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  • Moving Data and Programs to a new PC
    GBs The humble 3 5 will be woefully inadequate for them and relying on it to transfer the data could keep a user busy long enough for Microsoft to release a bug free operating system DCC If you have large volumes of data to transfer over there is no substitute for a fast data connection and the Direct Cable Connection DCC is no substitute for a fast data connection At speeds only marginally faster than a floppy drive it s included here only for purposes of completeness A DCC can use either a serial or parallel port and an appropriate null modem cable to connect to a similar port on the other PC A DCC gives anywhere from about 10 kbps to about 80 kbps depending on whether it s a serial or parallel connection 80 kbps is roughly the speed of an inebriated snail Newer ECP parallel ports with the right cables could give five times that speed but even that is painfully slow Then there is the USB DCC connection which goes faster than a serial or parallel connection and provides up to 500 kbps despite USB 2 0 s claim to fame being 240 Mbits sec That s over two days to copy a 100 GB disk But 500 kbps is a far cry from the floppy drive So why isn t DCC as popular as free beer Maybe it s the reputation it has for being a prima donna DCC has a long list of demands For starters both PCs need to have USB ports a network needs to already exist on the target PC the source PC needs Windows 95 OSR 2 5 or later the whole operation does require a special cable like a NET LinQ sic normal USB cables won t work and getting a DCC working via USB requires a fair amount of skill and patience Though DCC obviates the need for network cards in both machines it does involve all the configuring pallava of a network without the network speed advantages DCC as a technology is as old as the floppy if not older but unlike the floppy it hasn t held it s popularity and is hardly ever seen as a credible alternate to a Local Area Network LAN CDReWriters and DVD ReWriters After a little fiddling around discovering that CDRWs don t need drivers installed but do need a writing package like Nero instead wasting time burning a few coasters learning about buffer under runs and tearing out some hair most users eventually get to grips with their CD or DVD Writers These make for reasonably good options to move data over However being more recent innovations these writeable optical drives are more likely to be in the new machine than the old That of course is as good as a chocolate teapot because the new PC is not where the data needs to be copied from For the optical drive to be of any use it will need

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  • Methods of Data Transfer between PCs
    read an NTFS one A FAT32 partition can be converted to an NTFS partition without loss of data or programs So if Windows XP was installed on a FAT32 partition in the new PC it can be converted to NTFS to read an older NTFS hard disk But once converted to NTFS the partition can t be converted back to FAT SATA SATA is a newer technology and older PCs are unlikely to have SATA disks However PCs with SATA hard disks will also have IDE connectors and an old IDE hard disk should feel perfectly at home in a new PC When working the other way and plugging a SATA hard disk into a PC that has only IDE disk s appropriate SATA drivers for that motherboard may need to be installed on the IDE disk so it can recognise the SATA drive SCSI SCSI drives can t be used in a new PC unless the PC has a SCSI controller If it is a server grade machine it may have a SCSI controller on the motherboard and if it s not then a PCI SCSI controller salvaged from the old PC may do the trick Note that really old SCSI controllers are ISA and won t fit in new PCs which tend to not have any ISA slots A note about RAID If either the old PC or the new one uses RAID a little familiarity with how RAID works will go a long way You could damage a RAID array and lose all your data with a few less than judicious key strokes in the setup menu as we ve described in an earlier article LAN A LAN is often the number one choice for copying data over To create a LAN both source and target PCs need to have network cards and operating systems Unless the network is a wireless LAN the right type of network cable would also be required to connect the PCs directly to each other Most modern PCs have a network facility integrated into the motherboard or added on via a PCI card And almost any old network card in the source PC will suffice Should the source PC not have one it s well worth the 10 that basic network cards cost Customers often ask if Windows XP or some other new version of Windows can actually be configured in a network with PCs running older operating systems The goods news is that yes it can It s possible to have a 7 PC network with a mix of Windows 95 98 98SE ME NT 2000 and XP Using a LAN is fast but LANs also present other benefits LANs are easier to setup than DCCs and in some cases even easier than hard disk swaps A wired LAN with a 10 100 network card at each end designed to provide 100 MB per second may give you less than 50 mbps but it s still faster than anything else except

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  • Data Migration, Data Migration Software, Data Transfer Programs
    requires a USB or parallel DCC connection cables provided and it s a use once and throw away product Intellimover This transfers data and settings and offers you the choice of selecting what gets transferred over and what doesn t It comes with support for DCC connections and LANs StepUp Migrates both data and applications it s Shareware so very affordable but doesn t seem to support Windows 2003 Supports a variety of connectivity from DCC to LAN PC Relocator Transfers applications Windows and internet settings and data but it s a bit pricey and desgined more for engineers who are responsible for a lot of migration rather than the one off user VCOM don t seem to do their PC Commander anymore which leaves no other known software for this task except for options like Microsoft s USMT which isn t designed for the average user and the Windows XP File and Settings Transfer Wizard viola It sounds like the ideal solution But avoid it it s very selective in what it does doesn t like non Microsoft programs can be very tricky to setup and has problems with moving applications across different versions of Windows Considering programs exist that are just the ticket why did we take the trouble to explain the different ways of connecting the PCs together and transferring data The answer is that none of the above programs are infallible It is often the case that some applications are not copied over that some settings need to be redone that if a particular program already exists on the target PC it won t get overwritten like Outlook Express and that the Windows installation on the target PC may actually get damaged in the process Older Windows 95 programs may not be compatible with XP and

