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Buy new CPU, how to get info from old CPU

purplerain
07-09-2010, 03:34 PM
I want to buy a new computer. If I do, how do I get all the info from the old into the new? Thanks:)

Rick-F
07-09-2010, 03:48 PM
Put the old Hard Drive in the new computer . . . as a "slave".

lsilvest
07-09-2010, 04:12 PM
Your title is a little misleading since the CPU doesn't hold any "info". It depends on what you mean by info. Throwing your old drive into the new machine will give you access to your files, but it won't give you all of your programs. The OS on your old drive would most likely not work in the new machine if your OS is tied to your old machine. Your best bet is to use Microsoft's transfer program to transfer your settings from the old machine to the new machine and to copy your files to an external drive or to flash drives depending on how large your files are.

purplerain
07-09-2010, 09:15 PM
My computer is several years old and I want to get a new Dell. Need to transfer info from the old to the next (new) system.

oblioman
07-10-2010, 09:48 AM
My computer is several years old and I want to get a new Dell. Need to transfer info from the old to the next (new) system.

Whats the computer used for? HTPC,,video editing,,gaming??? Or light duty such as cruising the net, e-mail, faceplant?????

purplerain
07-10-2010, 10:20 AM
Whats the computer used for? HTPC,,video editing,,gaming??? Or light duty such as cruising the net, e-mail, faceplant?????

Light duty

Would want all my internet favs along with Microsoft Word docs etc.

oblioman
07-10-2010, 11:25 AM
Light duty

Would want all my internet favs along with Microsoft Word docs etc.

This would be all the computer you need,,,,and then some.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883147198
It comes with Win7,,,,,and do you have your original Word or Office discs?

kharaa
07-10-2010, 04:48 PM
to transfer the data, all you need to do is back it up to disk, OR just take the hard drive out of the computer you have now, and put it in to the new one, as a slave as Rick-F said.

oblioman
07-11-2010, 02:11 PM
to transfer the data, all you need to do is back it up to disk, OR just take the hard drive out of the computer you have now, and put it in to the new one, as a slave as Rick-F said.

That would be the simple method provided his new computer has ide slots or he has the gender changers going from s-ata to ide (assuming his old hard drive is ide.)

purplerain
07-12-2010, 08:23 AM
Is there a cable that I can send all info from my old to the new?

oblioman
07-12-2010, 11:27 AM
Is there a cable that I can send all info from my old to the new?

These are handy - just plug your old hard drive into a USB port. Ya won't be able to boot from it,,but all yer info will be there.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812156102R&cm_re=ide_to_sata_cable-_-12-156-102R-_-Product

mshulman
07-12-2010, 12:07 PM
What I'd suggest since it clearly sounds like you are a novice when it comes to computers might be looking at what systems are available at Best Buy. Their prices are pretty much in line with others (especially when on sale) and you may be able to get a better deal on having data transferred using Geek squad if you buy direct.

One way to transfer if you do want to do it yourself is to use the built in transfer method. I believe you can save the data to CD/DVD as well as a USB drive (need to buy one - good for backups anyway). When you run the transfer wizard, you first run it on your old computer and then on the new. It handles copying all your data and settings. I'd stay away from this if you've been having issues with your old computer - if its just old, then there shouldn't be any issues.