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August 24, 2009 6:36:02 PM

Hi,

I just bought an HP Pavilion a6720f Desktop PC. I am looking to transfer files from my old PC's 3 IDE hard drives (ranging from 80gb to 250gb), and my old laptop IBM R51 (80gb) to this new SATA one (640 GB SATA 3G).
Old PC's are XP, going to 64 Bit Vista

How do I go about doing this? Looking for a cheap option that will transfer the files quickly.
Thank you

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August 24, 2009 7:34:57 PM

Does that computer have any IDE ports where you can hook up your old drives?

You can also purchase a cheap external enclosure then hook them up through the usb port.
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August 24, 2009 7:57:17 PM

Look at this item: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have one of these and it is great! It has a USB interface and you can plug it in to an standard IDE drive, a notebook IDE drive and a SATA drive. It comes with it's own power supply and is on sale with free shipping right now. You can't beat it for $20 !
August 24, 2009 8:15:54 PM

shabaa said:
Look at this item: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have one of these and it is great! It has a USB interface and you can plug it in to an standard IDE drive, a notebook IDE drive and a SATA drive. It comes with it's own power supply and is on sale with free shipping right now. You can't beat it for $20 !



The ratings and reviews on that product really bother me.
August 24, 2009 8:42:37 PM

Yea that worreis me.

tosh9i..does it look like the computer I bought has IDE?

If not, is there an enclosure that you reccomend? perhaps one that can not only transfer files from IDE drives, but down the road could also house an additional external SATA drive.

Thanks
August 24, 2009 8:49:27 PM

It doesn't seem like your motherboard has any ide ports.

This is the only external enclosure I can find that can do both 3.5" (desktop HD) and 2.5" (notebook HD) drives AND that has IDE (note: it also has SATA, just like you wanted):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The downside is that it costs $38.

Wait, hold off on that, it says External Interface SATA, not USB.
a b G Storage
August 24, 2009 8:59:13 PM

If your older machines have LAN ports,
you can purchase a cross-over RJ-45 cable
and connect a pair of machines to form a LAN.

Then, you can simply transfer files, using
standard LAN software integrated in XP.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.homenethelp.com/web/explain/about-ethernet-c...


Lots to choose from at Newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...


Normal NON-crossover Ethernet cables typically plug
into a LAN switch or router, which does the "crossover"
function internally.


MRFS
August 24, 2009 9:06:12 PM

I'd go with MRFS's idea.

I don't have any crossover cables, but all my computers are connected through the router, and I can share my files using "shared folders". So, I can copy files from one computer to the other through the home network.
August 24, 2009 9:15:25 PM

Thanks MRFS and Tosh.

However, which I forgot to mention, my old XP computer with the hard drives barely even boots up. Have had a lot of problems with it and just use the laptop now. So I would have to hook the 3 IDE drives from it up to the R51 IBM laptop or directly to the new computer to get the data from it.

The crossover may work for taking data from the laptop hard drive to the new computer though.
August 24, 2009 9:31:26 PM

Thanks. Would the data transfer quicker from the IDE drives via USB or SATA?
August 24, 2009 9:34:51 PM

Finding an external enclosure that fits both 2.5 and 3.5 drives and IDE and SATA is complicated. But, as long as you can copy the data from your laptop through your network, then you don't need the enclosure for the 2.5. In other words, you just need a 3.5 external enclosure with a ide/sata internal interface and a usb external inteface, here's a list of them (normally, i'd recommend one of them, but all of them have mediocre reviews):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
a b G Storage
August 24, 2009 9:36:56 PM

If you buy this Vantec, read the comments at Newegg:

laptop connectors reserve pins 41, 42, 43, and 44 for
DC power in and ground. So, BE SURE TO LOCATE Pin 1
on both the cable and the connector, if you try to
use this Vantec also with 2.5" lap top hard drives.


At this product, note where the 4-pin Molex wires
terminate on the 44-pin connector:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Standard desktop IDE/PATA connectors use a 40-conductor
ribbon cable, with a "null" wire in between each of the
active wires, to nullify cross-talk at ATA-100 and ATA-133
speeds (aka Ultra DMA).

If you aren't planning to use this Vantec to connect
PATA laptop hard drives, you can ignore the above.


MRFS
a b G Storage
August 24, 2009 9:39:55 PM

> Would the data transfer quicker from the IDE drives via USB or SATA?

SATA is much faster: SATA-I is rated at 150MB/second; SATA-II 300MB/second;
USB 2 is rated at 48 MB/second (480 Mbps / 10 bits per byte, serial protocol).

The rate at which the bits are being read by your IDE drives
is the limiting factor: they're probably only capable of
reading and writing at ~50-60 MB/second, so going with USB
will not be that much of a performance bottleneck,
particularly for a one-time file transfer.

The converter will have its own overhead, of course.


MRFS
a c 367 G Storage
August 26, 2009 6:33:42 PM

I agree, fella, there are no IDE ports on that mobo.

If you want one-time or infrequent data transfers from a 3½" or 2½" IDE drive into your computer via a USB2 port, a simple adapter that does not enclose your IDE drive will do it. This one with good user reviews can connect both drive sizes and both IDE and SATA interfaces to a USB2 port, and has its own power supply for both itself and the drive:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There are others - search Newegg with the phrase "ide to usb adapter". I did not find any external ENCLOSURE that could handle 3½" and 2½" drive sizes in the same box, but maybe I did not look far enough.
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