how is the system dying is the important question, the idea of either slaving the harddrive of the old computer inside the new computer(if it is a desktop) or using an external harddrive caddie(if it is a laptop) is probably the best option. One will have to change the permissions to allow the new system to read to old one but that is fairly easy.
but the important thing to think about here is that even the new harddrive could die on you and then you have lost all, so I suggest not so much transfering the data from the old computer to the new one only but, and this is only in the case that it another part of the old computer that dying on you leaving the old harddrive usable, of transfering the data from the old harddrive to the new computer and then formatting the old harddrive to give you an empty usable drive and then transfering back the data, in this case music files, to the old but now empty harddrive, in other words mutual backup between two drives
eitherway, I hope you have noticed that it is not a good idea to only have one harddrive with everything stored on it, harddrives like humans have a lifespan and like humans it is not the old that always die first, in fact I find a lot of the older drives to be more robust than the new ones.
Edited by fleamailman, 26 July 2007 - 11:38 AM.