September 16, 2005
Dear CNET members,
Happy Friday, everyone! While I love the Q&A section of this newsletter, I can imagine how difficult it is sometimes to submit an answer not knowing more details than those presented in the question. So I really appreciate those of you who go the extra mile to submit answers that cover many different scenarios or possibilities rather than just assuming one solution will do. Ken, you are among some really knowledgeable members here, so I present to you not one, but two winning answers this week, by Charlie and Rick, who both did an awesome job of explaining in detail how to move your old hard drive to your new machine. But that's not all; we also have an abundance of very nicely written honorable mentions and other recommendations from our members. I hope with all this knowledge, you will figure out a solution in no time. Members, if you have anything to add to this week's topic that wasn't covered by our members this week or have any additional tips for Ken and others, please join us in this week's discussion. Thank you for your participation!
Member Question of the Week
Hi, I have purchased a new computer. I would like to remove
the hard drive from the old system and install it into my new
computer. What steps do I need to complete before, during, and
after installation? The new system runs XP Professional and
the old system runs 2000 Professional. Detailed instructions
would be appreciated. Thank you!
Answer by Charlie:
Transferring your old hard drive to your new computer is a really good idea, for a number of reasons. First, it makes certain that none of your confidential data--credit card numbers, passwords--winds up in a garage sale, and eventually in the hands of a hacker. Secondly ...
Answer by Rick:
Well, first off, I have to ask why you want to transfer the hard drive over. Are you after the data on it, or do you simply want the additional hard drive space? If it's the data, it would be much easier to network the two systems and ...
Charlie and Rick's
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Yes! I get to build my own computer but need advice
Best regards and enjoy!
Member harobikes333 got the OK from his parents to build his first computer and has posted his limited budget and the tasks he would like his computer to perform. He's a bit overwhelmed by all the hardware components and such to get started. And he's looking to us for some suggestions and advice on his build. Got some suggestions for him? Please chime in, and let's help him out.
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I wish to know what the program SvcHost.exe wants to do if I give it permission to access the Internet. My firewall tells me that SvcHost.exe wants to access the Internet. This is not related to my specific request for anything, and my inclination is to say no. But I am not certain that is the right thing to do. I have searched the Internet for SvcHost and SvcHost.exe and get lots of hits. The Microsoft knowledge base explains SvcHost, but doesn't convince me I want to let it have access to the Internet. But it also suggests I might be wrong (note: W32Time, Dnscache…). I could tell the firewall to never let SvcHost.exe have Internet access or I could tell it to always let SvcHost.exe have Internet access. But I don't understand enough to know which would be best. Please help me out with this sticky security issue.
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