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    Question Getting files off old computer

    Hello,
    This is my first post so I hope I'm doing this right.

    My problem is this:
    I recently bought a new computer and I want to get some files off my old one before getting rid of it. It has a CD-writer that I added on previously, however, the software for it had been deleted. So I loaded the software but now the computer now completely locks up immediately upon booting up. (It also comes up with a white background instead of my usual background, if that's relevant.)
    The task manager shows "Explorer not responding" so I assumed the CD-writer software was the culprit and uninstalled it in Safe Mode. That has not solved the problem, though. (Although, interestingly, the computer works great in safe mode, faster that ever and the pesky constant Cimom error message I had been getting doesn't happen.)

    So my question is -- how can I get my files off this computer while in safe mode? (I tried a USB Flash Drive stick but as I suspected it didn't work in safe mode. I have also already disconnected the DSL line from this computer.)
    Or -- is there a simple way to try and fix the Explorer problem? I'd rather not put too much time into fixing it since I'm just getting rid of it.

    Thanks for reading this far, Kara

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    Why not just pull the hard drive out of your old computer, pop it in the new computer and copy the files you want over to the new hard drive (or even leave the old hard drive in your new computer as well).

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    yeh what killie says would be best for you, faster than running a windows repair.

    or go in safe mode, open the run command and type msconfig

    select diagnostic startup from the menu and save > reboot

    that should let you get back into windows so long as the none microsoft services are stopped in msconfig.

    is the old pc windows XP ? if so it has its own burning software if you right click the files and send to cd/rw?

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    I agree with killie99 or you could buy an external icybox case for it and have it plugged in via USB in your new PC if you want it removable.

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    Follow-up

    Thank you all for the quick responses. I like that idea, but I didn't mention that my new computer is a laptop. Does that change things? I like the USB connection idea. Thanks also for writing in plain English that I can understand!
    --Kara

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    I think the icybox route is probably the best way to go then, something like this should do the trick:
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ..._s_icmp=hdeban

    I think you will need a 3.5" IDE to USB one depending on how old your old PC is.

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