i'm back from all my excersions.
in the process of purchasing the cable i needed at Best Buy, i was advised to speek to the people at The Geek Squad to make sure i had the correct cable...which is usb to usb, it's called a Crossover Cable to connect from computer to computer...did i buy the right thing?
i spoke with two of the Geek guys and they had absolutely no idea what i was talking about. they said that if the laptop didn't have XP installed (since we couldn't find the OS, only that choice of C:\WINDOWS) they didn't know how the laptop would even recognize the cable as hardward. they wanted me to bring it into them to fix for about $150....said, no thanks, i got a good guy helping me out and i'm learning alot too!
then i met this nice gentleman, who overheard me talking with these Geek guys and he talked to me for quite a while and suggested something even better. he said to purchase an external hard drive, hook it up to my computer with the cable i bought, my computer would recognize it as some weird Z or W drive, install XP on the external drive and then get my daughters stuff off her hard drive. he did understand what was going on with the laptop, he said as long as it said WINDOWS, then indeed it was installed on her laptop, and i could recover her data and then reinstall XP after recovery onto external drive. plus, after all this, i'd have an external drive for my own computer and i can move most of my "crap" onto the external drive, freeing up my CPU. does this make sense to you? or is just transfering her data to my computer easier. either way i got an external 120G drive for $59! for some reason they were marked wrong, 60, 80 & 120G were all marked $59, so i bought the largest one!
i'm here and ready to go, whenever you are. i just need you to walk me thru in more english language than computer language, as i don't understand most of it, but i'm learning!