a question about USB cables

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not the brightest spark...
Member Since: Sep 13, 2005


If i get an new pc. can i transer the contents of my old hardrive onto the new one by a usb to usb cable.

Or would it be easier to just take the harddrive out and put it in the new one.

if so how does i do it?

many thanks as always,


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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Feb 22, 2006 12:18 pm

I assume we are talking about an internal HD in your old system, correct? You'd likely be better off just putting it in the new PC, or get a USB external case for it and hook it up via USB making it an external drive.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Feb 22, 2006 01:08 pm

as a heads up, if you're trying to just copy user files ( the ones you create, like recorded tracks, mixdowns, documents, etc ) then it shouldn't be a problem.

If you're trying to copy program files in windows, like windows itself, audacity, cubase, word, excel, etc., then you can't (easily). You'd be way farther ahead just reloading the programs from the installation CDs (or whatever).

As far as installing an IDE HD into your new PC, it's certainly not a big deal, but there's issues to be aware of. I can walk you through it, via internet communiques, but it's lots easier to have someone there who has done it before (successfully).

dB also has that good lead, using the old one as a USB drive, may be the easiest solution yet, unless you want to copy the files off of the old drive, and then put it to use in a different PC (like the old one.

Let me know if you're interested, and I can put out a small outline.

Or, any one of the PC techies here can, if I miss this thread.

Since: Feb 07, 2005

Feb 22, 2006 02:41 pm

External USB drives are very handy for all kinds of things. Makes for an easy way to back up those gold record sessions. On Windows XP there was no installation of drivers or anything. It just appears as another drive.

not the brightest spark...
Since: Sep 13, 2005

Feb 23, 2006 10:57 am

brilliant. the usb conversion kit seesm to be what i need. i appreciate that pjk at al.

How do i go about converting it. the drive is a maxtor 6y0800. 80 gig.

Can i buy a little thingummy to slot it into?



Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Feb 23, 2006 11:39 am

google it up - external drive usb kit -

found this:


certainly not the only options, but it's one.

one from newegg:


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