Originally Posted by mrmazda
Your new puter should be up to the task without adding any more built-in options by making use only of its USB ports. . . .
requires availability of two devices to house a HD, while #2
makes do with only one, unless the external device is one of those designed for 2 disks at once. #2
means 320MB of space must be available on one filesystem for the file that needs to be made and copied. . .
What software is required depends on whether you'll be using Windows. . . .
I apologize for the delay in responding to you. There was a lot to digest in your post.
I was confused at first by your referring to my old "513" HD, until I figured out that the 513 came after
the 2160. From what I've read the 2160 will accept most hard drives (I'm assuming it takes the 3.5'). Is it true that the MDR537H--f7 takes a smaller, 2.5' drive?
So my problem will be to copy the drive currently in the 2160 to another while I still can. Seems to me that some sort of external drive bay would be needed if I wanted to do it with my new computer. I could in theory copy the contents onto the internal slave drive I was planning on installing providing that a Western Digital 3.5' drive will be compatible with the 1260 (I happen to have a new, unused WD 98 gig lying around; that's why I was planning on using it. It also happens to have been purchased about 7 years ago, so compatibility should not be an issue).
Once I've recovered what I can and burned it to discs, I will come back and ask for advice on what kind of drive I should put back into the 2160. I've read that a lot of people were able to install much larger drives into that machine, but since you brought up the issue of newer drives maybe not being compatible, I will have to address that question later.
I don't like pulling out internal IDE drives 'cause it can be quite difficult to pull out the ribbon cable connection (Reminder to self: make sure they build the new computer so that I can easily reach the blasted thing.) But that's the only methodology I can come up with my limited level of expertise. Do I have it right or am I going about it all wrong?
Software: I will be getting a dual boot system with both XP and Windows 7.
Right now I'm getting ready to go up to Vermont. Will have to revisit this thread when I get back, which may not be for 2-3 months, so if you don't see me replying to future posts it's because I'm gone. But I thank you for your very detailed response.