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Old 08-16-2013, 11:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a couple of dead laptops at home. One is running Win98 and the other is running either XP or Vista. My current PC is running Win7. I was looking at something like this.

Siig® JU-SA0D12-S1 Hi-Speed USB 2.0/eSATA Enclosure For 2 1/2" Hard Disks | Staples®

When I plug it in will I be able to just look at the files in windows explorer to transfer the ones I want?
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Old 08-16-2013, 12:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes, you should be able to just pull up the files in Explorer and copy them over.

You may need to take ownership of certain directories (depending on the directory you're trying to access), though too. Usually it prompts you to ask for permission and then it scans the directory again.
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Old 09-16-2013, 02:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'd recommend using Dropbox to keep all of your files synced between computers so you don't have to worry about copying them.
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Some sort of cloud storage would be probably the easiest way to transfer files, but I dont like using google cloud or Dropbox. Once you upload contenet to them think about it they can see all that you upload. I have nothing to hide but still i would prefer a personal cloud. If you do have an old PC lying around you should look into ownCloud.org | Your Cloud, Your Data, Your Way!It makes your own cloud server! Its a really nice application to help you out, but if you want an easier setup then what else you could do is just use a flash drive to transfer them.
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If the laptop that has Win 98 on it, shipped with Win 98 originally, then it certainly won't contain a SATA hard drive so the enclosure probably won't work for that drive. You should get something like this: Coolmax® Drive Dock 3-in-1 Adapter With USB3.0, Black, (15433) | Staples® that will allow you to connect either SATA or IDE drives.
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