Many people will go to a computer repair shop to get their computer's data transferred to their new computer. Though even the average person can easily transfer their old data, pictures, documents, music, and etc. to their new desktop or laptop easily.
You don't need a big hard drive to transfer the information or even lots of dvds or cds but just the hard drive with the old information on it and the new comuter and a cheap little device.
that device is Cables To Go 30504 USB 2.0 to IDE or Serial ATA Drive Adapter (Black)
I personally use this device at work when ever we do a reinstall or need to do a data transfer from one computer to another. The only difference between you doing it your self and having a computer repair company doing it for you is that a computer repair company may charge you +$100 to do it and can do it for only 20 if you buy it your self and just take the hard drive out of the old computer and plug it in.
When using a device like that always remember to unplug everything first. Then take the old hard drive out from the computer. Now turn on the new computer into windows or which ever operating system your using. then plugin the usb transfer device and then plug the old hard drive to the usb transfer device then plugin the power to the hard drive. Depending on if it is a sata or ide drive they will be powered differently so make sure you put the right power adapter on the data transfer usb. It will take a little bit of time for windows to recognize that the hard drive is there but after it does it will look like another drive on windows just like and external drive does.
If your wanting your old drive to be a external drive I would not suggest using that transfer device to do that which you can do. but buy and external enclosure. If the old hard drive is an old laptop drive then you will want to use 2.5" USB 2.0 SATA Hard Drive HDD Case Enclosure
USB 2.0 External 2.5" IDE HDD Enclosure Case Blue For Laptop
sata does not have pins but the connector looks more like what a USB connector looks like where IDE (old hard drives) use pin configuration like in the picture for the device.
for desktop hard drives they are probably the larger 3.5 in drives
Vantec NexStar CX NST-300S2-BK 3.5-Inch SATA to USB 2.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure (Black)
3.5" IDE HDD Enclosure, Black
the transfer device will work on everything where enclosures are specific to the drive type.
Hope this helps get your data transferred
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