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algernon
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« on: October 29, 2004, 06:15:36 AM »

I just got my new dell 8400 (thanks Jeff Jones).

I have a few questions:

Is it a good idea to boot the computer as shipped or can I go straight to a complete reinstall of XP Pro and start from scratch right off?

What is the best way to transfer data to my new computer?  I have about 20 gigs of music to move over.

The drive in my old system is only about a month old, its an 80gb drive that I just bought..  I plan on dropping it into an external enclosure.   Will the data on this drive be readable by my new computer when I plug it into my usb or do I need to reformat it first.  This drive has files I want plus my XP install from my old system.

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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2004, 06:24:45 AM »

First: I would reformat the HD in the new PC and start over on XP. Dell installs a LOT of useless junk, apps you won't use, and other things like Norton AV/Internet Security which I recently found out affect overall system performance pretty badly.

I just got a little 4600, not the big fancy shmancy one, but I imagine all this still applies. I saw a fairly obvious increase in performance after the reformat/reinstall of the things I needed, I'd imagine you will too.

As for the HD, I'm pretty sure you should be able to read the HD just fine, move over what you want, and then reformat it. I did that with a HD from an old Athlon 700 system I had. The CPU in that PC died on me, and I saw no reason to bother trying to hunt for a replacement. I stole the ram, Hard-drive, and some other things from it and moved them to my old P3-650 system. When I plugged the second hard drive in, it just showed up in windows like it had always been there. I moved over what I wanted to keep, deleted the rest and formatted the drive. It's now full of nothing but mp3's and game patches. I use it as a storage bin for all the things I don't want to clutter up the hard drive on this machine with by moving things to it over the wireless network. Works great.
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2004, 06:33:01 AM »

To transfer alot of stuff, I'd just temporarily install the harddrive with the 20gigs of stuff as a slave in the new computer, and click & drag all the files and/or folders I wanted from the old harddrive over to the new one.

edit: I see it's a USB drive, so it might take awhile to transfer over that much, make sure you have 2.0 working if applicable.

Also, is it a new Dell? Don't they limit what you can do without voiding your warranty? I'd check into that too, make sure doing a reinstall doesn't violate any agreement.
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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2004, 06:48:27 AM »

Thanks for the answers guys.

It is actually not a USB yet, I am gonna drop it in an enclosure.

How hard is it to slave it?

Is this plug and play or do I have to mess with jumpers and such?

Thanks for the warranty tip, I will check with dell first.   I really hate all the useless stuff that these companies load.
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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2004, 02:23:31 PM »

You won't void your warranty by formatting the HD. People reinstall for all sorts of reasons.

Easiest thing to do is wait till you get the new enclosure, and transfer the data via USB 2.0.

you wrote: "Will the data on this drive be readable by my new computer when I plug it into my usb or do I need to reformat it first."

Whatever you do, don't reformat the old drive! you'll erase all your MP3's. Now that you have a DVD burner, I would strongly recommend backing up those MP3's (once you get them transferred)  onto blank DVD's.

For installing your old drive, yes, there are jumpers to deal with. There are basically 3 settings. Master, Slave, and Cable Select.

Is the drive in the new Dell a SATA? (I can't remember) If so, that will be on a different cable. Let me know, and I can guide you from there.
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