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tbomkamp

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My old computer from college is sitting in my closet right now. I would like to get some old files off of it. I't is running win95. I have a usb drive, but the old computer won't recognize it (drivers on the disk only go back to win98). Am I out of luck? Or is there an easy way to do this that I don't know about? I also need info about wiping the drive clean after and how to get rid of the computer (trash, recycling center, donations, etc.).
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pop the drive in the new machine, copy files, then format the drive with the new machine.

Before formatting it, tho, consider donating the computer...just remove the data. Give the disk to the volunteer organization if you have it to transfer the license..if it was an OEM install, the license travels with the machine and no disk is required.
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I would have tried that, but I'm on notebook now. Do you know of any donation drop off locations, or of a website to get the info? Thanks for the help.
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fyi...you can get a harddrive enclosure for less than $30, drop it in there, then hook it up through your laptop usb port.

As for donations...that depends on your location....look in the yellow pages under volunteer
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Thanks. I'll check out micro center later and see what they have.
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