cloning software, data from a HP xw4600 workstation(running Windowsvista 32 bit) to HP z200 workstat


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t

The HP xw4600 has lot of programs(like Matlab, Labview, Borland
Compiler) on it and there are no installation disks for those programs.
So, the entire contents(data, application program like Matlab, Labview,
Borland Compiler) need to be copied from it to the HP z200
workstation(running Windows 7 64 bit). The total used capacity on the HP
XW4600 is 75GB and the HP z200 has a hard disk of 500GB

1. Is there some data cable which will allow a quick copy from the
hard drive of XW4600 to z200? The user thinks using a data cable the
data, program files can be copied in 20 minutes. I know hard disk to
hard disk transfer using a cable copies data(not application programs),
but one disk needs to be set as slave and other as master. Is there some
other way where using a cable a quick copy(of data, programs) can be
done? If so, which data cable is used for it and how is it done?

2. If the software route is chosen for cloning, do I need to make a
partition in the z200, then make an image of xw4600 to an external hard
drive using some tool like DriveImage XML V2.30
http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm
then copy the image from external hard drive to the partition on z200,
where the image can be extracted using DriveImage to get a replica of
the xw4600 contents on the z200? Or, did I miss something?

3. Are there any other free cloning software I should consider besides
the ones at
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-drive-imaging-program.htm#Quick_Selection_Guide
since the two computers have different operating systems, different
models? It is OK if the z200 needs to be wiped during the process since
it contains no data or programs.
 
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Paul

t said:
The HP xw4600 has lot of programs(like Matlab, Labview, Borland
Compiler) on it and there are no installation disks for those programs.
So, the entire contents(data, application program like Matlab, Labview,
Borland Compiler) need to be copied from it to the HP z200
workstation(running Windows 7 64 bit). The total used capacity on the HP
XW4600 is 75GB and the HP z200 has a hard disk of 500GB

1. Is there some data cable which will allow a quick copy from the hard
drive of XW4600 to z200? The user thinks using a data cable the data,
program files can be copied in 20 minutes. I know hard disk to hard disk
transfer using a cable copies data(not application programs), but one
disk needs to be set as slave and other as master. Is there some other
way where using a cable a quick copy(of data, programs) can be done? If
so, which data cable is used for it and how is it done?

2. If the software route is chosen for cloning, do I need to make a
partition in the z200, then make an image of xw4600 to an external hard
drive using some tool like DriveImage XML V2.30
http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm
then copy the image from external hard drive to the partition on z200,
where the image can be extracted using DriveImage to get a replica of
the xw4600 contents on the z200? Or, did I miss something?

3. Are there any other free cloning software I should consider besides
the ones at
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-drive-imaging-program.htm#Quick_Selection_Guide

since the two computers have different operating systems, different
models? It is OK if the z200 needs to be wiped during the process since
it contains no data or programs.

Why alt.comp.hardware ?

This isn't a hardware question.

I recommend finding the install discs for Matlab, Labview, Borland Compiler.
And the license key information. You're going to need them.

Copying disks is trivial. Copying programs is not trivial. Commercial
programs especially, are not going to appreciate being trivially copied.
Otherwise, if I was a big company with 10,000 computers, I could buy
one copy of Matlab and just copy it over to the other 9,999 machines.
Don't you think they're going to try to find some way to stop that ?
These aren't "Linux Freebee" programs...

Paul
 
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VanguardLH

Paul said:
I recommend finding the install discs for Matlab, Labview, Borland
Compiler. And the license key information. You're going to need them.

Copying disks is trivial. Copying programs is not trivial. Commercial
programs especially, are not going to appreciate being trivially cop

Besides just the files, the registry entries for these programs will be
needed.
 
T

t

Why alt.comp.hardware ?

This isn't a hardware question.

Since it involved making a clone of a hard disk from one computer model
to another, I thought if someone can offer some suggestions it would be
helpful. I posted in 24hoursupport.helpdesk, but that newsgroup seems
overwhelmed so my post did not appear.

I recommend finding the install discs for Matlab, Labview, Borland
Compiler.
And the license key information. You're going to need them.

The user got them few years back and does not even remember where they
are. He remembers, his neighbor using some data cable copied all his
contents(data, programs) from old to new hard drive within few minutes.
He did not need the install discs and they worked fine on his new hard
drive.
Copying disks is trivial. Copying programs is not trivial.

