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Windows 7: MOVE EXT HD FILES TO new W7

20 Jun 2010   #1

windows 7 professional


How can I move my IDE EXT HD FILES to my new Windows 7 Computer? easiest way ---

I saw something about "EASY TRANSFER " but that does not seem to fit--

Thanks ,, Ralph

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20 Jun 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower

Hello neorican Welcome to SF!

If you have an empty second drive for storage on your main system one way would be copying the external drive's entire partition in one shot. The process would be time consuming while you could be still be doing other things while that was taking place.

For that you would use a 3rd party partitioning program with the copy option. For copying files onto a drive with files already present the old copy & paste method is still available with two explorer windows open for hightlighting and right clicking to copy on one and the right click to paste in the other.

Either method will still consume quite a bit time depending on how much you would be copying over. The Windows Easy Transfer tool there is mainly for backing up folders and files from the main system drive generally to a second drive(internal or external) or partition especially if the main drive is to be reformatted or replaced at some point.

Another way to preserve all files from any drive however is the use of a drive backup or imaging program where you would simply include the external drive in a backup to second drive on the system itself. That could then an image you could mount for incremental backups when allowed to add even more files.

You'll have to excuse the penmenship in the image here that points to an image of the main drive being mounted as an example of how that would work. Acronis True Image was the program used here for this.

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20 Jun 2010   #3

windows 7 professional

Hi Night Hawk,

Thank You for early reply ---seems that what you say to do is quite complicated and is quite different than what I was I told when I bought my new HP Windows 7 computer-
I was told that moving ext IDE to Windows 7 is EASY VIA usb --

My MORE important issue is moving my INTERNAL IDE HD's to my njew W 7--I was told that this can be done by using an IDE case so that Internals are now like externals, and again this was supposed to be easy -----

Anyway, if you believe that there is no other EASY way to do , I suppose I will have to get this done by a servicer---

Thanks again , Ralph
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20 Jun 2010   #4

Vista 64 Ultimate, Windows 7 64 Ultimate, Ubuntu 9.10

If you know the file extension, i.e. .jpg (photos) would be all jpeg's on your ext drive. You could type *.jpg in Search and then select all the .jpg's found then move them with a mouse drag to the C: drive folder you want them in, you would need to do this for all files. the easier way would be if your PC were wireless and on a home network and your old PC the same then you could use the File Transfer Wizard.
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20 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower

If you right click on a folder full of jpeg files you can select the copy option and then paste in the second window to see the entire folder copied over or highlight all intended folders in one effort for this.

When going to copy or move any large volume of folders, files, data it will still take time depending on fast the drive is, the method of transfer being the usb bus for you, and how much drive space is presently available on the destination drive.

The actual copy&paste process is quite basic however. For seeing an external drive installed internally that is a different matter regarding ide drives especially if you have Windows presently on a sata drive. With any repair or fresh install of Windows the installer will always look for the ide drive first over sata and the first ide if more then one is present to place boot files and mbr entries on that even while Windows is installed on another.

Internals seen as externals? Or vice versa with drives in external enclosures being available in Windows as additional logical drives. Even when plugging in a usb flash drive into a port that has to be mounted as a logical drive being provided a drive letter in order to available. With ide drives the one thing you are not able to do however is take advantage of the faster eSata type connection where sata drives are required while you still have ready access through the slower usb bus.
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21 Jun 2010   #6

windows 7 professional

I managed to connect my ext ide hd to my new fast hp sata hd on my new computer--- easier than I thought.

Now - my major problem --My Old computer is dead - cannot boot--- i bought a CASE called ACOMDATA so that I can move my ide INTERNAL Hd data (which I removed from my dead computer ) to my new sata Hd on my new Windows 7 computer-- I bought the proper unit so that this will allow the int HD to act like an Ext HD--

When I connected the Usb , i got no connection -- Could I have hooked it wrong or is this a better way to transfer these files --

Thanks again , Ralph
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21 Jun 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower

I hope you plugged in the power plug when going to insert the ide in the enclosure. Without any power you won't see anything.

When you mentioned the brand I figured it was time to show you the one used here for retrieving files from drives out of old cases before wiping them entirely. - acomdata SMBXXXU2E-Red Aluminum 3.5" Radiant Red USB 2.0 Samba Enclosure Kit

I preferred the fan cooled enclosure good for both ide and sata drives. With these the one thing to remember there is when first placing the drive in the tray you have to plug the power in on ide drives before pushing the drive onto the ide connector. There's no room to plug it in after the drive has been inserted.
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22 Jun 2010   #8

windows 7 professional

Thanks again-- It is done -- The case unit that I used was the one that you mentioned -- Very strange ---I decided to use another USB cord than the one that came with the unit and VOILA it worked--- I guess I had a faulty cord .

Making the moves is a lengthy process as many files are of no value in Windows 7

Thanks again,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Ralph
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22 Jun 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower

You're welcome! Bad cord eh?

Those are standard usb printer cords you can pick up at just about any retail store as well as online or places like an office supply store just in case the replacement sees any problems too.
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