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Need computer tech brain trust assistance

I walked into my office this morning to hear grinding*. It was coming from my old computer. This is a machine at least 6 years old, so I don't plan to do anything to continue life support. What I do want to do is to get the data off of it. What method do people recommend for backups these days? Both the old computer and my current one are Windows XP.

* And not a good grinding noise, either. As the old saying goes, "Nine megs for the secretaries fair, Seven megs for the hackers scarce, Five megs for the grads in smokey lairs, Three megs for system source. One disk to rule them all, One disk to bind them, One disk to hold the files, And in the darkness grind them."


Mar. 20th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
Depends what you got. Is the drive still accessible (dying, but not yet dead)? If so, get the data off ASAP. If you're on a network, just dump all the data into a shared folder on another machine. If you have a big enough thumb drive, copy all of the data onto that (if the thumb drive isn't large enough, you might have to make multiple trips transfering data via the thumb drive to another computer). If you have a DVD burner, you can backup the data 4.7GB at a time on DVD-Rs. (Which is several times more efficient than backing up a lot of data on CD-ROMs.)
Mar. 20th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
If your hard drive is not accessible anymore, you could try moving it into another PC. If you don't have any of the data transfer capabilities I listed above, you may have to beg, borrow, or buy them.

If the hard drive is simply dead, it may be too late. I lost a lot when my HD died in November (with absolutely no advance warning!)