Yes, to some extent, but you may be knowing of drive imaging where you
can make a image of your current machine state, then load the image to
other computers so that you don't have to install the OS, programs and
other configurations. In lot of places, 1 image is created, then
deployed on 999 computers. Naturally, they get software program licenses
for the 1000 computers.
 
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Paul

t said:
Since it involved making a clone of a hard disk from one computer model
to another, I thought if someone can offer some suggestions it would be
helpful. I posted in 24hoursupport.helpdesk, but that newsgroup seems
overwhelmed so my post did not appear.



The user got them few years back and does not even remember where they
are. He remembers, his neighbor using some data cable copied all his
contents(data, programs) from old to new hard drive within few minutes.
He did not need the install discs and they worked fine on his new hard
drive.


Yes, to some extent, but you may be knowing of drive imaging where you
can make a image of your current machine state, then load the image to
other computers so that you don't have to install the OS, programs and
other configurations. In lot of places, 1 image is created, then
deployed on 999 computers. Naturally, they get software program licenses
for the 1000 computers.

Let's take as an example, Windows licensing.

http://aumha.org/win5/a/wpa.htm

Notice how Windows keeps track of the hardware it's running on.
It knows, if you plug the disk into another computer, and try to
boot from it.

*******

You can clone disks with things like Macrium Reflect Free. Or, you can
go to wdc.com or seagate.com, and get their cloning software. The cloning
software works, as long as you have at least one Western Digital or
Seagate branded disk, respectively. (There are other disk brands,
but since WD and Seagate started buying up companies, there aren't
that many options left.)

Or, you can boot a Linux LiveCD, use GParted or even do a sector by sector
copy with "dd"

sudo dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb

In that example, the target disk (sdb) would be the same size or bigger,
than the source disk (sda). I copy disks like that, all the time. If
the partitions need to be resized later, that's what a free partition
manager is for.

Just plop the two disks in the same computer, and copy one disk
to the other. No need for a "transfer cable". Open the side of
the machine, pop in the foreign disk, go to work...

That part is simple.

Moving expensive programs around, expect trouble.

(Or, spend your days downloading hacked copies off the Internet.
I'm sure your boss at work would be impressed by that.)

Paul
 
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t said:
Since it involved making a clone of a hard disk from one computer
model to another, I thought if someone can offer some suggestions it
would be helpful. I posted in 24hoursupport.helpdesk, but that
newsgroup seems overwhelmed so my post did not appear.
google "clonezilla" and check it out.
if you dont like that, find a copy of norton ghost.

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t said:
The HP xw4600 has lot of programs(like Matlab, Labview, Borland
Compiler) on it and there are no installation disks for those programs.
So, the entire contents(data, application program like Matlab, Labview,
Borland Compiler) need to be copied from it to the HP z200
workstation(running Windows 7 64 bit). The total used capacity on the HP
XW4600 is 75GB and the HP z200 has a hard disk of 500GB

1. Is there some data cable which will allow a quick copy from the
hard drive of XW4600 to z200? The user thinks using a data cable the
data, program files can be copied in 20 minutes. I know hard disk to
hard disk transfer using a cable copies data(not application programs),
but one disk needs to be set as slave and other as master. Is there some
other way where using a cable a quick copy(of data, programs) can be
done? If so, which data cable is used for it and how is it done?

2. If the software route is chosen for cloning, do I need to make a
partition in the z200, then make an image of xw4600 to an external hard
drive using some tool like DriveImage XML V2.30
http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm
then copy the image from external hard drive to the partition on z200,
where the image can be extracted using DriveImage to get a replica of
the xw4600 contents on the z200? Or, did I miss something?

3. Are there any other free cloning software I should consider besides
the ones at
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-drive-imaging- program.htm#Quick_Selection_Guide
since the two computers have different operating systems, different
models? It is OK if the z200 needs to be wiped during the process since
it contains no data or programs.

the first question i would ask what OS is the HP xw4600 running you did not
say if it was xp, vista or win7
 
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Whiskers

The HP xw4600 has lot of programs(like Matlab, Labview, Borland
Compiler) on it and there are no installation disks for those programs.
So, the entire contents(data, application program like Matlab, Labview,
Borland Compiler) need to be copied from it to the HP z200
workstation(running Windows 7 64 bit). The total used capacity on the HP
XW4600 is 75GB and the HP z200 has a hard disk of 500GB

[...]

