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Battis32



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 1:45 am    Post subject: transferring files Reply with quote

I have an older PC that runs Windows 98. I want to transfer files to my newer PC that runs XP. The older PC has a CD drive, the newer one a DVD drive. Neither will read the other. I cannot use a flash drive in the older one because it doesn't have a driver, and it can't be connected to the Internet to download one.
Is there a way to connect the two PCs to transfer files?
Any suggestions?
Thanks.
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Markb



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I my experience all DVD drives will read CD's If the Win 98 machine has a drive that can write CD's you can transfer this way. By far the easiest way though is by using a network connection. If both machines have a network card, you can connect them together using a crossover of by using a network switch if you have one. Another alternatice is to take the hard drive out of the Windows 98 machine and attach it to the new machine as a slave. We would need to know some more details of the hardware if you require instructions on how to do any of the above.
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Battis32



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. I tried adding the older hard drive to the newer machine but it kept reading he older hard drive as the master. Any ideas or suggestions?
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SoftStag



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There should be a jumper on the hard drive to set it to slave. Usually there is a sticker on hte hard drive showing where to move the jumper to.

With regard to the DVD drive, it should read CDs - they all do, unless they are faulty.

If both systems have LAN cards in them, it might be easier to connect them via a cross over Ethernet cable.
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Battis32



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried moving the jumper but it just would not switch the older hard drive to slave (I tried every slot). I decided to try using an Ethernet cable but the older machine didn't have a slot that would accept it. The CD's made in the older machine won't work in any other machine I tried. Then my son downloaded a driver for a flash drive, installed it in the older machine and bingo - I can now transfer files that way.
Thanks for the suggestions.
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Markb



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for letting us know.
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