How Do You Transfer Data to a New Computer?

  Lea 14:53 19 Jun 2003

I finally gave up on my Packard Bell and bought a new computer with Windows XP.I used backup to save important documents which I need to transfer over but Windows wouldn't recognise the disc. I then put the icon onto the desktop and opened it with Notepad...the result was gobbledegook. Windows XP can transfer data via cable but I don't really want to go there. Setting up the computer stretched my technical knowledge. Would be grateful for any help as the documents are important and there is a deadline for the reports I have to write.



  Bodi 15:23 19 Jun 2003

as a temporary measure, set up your old drive as slave to your new one in your present computer? If you can, with a bit of luck, you should be able to drag the files you want into a suitably named folder on your new computer. I have done this, but not with Windows XP, and so am not absolutely certain it will work.

Presumably your old drive is FAT32?


  -pops- 15:25 19 Jun 2003

click here and look at my response.


  Lea 19:18 19 Jun 2003

I tried again, saving and then opening on the new computer. Same thing......gobbledegook.Is there nothing I can do to change it to English? I know that Windows XP has the facility for transferring data and I will always have a go but they are talking another language! LOL It's very irritating. I only want the documents...the computer can keep the rest!

Thanks guys,


  -pops- 19:33 19 Jun 2003

If it's only documents and they are in a recognised format (eg Word), just copy the documents to a disk in that same format and read them in your new computer with the same or similar program. No need to mess around with backup or anything obscure.


  Lea 23:07 19 Jun 2003

I have solved it! Hurrah! Windows XP has a file and setting transfer wizard and after a couple of false starts I finally managed to transfer the documents to their new home. Sheesh! What a day! Anyone want a clapped out PB?
Many thanks for all your help.


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