney1234 -- Borrow a hub. This would use regular ethernet cables between the hub and each laptop.

UWSarge -- Use a crossover cable to network the two of them. You can avoid the use of a hub if you have only two devices. In such a case, a crossover ethernet cable (similar in principle to a crossover null-modem cable) can connect the two devices.

Startide -- Use either a USB networking cable or a USB-to-USB file transfer cable. This method works for Win98 and newer. It is too bad that one of your ports is only USB 1.1 because there are USB 2.0 transfer cables that are quite fast. More background info explaining what this type of transfer cable is can be found at:

You can also borrow an external PCMCIA drive or external USB hard drive. Most external USB hard drives require Win98SE or newer.
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Old 05-23-04, 09:58 PM
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Aloha Bob? Might do more than you want it to, though.
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