Posted 22 July 2005 - 01:14 PM
Posted 22 July 2005 - 02:37 PM
Assuming both machines are desktops, not laptops, its fairly straight forward :
Remove the hard drive from the damaged system. On the back of it you should see a jumper (small plastic caps) & several pins. You need to move the jumper & place it in the 'Slave' position.
Open up the new machine & locate the ribbon cable that the hard drive is connected to. On the cable, between the drive & the motherboard, you should see a spare connector. Plug the old drive into this connector. (the red stripe on the cable should be nearest the power connector on the drive). Attach the power connector.
Make sure the old drive is placed securely in a spare bay in the case.
Power the machine on & go into the bios. Make sure that both hard drives are detected correctly in the bios. If so, you can now boot into windows & copy the data from the old drive across to the new one.
When you have transferred everything you need, you can either remove the old drive or format it and use it as a second drive permanently in the system.
If you have any problems or questions with any of this, please ask us.
Posted 22 July 2005 - 03:30 PM
Just an addendum to Samm's great answer.. If both systems were using XP, you may NOT be able to transfer the files until you take ownership of them!!
Take Ownership of a File or Folder in XP
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