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Posted on Saturday, September 28, 2002 - 9:24 am:   

Have a old 486 in work and has imoportant biz files and apps on it that are DOS BASED, alot of them are on old WORD PERFECT Dos version, how would I go about transferring them to new Pentium based system, NEW HDD, with WIN 98 without losing or corrupting the files and programs? Will WIN 98 run the DOS based programs? And will the new WORD perfect utility pickup on the old letters and forms? Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted on Saturday, September 28, 2002 - 11:02 am:   

Win98 will run dos based programs. The easiest way to transfer programs will be to remove the old hard drive and put in in the new machine as a slave drive. You will be able to continue to use the dos based programs of the old hard drive right where their at. If you wish to put the old hard drive back where it was, just use drag and drop to transfer all the dos based programs to the new hard drive. The dos based programs should work just fine on the new hard drive. One thing nice about dos programs is that their self contained and do not need to be installed like windows programs do.
Posted on Sunday, September 29, 2002 - 9:29 am:   

OK, that I underdstand, but the HDD is pushing 10+ years, and I know it's gonna crash, making noises) best way to save the data is by a ZIP drive from the old one? I dunno how to do this, yet I want to get a new 20 gig HDD and run every thing off that... Oh yeah, would I work off the copies or can I just trabsfer the data to the new HDD? And what is this PARTITION THING?
Posted on Sunday, September 29, 2002 - 12:13 pm:   

You can do the transfer with a zip drive, but then you have the cost of buying one. Also you have limited storage on the zip disk.
The easiest way is to create a directory on the new hard drive. You could call it old computer or something. Put the old hard drive in as a slave. Transfer all the information over to the new directory. After all has been transfered, just remove the old hard drive from the system. It no longer will be needed. This is the fastest way and maybe the safest. You can checkout all your programs to make sure they work and you did not miss anything before you remove the old hard drive.
A partition is like a wall on your hard drive. It makes the computer think you have two hard drives. In your case for example, you could partition your new hard drive into two sections. One section might be partitioned at 15 gig. This section would have your operating system on it. The second section could be partioned at 5 gig. You could use the 5 gig partition for your dos applications. The computer would see your hard drive as C(15 gig)and D(5 gig). This is just an overview you will need more information to do this.

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