Moving from one computer to another

I bit the bullet today and have begun the process of transferring material from my old computer to the new one. This involves PCMover (from Laplink), and about 8 hours. It’s quite scary in a way, but I’m just taking it one gigabyte at a time.

Once the material is transferred, then I’ll have to move the Audigy sound card and console from the old to the new computer, take the SATA drive out of the old computer and put it into the new one, and transfer a USB/Firewire add-in card from one to the other. Then rationalise all the licenses and the like, and set up the other computer in the kitchen for HWMBO. Quite a lot to do.

I put the iMac upstairs in the spare room, and will probably put the Sun SPARC up there too. I’ll have to get an ethernet bridge for those. We will have a truly wired house then.

Until the main computers are back up again, I’m using one of the laptops in the kitchen, with the old DELL screen attached to it.

7 Responses to “Moving from one computer to another”

  1. spwebdesign says:

    Yes, quite scary. And in answer to your earlier question, yes, but the idea of moving the hard drive to another computer scares me. First I want to see if I can get the old laptop powered up and transfer from that. If not…

  2. chrishansenhome says:

    The hard drive is really the laptop. And as long as the hard drive is intact, the laptop is intact. So it shouldn’t be too scary.

  3. trawnapanda says:

    this is going to sound naive, but what do you do with that many computers? do you do different things with them? or are they now like multiple extensions of a phone line? what do you do with many that you couldn’t do with one (or two, one per person)?

    I really don’t have any idea what the answer to this is, it’s a genuine question.

  4. chrishansenhome says:

    Who needs an excuse to have many computers? Remember, there are two people in the house, so when HWMBO wants to use a decent computer he has had to use the computer in the study, which is where I spend most of my time. When I did my ISEB courses out of town, I needed a decent laptop; when the one that I bought wasn’t working well with projectors, I got another one. I fell into the iMac, and it has proved to be interesting to use. I originally got it as HWMBO’s computer, but he doesn’t want to adjust to using the Mac. I also had an opportunity to get a Sun SPARC station, and those are always good things to have.

    I should sell one of the laptops, I guess. But there is a license for Office on there that I would have to transfer to the laptop I use away from home, and that’s a real pain and a half.

  5. trawnapanda says:

    Who needs an excuse to have many computers? Remember, there are two people in the house

    which means you need two computers.

    it reads like someone who collects cars – only one of which one actually needs (can use) at a time.

    the answer is, of course, that you want to own them. but it is a little puzzling to someone who manages just fine using one at home (and the desktop at work owned by my employer), and no car at all.

  6. chrishansenhome says:

    You have lots of plants at home. Wouldn’t just one do? We only have two and find them more than enough. (That’s one plant for each of us.)

    “I have answered three questions, and that is enough,”
    Said his father. “Don’t give yourself airs!
    Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff?
    Be off, or I’ll kick you down stairs.”

  7. trawnapanda says:

    I didn’t actually ask ANY questions in my post of 22 January, just making a comment. neither did I assert that you’d been balancing an eel on the end of your nose.

    do have fun with your multiple computers, m’dear old man. white hair, standing on your head and back-somersaults and all.