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Windows 7: Transfering files from XP hard drive to Windows 7

08 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Transfering files from XP hard drive to Windows 7

My motherboard on my laptop that was running XP went out. I bought a new laptop with Windows 7 and want to transfer some files from my old hard drive onto my new machine. From what I've read, it seems that I would have to install Windows Easy Transfer on the old machine before I can transfer the files to a machine running Windows 7. However, since my old machine won't boot, there doesn't seem to be a way around this. Other than putting my hard drive into another machine and booting off of it, is there a way to transfer my files?


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08 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If your system is completely non-operational, then you will probably have to remove the drive and slave it into another computer. If there is space on the drive, you could create a new partition and copy the data you want to save to the new partition. Or, you could copy what you want to save to a USB flash drive, SD card, etc.
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08 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you for your response. I'm sort of a novice about these kind of things, so I apologize if I'm not understanding you right or if I wasn't clear in my original post. I've read that I can buy a USB to IDE adapter and plug the old hard drive into my new computer and transfer the files. Before purchasing this, I wanted to make sure that it would work and that's when I read that Windows Easy Transfer would have to be utilized when transferring files from an XP machine to Windows 7. However, are you saying that this isn't necessary if I use this adapter and plug it into the new laptop as a slave device?
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08 Nov 2009   #4

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Tri-head USB Adapter


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08 Nov 2009   #5

Windows XP Pro, Windows 7
 
 
External USB Enclosure

I would pull the drive from the machine and put it in an external USB enclosure, then plug it into the laptop and transfer all the files over.
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09 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7
 
 

Coppertrail,

Thank you, but what I'm asking is if this will work if the original drive is from a Windows XP machine and my new laptop is Windows 7. Will the files transfer over if I just plug the old hard drive into my new machine? Nothing else would need to be done to the old hard drive beforehand, ie install Windows Easy Transfer?
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09 Nov 2009   #7

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

No, you wouldn't have to do anything to the old hard drive--but you shouldn't try to copy over installed programs. Just go after your personal data---bookmarks, email, pictures, video, mp3, Word files, etc.
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09 Nov 2009   #8

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DanH View Post
Coppertrail,

Thank you, but what I'm asking is if this will work if the original drive is from a Windows XP machine and my new laptop is Windows 7. Will the files transfer over if I just plug the old hard drive into my new machine? Nothing else would need to be done to the old hard drive beforehand, ie install Windows Easy Transfer?

If you use the adapter or an enclosure for the old laptop HD & it is not damaged in any way, you should be able to copy files, docs, pics, music, etc. But programs will have to be installed new. If you want settings from old HD you should look at the WET tutorial

Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers
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09 Nov 2009   #9

Windows XP Pro, Windows 7
 
 

I did this with my Mom's computer. She had an XP Laptop and we got her a Win 7 desktop. I pulled the drive from her laptop and put it in a USB enclosure. A word of advice though: Before you plug in your old hard drive, completely disable UAC on the Windows 7 machine. I ran into permissions issues on the old hard drive, I had to take ownership of several of her folders on her old drive. But once I disabled UAC, it worked fine. And it will not modify your old drive as long as you copy rather than move the files. You'll need to re-install any programs because of registry entries, etc.
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09 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you everyone. I will try that.
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