Transfering files from old (broken) PC to New?

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    Jeo

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    I have a new PC with a ATA drive connectivity and need to transfer data from my old PC's IDE drive to the new.The problem is my old PC is not working. Even so, I can transfer ordinary files like old jpegs, docs etc, by slaving my old IDE drive to a spare PC's primary IDE drive. Iuse the Belkin Easy Transfer Cable. I can't use the automatic method because the spare PC's master drive belongs to another person's identity. I tried attaching my old drive as a master but that didn't work as XP had to adjust for new hardware, whichmade XP inoperable.

    So I have to search for files manually. The problem is how to transfer special files like:-<UL><LI>old emails and email settings</LI><LI>music licences for iTunes, WMP &amp; CD rips</LI><LI>favorites links</LI><LI>any others I have not thought of :)</LI>[/list]
    1. <LI>Where are these located in XP?

      </LI><LI>I understand you have to unlicence music files from your old PC to move them to a new one. The problem is since my old PC is broken, I can't do this. I could download new licences, but they will assume I am running these files on two PC's. IS there a way around this other than repairing my old PC.</LI>

    Thanks for any advice offered.
     
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    I was in pretty much the same situation. HD had CRASHED, so I bought a new machine....found out the drives were different.....IDE and SATA. I obtained an adapter cable (with power supply) that allowed me to connect the old HD to the new machine via USB, after I set the jumper to CS (cable select). Then I had to "take ownership" of each folder, sub-folder and file. For some reason, some of the files transferred to the new drive with no problem, after I took ownership of the folder. With other folders and files, Vista demanded that I take ownership of each file individually. Good Luck
     
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    As far as outlook is concerned search for .PST files which is your store email. Your favorites should be in your user documents section.
     
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    Whenever Vista sees an S-ATA drive and a P-ATA drive in the same machine, it defaults to booting from the P-ATA drive. So, you CAN hook up your old drive in your machine, you just have to go into the BIOS and force it to boot from the S-ATA drive.
     
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