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Jeez, the Windows 10 experience with upgrading this present PC scared the living daylights out of me. I don't need that again! I'm terrified of Windows 10 now!Either way, you own it now, so Windows 10 wouldn't be anything to fear. It's free, simple to upgrade, and would run very well.
I have an ESATA interface with a BlacX on this PC, which I use for mirror backups to raw hard drives. I keep a couple of them in the fire safe.As for moving the data, a simple flash drive or external drive is your simplest way.
It's funny, but it kind of reminds me of the care with which Jewish people treat their Torahs - those sacred scrolls that they have in the temples, which they'd save if the temple was burning down? But when you think about it, this is my computing life on this thing.
Assuming you're going to keep Windows 8.1, take the hard drive out of your old computer and stick it into the BlacX. Hook the BlacX up to the new computer and transfer the data from the old hard drive onto the new computer.
As for your programs and apps, for the most part, they won't transfer; hopefully you still have the CDs/DVDs and Product Keys for those.
As I told you, every Windows 7 computer I've upgraded to Windows 10 had problems and only a clean install would fix things. However, every Windows 8.1 computer I've upgraded to Windows 10 has gone pretty well, although I'm of the old school that an upgrade takes along the problems, so a clean install is in order, no matter which upgrade path.
I got things a little bit backward; you should first install your programs and apps before transferring your data, just in case it may make a difference somehow.
Also, if I remember correctly, in the past (a long time ago), I have put the "old" hard drive into the new computer and run my programs from there. That said, I'm not sure the old hard drive wouldn't try to boot, since I haven't done it in awhile.
One of the other guys may be able to enlighten both of us on that. If you can get that to work, that would be fantastic. Hmmmmmm, wheels are turning . . . What if, while you have the old drive in the BlacX, you tried to open one of your programs? It may be worth a try.
I just got a notice from Ebay that AFTER I won the auction and PAID the seller the $300 for that PC, they canceled it without my permission and refunded my money, claiming that it wasn't available anymore. This is the second time something like this has happened, in about 6 months, and I'm getting sick of it. I THINK the seller didn't get any other bids and was planning on selling it for more, so they copped out. I filed a complaint with Ebay and it "dings" their account, according to Ebay. ( slap on the wrist ) But it's getting to where I don't trust that if I buy something on Ebay and get a good deal, that I'll actually get what I paid for. Now I have to regroup and see what to do.
I was looking forward to a new PC.
Disgusted in Denver
But there may be an upside to this. From what you all are saying, if I were to find a refurbed PC like this, with Windows 10 pre-installed, I wouldn't likely have problems like that boot failure?
Then could I easily transfer these rare programs to it ( I still have the install disks and package for AutoCAD 2002, by the way ) and it would be fine?
They do not need your permission to cancel the auction. They are required to return the winning bid money if they are unable to come through. Newegg has been dropping prices on gear for almost 80% off on some. They have 3rd party sellers that use their website, just like Amazon & Best Buy.
Even the OEM's are selling systems that are what you want at the price you are looking to pay.
I do not really think that your old software is going to run on Windows 10, because it no longer contains the dinosaur code of Windows 95, 98, NT4, NT2000. If you want to use those old programs, you may want to use a Hot Swap bay for which OS you want to use.