I recommend you get in touch with each of the software companies
involved and ask them for advice.

The license number is probably stored somewhere within each program,
and it should be possible to find it. Clicking on Help - About in each
program may do it.
 
J

John Holmes

t "contributed" in 24hoursupport.helpdesk:
Since it involved making a clone of a hard disk from one computer
model to another, I thought if someone can offer some suggestions it
would be helpful. I posted in 24hoursupport.helpdesk, but that
newsgroup seems overwhelmed so my post did not appear.



The user got them few years back and does not even remember where they
are. He remembers, his neighbor using some data cable copied all his
contents(data, programs) from old to new hard drive within few
minutes. He did not need the install discs and they worked fine on his
new hard drive.


Yes, to some extent, but you may be knowing of drive imaging where you
can make a image of your current machine state, then load the image to
other computers so that you don't have to install the OS, programs and
other configurations. In lot of places, 1 image is created, then
deployed on 999 computers. Naturally, they get software program
licenses for the 1000 computers.

True, but then they build an installation (say, XP with Office and other
software), run sysprep (MS-tool) on the installation to get rid of
drivers and things, then make an image. This image can be deployed on
other machines with different hardware.

You could do that as well, then upgrade the installation to Windows 7.
Since you're new to these excercises, it might not work the first time
you do it, so be sure to have backups of everything.
 
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Paul

Whiskers said:
The HP xw4600 has lot of programs(like Matlab, Labview, Borland
Compiler) on it and there are no installation disks for those programs.
So, the entire contents(data, application program like Matlab, Labview,
Borland Compiler) need to be copied from it to the HP z200
workstation(running Windows 7 64 bit). The total used capacity on the HP
XW4600 is 75GB and the HP z200 has a hard disk of 500GB

[...]

I recommend you get in touch with each of the software companies
involved and ask them for advice.

The license number is probably stored somewhere within each program,
and it should be possible to find it. Clicking on Help - About in each
program may do it.

You could try Belarc Advisor too.

http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

Paul
 
T

t

Let's take as an example, Windows licensing.

http://aumha.org/win5/a/wpa.htm

Notice how Windows keeps track of the hardware it's running on.
It knows, if you plug the disk into another computer, and try to
boot from it.

*******

You can clone disks with things like Macrium Reflect Free. Or, you can
go to wdc.com or seagate.com, and get their cloning software. The cloning
software works, as long as you have at least one Western Digital or
Seagate branded disk, respectively. (There are other disk brands,
but since WD and Seagate started buying up companies, there aren't
that many options left.)

Or, you can boot a Linux LiveCD, use GParted or even do a sector by sector
copy with "dd"

sudo dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb

In that example, the target disk (sdb) would be the same size or bigger,
than the source disk (sda). I copy disks like that, all the time. If
the partitions need to be resized later, that's what a free partition
manager is for.

Just plop the two disks in the same computer, and copy one disk
to the other. No need for a "transfer cable". Open the side of
the machine, pop in the foreign disk, go to work...

Thanks

Moving expensive programs around, expect trouble.

Not exactly. There are ways you can make an image of your current
machine state. Say, your hard disk crashes after 2 months, you can get
another one and restore the image(which will have all programs you had
on your old drive). Yes, licensing issues exist, but as long as you have
a reasonable cause(like old hard drive failed), they can be resolved.
The idea is to get the things(data, programs) moved from old computer to
new one with minimum work. Cloning saves the work of reinstalling all
programs.
(Or, spend your days downloading hacked copies off the Internet.
I'm sure your boss at work would be impressed by that.)

Don't know what prompted that comment.
 
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t

t "contributed" in 24hoursupport.helpdesk:


True, but then they build an installation (say, XP with Office and other
software), run sysprep (MS-tool) on the installation to get rid of
drivers and things, then make an image. This image can be deployed on
other machines with different hardware.

Thanks, this is useful as this is what I need to do.
You could do that as well, then upgrade the installation to Windows 7.
Since you're new to these excercises, it might not work the first time
you do it, so be sure to have backups of everything.

