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#1 Woodcookedbbq

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 05:27 PM

Can somebody tell me the easiest way to transfer a bunch of files from one computer to another? My parents have a bunch of pictures on their old computer that they want to put on a new computer they just bought. Thanks.

#2 Panthro

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 05:31 PM

i say get an external harddrive then you can move them and have a backup

#3 SmootsDaddy89

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 05:38 PM

i say get an external harddrive then you can move them and have a backup


This. Unless you're so cheap that you'd rather e-mail the files to yourself and then download them onto the new computer.

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 05:49 PM

i wouldn't spring for an external harddrive unless it's like 100 GB of photos.

you can get a 4 GB flash drive for 15 bucks.

#5 Darth Biscuit

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 06:04 PM

i wouldn't spring for an external harddrive unless it's like 100 GB of photos.

you can get a 4 GB flash drive for 15 bucks.


This. Office Depot usually has cheapo thumb drives in a basket at the checkout counter.

#6 cookinwithgas

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 06:42 PM

I go for the external hard drive - make a copy of all their documents, transfer to the new PC, then squirrel the external drive away somewhere. When they accidently delete all their stuff at least you have a backup from where they started, and then once a month/quarter/year you can update the backup.

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 08:18 PM

Are the two pc's connected? If so, just download an FTP application, and use that to transfer everything. Doesn't cost a thing.

Just make sure you remove the ftp app after you are done, as running ftp is unsecure.

#8 shinner

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 09:48 PM

Even if they're not on the same network you should be able to use a crossover cable and do a peer-to-peer connection. Of course this won't work if both computers aren't in the same vicinity.

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 11:43 AM

I go for the external hard drive - make a copy of all their documents, transfer to the new PC, then squirrel the external drive away somewhere. When they accidently delete all their stuff at least you have a backup from where they started, and then once a month/quarter/year you can update the backup.



Ding ding. Winner winner, chicken dinner.

You can never have enough storage. I get these Seagate 500Gb external hard drives from Office Depot for about $80.00 on sale.

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 11:50 AM

If it's just pictures upload them to one of the 253478569283475693 image hosting site then download them on the new comp. No need to get fancy.

#11 Darth Biscuit

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 12:13 PM

If it's just pictures upload them to one of the 253478569283475693 image hosting site then download them on the new comp. No need to get fancy.


Natty, please refrain from posting erroneous info on here... there are 253478569283475694 image hosting sites...

#12 Panthro

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 12:24 PM

Those sites can be hacked. Get the external....sheesh these are your parents pictures!

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 12:49 PM

Spend the 80 bux and get teh half tera and be done with it.

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 12:56 PM

Even if they're not on the same network you should be able to use a crossover cable and do a peer-to-peer connection. Of course this won't work if both computers aren't in the same vicinity.


Hahaha. Now that's old school. I wonder if a parallel connection would work. The old direct cable connection. IDK if that is still supported or not.

#15 Darth Biscuit

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 01:06 PM

Hahaha. Now that's old school.


No, floppy disks with spanning software is old school... we used to do that crap back in the mid-ninties before we set up our first LAN. That was also back when files were measured in KB instead of GB.


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