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I have a Windows 98 SE PC that won’t recognize the other
drives. So I can’t use my CRW. I want to get some files off the old hard drive.
Can I run a USB from the new machine to the old?
Yes, you can. And a few other alternatives are available also.
Some alternatives include:
USB to USB connections, as you’ve thought of (though you’ll need a special cable). Windows
Networking has a good introduction to the topic.
If the machine is really toast, you might install its hard drive in the new
Use a package like LapLink to copy the files. They
often have special cables that will allow you to connect printer ports or
serial ports to each other to transfer files.
If both machines have a network adapter, then use a hub or a reversing cable
and network them together. This previous article: Can I network two
computers with just a cable? covers exactly that.