Yes, I will backup the old drive before doing anything.
 
T

t

The HP xw4600 has lot of programs(like Matlab, Labview, Borland
Compiler) on it and there are no installation disks for those programs.
So, the entire contents(data, application program like Matlab, Labview,
Borland Compiler) need to be copied from it to the HP z200
workstation(running Windows 7 64 bit). The total used capacity on the HP
XW4600 is 75GB and the HP z200 has a hard disk of 500GB

[...]

I recommend you get in touch with each of the software companies
involved and ask them for advice.

The license number is probably stored somewhere within each program,
and it should be possible to find it. Clicking on Help - About in each
program may do it.
Thanks, yes this is something which can be done.
 
T

t

Whiskers said:
The HP xw4600 has lot of programs(like Matlab, Labview, Borland
Compiler) on it and there are no installation disks for those
programs. So, the entire contents(data, application program like
Matlab, Labview, Borland Compiler) need to be copied from it to the
HP z200 workstation(running Windows 7 64 bit). The total used
capacity on the HP XW4600 is 75GB and the HP z200 has a hard disk of
500GB

[...]

I recommend you get in touch with each of the software companies
involved and ask them for advice.

The license number is probably stored somewhere within each program,
and it should be possible to find it. Clicking on Help - About in
each program may do it.

You could try Belarc Advisor too.

http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

Paul

Thanks, I appreciate your advice and time.
 
J

John Holmes

t "contributed" in 24hoursupport.helpdesk:
Thanks, this is useful as this is what I need to do.


Yes, I will backup the old drive before doing anything.

First things first: I wouldn't say it's impossible, but copying installed
applications to another system running another OS requires lots of
knowledge about both systems and their registries. You'll have to know
how to export/import the appropiate registry keys/values etc., so don't
go that way.

Start with a fresh system and read, learn and understand the sysprep
tool:

http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/deploying-vista-
part5.html is an example.

Once you fully understand how it works, you can make an image of a
working Vista installation, load the image on the new computer, install
the required drivers, then upgrade the installation to Win7. It's always
a challenge to upgrade to a new OS, but, in your case, it's a good path
to walk.

While this looks like a nice scenario, for individuals, the best way
always is to perform a fresh install and re-install the additional
software manually.

HTH
 
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t

t "contributed" in 24hoursupport.helpdesk:


First things first: I wouldn't say it's impossible, but copying installed
applications to another system running another OS requires lots of
knowledge about both systems and their registries. You'll have to know
how to export/import the appropiate registry keys/values etc., so don't
go that way.

Start with a fresh system and read, learn and understand the sysprep
tool:

http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/deploying-vista-
part5.html is an example.

Once you fully understand how it works, you can make an image of a
working Vista installation, load the image on the new computer, install
the required drivers, then upgrade the installation to Win7. It's always
a challenge to upgrade to a new OS, but, in your case, it's a good path
to walk.

While this looks like a nice scenario, for individuals, the best way
always is to perform a fresh install and re-install the additional
software manually.

HTH

Yes, thanks a lot.

I hear using some other cable to link the computer like firewire or a
specially designed USB cable requiring special software a transfer of
all files(data, programs) can be done as the software included with most
of these, tries to move all the random scatter files a piece of software
needs and copy registry values.

Can anyone advise on using this option?

Also, the user does not have a Windows 7 64 bit, but Windows 7 32 bit.
He did not know it earlier.
 
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Paul

t said:
Yes, thanks a lot.

I hear using some other cable to link the computer like firewire or a
specially designed USB cable requiring special software a transfer of
all files(data, programs) can be done as the software included with most
of these, tries to move all the random scatter files a piece of software
needs and copy registry values.

Can anyone advise on using this option?

Also, the user does not have a Windows 7 64 bit, but Windows 7 32 bit.
He did not know it earlier.

A data transfer cable, is for those situations when you've run out
of other kinds of interfaces to use.

For example, I've transferred files over a serial (RS232) cable, when other
methods weren't available. (Around 20 years ago perhaps). It's a good
thing files were tiny back then...

