Posting this here because I believe it relates to the OS more than anything else...but if not, please (Mr. Administrator), feel free to move it accordingly:
My new Dell 8250 is on it's way, which will be running XP. My old box, a Dell 700, is running Win98SE.
I'm about to start the long, tedious backup & transfer process, which consists of burning all important files, folders, downloaded programs, bookmarks, address book, etc., to CD-R, for upload to the new PC when it comes.
Typical documents aren't a problem. But the main use of my PC is that of a DAW, for the purpose of multitrack recording. As a result, my audio libraries (which are located on my secondary drive) are freakin' huge; & the process could conceivably take an inordinate amount of time (as in, forever.)
So...is it possible to:
A) Network the existing PC to the new PC via an Ethernet cable (I've got a 10/100 LAN card in the existing box; & will have integrated 10/100 LAN capability in the new box); & upload everything to the new PC? Does XP have a utility for that? This is what I would really like to do...
B) Backup everything I need onto my existing secondary drive; & pop that in the new PC?
[&; as an aside...when secondary drives are originally installed, they are formatted to the file system of the existing OS, right? (which, in my case, is Win98SE/FAT32.) If I pop the old 2nd drive in the new Dell, which is running XP (or just ribbon cable it in for ghosting), would there be a conflict? Doesn't XP have a dual boot option that supports different OS's. Could it be done in that way?
Thanks in advance,
BTW - I don't intend to leave the old secondary drive in the new PC, as I want to get a new secondary drive of larger capacity (& also would like the benefits of having a new, larger one, formatted to XP/NTFS.) And...I would really like to utilize method "A" anyway, if possible.