Member Rara Avis
a good distinction there Ron.
A - you will be better off installing it all new. some things (if your new OS is Windows XP) will not need the drivers reloaded - scanner, digital camera, etc. XP will cover most of the products out there in a fairly efficient manner. (the only exception i've noted so far in my experience, is the Canon printers).
As for transferring: Do you have a CD burner on your old computer? If so, that would probably be the easiest method. A standard writable CD holds approx. 640 - 700M of information, which should enable you to use a single disc for all your files. Worst case, you might need to use a couple. At $0.50 / disc, it's not too bad of an investment.
If you don't have one on your old computer, you have a few other options (since it probably isnt' feasible to transfer image files on a floppy disk).
Personally, I would go with #1 if i had the possibility. Failing that, I would do #3. But I would probably want to keep the old HD anyway, so would do it even if I didnt' need to copy anything over. *smile* Lemme know how this works and if you need some more help. I'm more than happy to expand on anything.
- Take the CD Burner out of your new computer (it did come with a burner, right?) and put it in your old one temporarily. The connection is easy - take out your existing CD-Rom drive and replace it with the burner.
From there, you can load up your drivers and software (you should have a disc with your new computer) and copy all the files onto a CD/s. Then put the burner back into your new computer and you're set to copy everything over.
- Pier-to-Pier: There are several ways to connect this way, and ethernet isn't the only one - just the easiest.
To find out if you have ethernet capability on both computers, look in the back where everything connects (printer cords, modem cable, etc). An ethernet outlet looks similar to a phone-line (modem) connection, just about 1-1/2 times larger. Next to the outlet should be one or two small lights colored green / yellow. If you have these ports on both computers, just take an network cable, connect it between the two, go to "Control Panel" in XP (start on the one with XP). (I really hope that's what you have, lol). Ok - you can set up your network in XP by following the easy instructions. It will prompt you toward the end, asking if you want a disk for the other computer/s. Definitely a "yes." Then you can put the disk in your other computer and it'll basically set itself up. Following that, you can use Windows Explorer to copy everything over.
There are other ways to set up a pier-to-pier, but let's start here. We can go over the others if this isn'f feasible.
- Hard Drive as a slave. Uhm - as I think about it, this isn't nec. "easy." If you want to do it, we can, but i'll save my fingers unless someone wants to.
Peace 'n hugs A