You can buy USB2 transfer cables (it's a cable with an integrated circuit
"blob" in the middle of the cable). Those can be operated with things like
Laplink software, or can be operated with their own (chip maker) software.
Note that, there are also "repeater" cables, with different connectors
on each end of the cable. The "Easy Transfer" cable, has *identical*
connectors on each end. That's the kind you want, to connect two computers
together. The Easy Transfer cable has a ping-pong (mail box)
type chip in the center, as that's the only way to connect two hosts
together. Normally, USB is a host to peripheral protocol, and it would
not allow an ordinary USB cable to connect two computers. (As the computer
normally has "host" ports on it.)

"Belkin F5U279 Easy Transfer Cable for Windows 7"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812107573

(Example of a chip used to build the blob, on an Easy Transfer cable)
http://www.prolific.com.tw/US/ShowProduct.aspx?p_id=34&pcid=43

But if you wanted to transfer random files from one machine to another,
can't you do that with Windows file sharing over Ethernet ? Enable file sharing
on one machine, then connect to it from the second machine. Rather
than Homegroup, you might want to use Workgroup, and set the two machines
to the same workgroup value. (Which on my home machine here, is "WORKGROUP").

*******

If instead, you were to purchase a USB external hard drive, that can be
used to copy files from one machine to another. That doesn't require
opening up the machine. You plug the USB drive into one machine, use
whatever method you want to put data on it, then do a "Safely Remove"
from the task bar, then unplug the drive and plug it into the other
computer. And start the transfer in the other direction, back into
that machine. That should offer more possibilities for transfer, than
a transfer cable can offer. You can even clone entire partitions
onto the external drive.

This also can be reused later, for backup copying. So you have
some protection against disasters. Using an external USB drive,
means it can be unplugged and stored in a safe location, between
usages. In Windows 7, you could make a System Image to one of these,
which makes restoration easy.

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 1.5TB USB 2.0 External STAC1500100 $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148886

If there is squabbling when the USB disk is plugged into the second
machine, and you can't transfer files, the search term to use is
"Take Ownership".

(Context menu addition)
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1911-take-ownership-shortcut.html

(Manually from command prompt)
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/67717-take-ownership-file.html

Paul
 
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R. Giggs.

t said:
The HP xw4600 has lot of programs(like Matlab, Labview, Borland Compiler)
on it and there are no installation disks for those programs. So, the
entire contents(data, application program like Matlab, Labview, Borland
Compiler) need to be copied from it to the HP z200 workstation(running
Windows 7 64 bit). The total used capacity on the HP XW4600 is 75GB and
the HP z200 has a hard disk of 500GB

1. Is there some data cable which will allow a quick copy from the hard
drive of XW4600 to z200? The user thinks using a data cable the data,
program files can be copied in 20 minutes. I know hard disk to hard disk
transfer using a cable copies data(not application programs), but one disk
needs to be set as slave and other as master. Is there some other way
where using a cable a quick copy(of data, programs) can be done? If so,
which data cable is used for it and how is it done?

2. If the software route is chosen for cloning, do I need to make a
partition in the z200, then make an image of xw4600 to an external hard
drive using some tool like DriveImage XML V2.30
http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm
then copy the image from external hard drive to the partition on z200,
where the image can be extracted using DriveImage to get a replica of the
xw4600 contents on the z200? Or, did I miss something?

3. Are there any other free cloning software I should consider besides
the ones at
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-drive-imaging-program.htm#Quick_Selection_Guide
since the two computers have different operating systems, different
models? It is OK if the z200 needs to be wiped during the process since it
contains no data or programs.

If it were me I.. well when it was me I mounted the old drive in my new
machine as a slave drive
then just copied and pasted the lot across into a folder, so I had all my
'old stuff' at hand.
But then I was only copying 4gig onto a 80 gig drive. But then all my
software was basically free stuff
and it ran quite haply from it's new location.
I could of course had simply download the newer slower and more bloated
version!!

Oh yes and I also connected the two machines together via an ethernet cable,
or rather an
ethernet crossover cable. I had to buy an ethernet card to do that though
but they were very cheap so
I bought 3 or 4 lol. (no ethernet on my old machine).
Ethernet cards are quite useful in some cased because you can get a new IP
from your ISP
(mine liked to give yuo the same every time) however when you connect to a
different
ethernet card it thinks it is a different compuiter so it gives you a new
IP. It would save the old
IP address for a week and then release it to someone else provided you
didn't plug it back into
the original ethernet card. Was useful for getting around petty site bans.

