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15 May 2007 @ 10:48 pm
They say the ability to use tools is what separates man from the lower animals  

Tried to replace the default case fan for my new PC and only succeeded in ruining the screws. Fuck. Guess I'm gonna have an LED fan after all. Hopefully it won't be too noisy.

I had the idea to pull my existing HD out of my current PC and stick that in, so I could continue to boot Windows off of it with my old data intact. Is this possible? Will Windows shit itself if it finds itself on a system with a different mobo & processor? I'd like to find out BEFORE I try it myself.

Whatever happens, I'm going to back up my data first. BTW, anybody have any suggestions on that front? I was looking at FireWire external drives and they were crazy expensive. USB drives aren'tall that much cheaper, either. Seems like a big waste for something I'd probably only use twice (once to copy all of my data, once to copy that data onto my new machine). I don't have a DVD-R drive, and I have waaaaay too much data (a nearly full 80GB drive; my documents & settings folder contains over 56GB) to just burn a bunch of CDs.
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Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬: self-spritefrustratedpilot on May 16th, 2007 06:14 am (UTC)
Just got the latest Tiger catalog and they list a neat little gizmo called the Tornado. Costs only $60 and you can use it to hook up two compies together via USB ports. Has a built-in drag-&-drop utility for moving files around between the compies.
Dansimon_jester on May 17th, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)
ThinkGeek has a similar product for $20. I bought one a little while back, and it's a bit of a pain to set up. Once you've got the computers talking, though, it works pretty well.

J: mindcontrolstarkruzr on May 16th, 2007 06:32 am (UTC)
Do both machines have Firewire? You can just buy an A-type to A-type cable and use that. Or, you know, an Ethernet crossover cable works just as well.

(Also, Kubuntu ftw.)
gwallagwalla on May 16th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
New mobo doesn't have FireWire. I didn't think I'd need it. *headdesk*

Although...my new laptop has Firewire, and should have plenty of space on its hard drive. I think I'll use that.

I'll be installing Fedora. It's what I'm used to, and it looks like the installer can handle all the soft-RAIDing and volume management fiddly shit I want to do.
mravac_kidmravac_kid on May 16th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
Putting a disk from one computer into another, different one...
Well, there's a chance that it will work without much trouble. But the likely scenario is that it will install the drivers for the new hardware, and leave the old ones lying around which will choke up the system.
A clean reinstall is definitely recommended.
For backup purposes, you can't do without a DVD-R. Though, if you have to back up a whole disk, you'd probably need just that, another disk to store all the stuff.
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gwallagwalla on May 18th, 2007 02:42 am (UTC)
On your advice, I just got an external enclosure for about $30. I'll just put my old PC's drive in that. I won't really need to boot off of it once I copy the data onto my new system.

I was actually eying a 250GB external drive for future backup purposes. It was about $160, which isn't all that much more than the 80GB ones I've seen. I may get one eventually, but not now.