Anyway back on topic, so I coudl connect the two machines together via that
cable than I had
to set up a local network which you can do via network stuff in the control
panel (took me
a while to figure it out).

So........then if you did that you coudl run stuff from the old machine on
your new machine,
so basically it would run on your new machine and perhaps use the regristry
there (not 100% sure)
what happens to tell the truth. But it was basically likle the old machine
was on your your new one.

I think that would probably be faster than a USB connection (again unsure).

But basically I would try the copy first and see what worked or didn't.

I don't think that is any inferior to a partition really, less hassle to try
anyway.

You and also connect then via a router if you have one, I have a router now
but I only
have one PC on it, I am sure if I had two I could conenct then in as similar
fashion.

But first thing I would do is put the old drive on the new machine as a
slave drive, you might
have to change some jumpers setting, but if it is cable select you don't
even have to do that.

I cloned a disk recently using Macrium Reflect Free which Paul recommended,
it worked a treat!!

Also each program will probaly only use a few folder, often they run from
the one they were installed in
in program files, and maybe have some stuff in application data. There is
also the problem of regrestry stuff
if there is any. You could search on the program name and copy across any
matching stuff (folders and data).
Ther only problem is there is security stuff designed to prevernt such
hacking.

But it is usually pretty each to whip out a drive and mount it as slave.


Anyway I just thought I would throw that in, that is the sort of stuff I
would try anyway, I mean basically therse
programs do not know where they are on the drive and just look in their own
folder for stuff and perhaps
have one other folder knocking about somewhere, usually application data or
sometime the root directory.

Anyhow as I say I just thought I would throw my tuppence hap'worth in!!
Coudl justtry it and see what happens, error messages might give you clues
on how to sort stuff
out, basically it wil say it can't find something and usually what it can't
find, then just put it stuff into the appropiate place.
 
T

t

A data transfer cable, is for those situations when you've run out
of other kinds of interfaces to use.

For example, I've transferred files over a serial (RS232) cable, when other
methods weren't available. (Around 20 years ago perhaps). It's a good
thing files were tiny back then...

You can buy USB2 transfer cables (it's a cable with an integrated circuit
"blob" in the middle of the cable). Those can be operated with things like
Laplink software, or can be operated with their own (chip maker) software.
Note that, there are also "repeater" cables, with different connectors
on each end of the cable. The "Easy Transfer" cable, has *identical*
connectors on each end. That's the kind you want, to connect two computers
together. The Easy Transfer cable has a ping-pong (mail box)
type chip in the center, as that's the only way to connect two hosts
together. Normally, USB is a host to peripheral protocol, and it would
not allow an ordinary USB cable to connect two computers. (As the computer
normally has "host" ports on it.)

"Belkin F5U279 Easy Transfer Cable for Windows 7"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812107573

(Example of a chip used to build the blob, on an Easy Transfer cable)
http://www.prolific.com.tw/US/ShowProduct.aspx?p_id=34&pcid=43

But if you wanted to transfer random files from one machine to another,
can't you do that with Windows file sharing over Ethernet ? Enable file
sharing
on one machine, then connect to it from the second machine.

I wanted to know about USB(or some other protocol) cables using which
you can move data AND the programs(Labview, Matlab) from the old
computer to the new computer. Does the Belkin cable you have mentioned
do that?
This also can be reused later, for backup copying.

Thanks, the user already has that and uses it for backups. Copying his
data to new computer is not an issue.

Copying the application programs(like Labview, Matlab) is the main task.
The user found out that his z200 is running Windows 7 32 bit and he is
OK, if the z200 OS needs to be wiped and replaced with a Vista 32 bit so
that his application programs(Labview, Pspice, Matlab) can be used on
the z200.

I appreciate your advice and time.
 
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I cloned a disk recently using Macrium Reflect Free which Paul recommended,
it worked a treat!!

Thanks, so did all the data AND programs function well when your cloned
image was loaded to another computer? If so, I can try that.
Anyway I just thought I would throw that in, that is the sort of stuff I
would try anyway, I mean basically therse
programs do not know where they are on the drive and just look in their own
folder for stuff and perhaps
have one other folder knocking about somewhere, usually application data or
sometime the root directory.

Yes, getting the programs to work properly can be tedious.

I appreciate your suggestions.
 

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