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  • Buying a Quiet PC. How to choose a low noise model
    don t have the space If they do advertise a free PCI slot you may find that it s a low height low profile slot that won t take most standard PCI cards If the CPU is integrated into the motherboard you may not be able to upgrade the CPU These machines tend not to support the larger size RAM modules You may also find that you ll have to make do with a single optical drive and won t have the luxury of both a DVD player and a CDRW Limited space may mean you have only one optical drive Sure you can have a DVD ReWriter that covers all the jobs of a standard DVD player and CDRW but it will probably have to be a laptop style slimline DVD RW and there isn t that much of a choice in the slim line market If a new and faster optical drive comes out it ll come in standard size for desktop PCs first and a slimline version may or may not follow several months later The upside to having one of these machines is that they tend to look good occupy very little space and can be squeezed into your music cabinet between the VCR and the stereo You can also get them in silver black and in matt gloss finish to match most hi fi equipment And they make little to no noise Do a search on the internet for terms like mini ITX and you should find links to some of these systems Power PCs with specialist cooling products It s possible to not compromise on performance or features but still have a quiet PC Fortunately there are a wide range of products available to control PC noise Several of them are discussed in the

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  • PC Noise Reduction Products, Low Noise, Noiseless and Quiet PC Components
    of the drive causes the whining noise you get with hard disk The head moving about causes the trashing sound Hard disks started off at relatively low speeds The fastest hard disks were SCSI disks at 7200 rpm spindle speeds but these were used only in server environments However 7200 rpm reached the desktop PC a few years ago and newer desktop hard disks even run at 10 000 rpm That s a lot of revolutions per minute Fortunately these advances in hard disk speeds have been accompanied by new technologies to limit the noise the disk generates Most hard disk manufacturers now either offer a range of quiet disks or use special quietening techniques on all their disks If you ve got an existing older hard disk that you need to control the sound on or even a newer disk that s just too noisy for you here are some products that may help Hard disk mounts These are L shaped metal blocks with rubber in between Hard disks typically have four contact points with the case i e at the four holding screws If you have a spare 5 25 bay however you can use these mounts and move the hard disk to the larger bay At each corner of the disk you ll have one L shaped mount screwed on to the hard disk and one on to the bay ensuring that the metal from the hard disk doesn t touch the metal on the bay and therefore reduces vibrations transferred to the case Hard disk heat sinks like in the picture here serve two purposes They have four rubber rings that act like the mounts above which prevent the hard disk coming into direct contact with the case They do also have a heat sink consisting of a collection of copper pipes that dissipates heat from the higher spindle speeds drives Enclosures Some manufacturers sell complete enclosures for your hard disk An enclosure will typically fit in a 5 25 bay and completely contain your hard disk i e a little box into which your hard disk vibration and noise disappears theoretically Please do be very very careful with these enclosures though Check that they are rated to handle the spin speed of your hard disk and are capable of getting rid of the heat the hard disk generates Some enclosures dissipate the heat via one or two little fans And as with any fans these will generate some noise themselves so you ll have to balance that against the saving of hard disk sounds Recently there have been major advantages in storage technologies Flash memory cards have been getting bigger and bigger Soon there will be storage devices like flash memory cards that will hold an entire operating system and your other files thus dispensing with the moving hard disk altogether In fact such devices do exist right now but they are so horrendously expensive that they are used only in very select situations like

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  • Quiet PCs, an industry overview of quiet computing
    and more cooling which whether done by fans or water pumps increases the noise generated The good news is that boffins at chip manufacturers are constantly looking at new ways of designing chips to consume less power and generate less heat There are a lot of interesting ideas and concepts being tested One of them involves nano lightning i e the production of an air flow along the surface of the heat sink by ionising and pumping air molecules using minute electric currents Electrodes containing carbon nanotubes have a tiny charge applied to them resulting in electrons being knocked off air molecules and the consequent positively charged ions being attracted towards a negatively charged electrode taking heat with them This flow of ions is then controlled to move the heat away from the surface of the heat sink Viola no fans But this and other innovations are still in the testing stage and have a long way to go before reaching the market The researchers will eventually develop systems for transferring heat out of PCs without using any noisy equipment like fans and pumps In fact here s hoping they develop ways of increasing PC speed using techniques that don

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  • Existing PC Noise Control Solutions
    similar lining inside the case to act as an acoustic block Other developments included hard disk grommets to dampen vibrations from disks hard disk enclosures to minimise sound leak low noise PSUs from manufacturers like Enermax and motherboard heat sinks and fans There are also several low tech and common sense solutions like using larger fans An 80 mm case fan will need to turn at a much faster rpm than a 120 mm fan to pump the same amount of air Like for like using slower 120 mm fans in the place of 80 mm fans will make for less noise Ensuring your PC is stable on all four feet and not wobbling does help As does making sure everything is screwed down tight and your side panels aren t vibrating against the case body Some of the problems with existing solutions As specialists in the manufacture of quiet PCs we get to try all these components and then some Not all of them live up to expectation and there are numerous unknown traps Some examples Hard disk enclosures Many are badly designed and allow the hard disk to over heat Some have fans built in to circulate air over the hard disk which defeats the purpose as those fans generate noise Other hard disk solutions involve the suspension of the hard disk in a rubber sling The simple task of turning the PC bottoms up causes the hard disk to fall out of the sling Why turn the PC bottoms up Because couriers do a lot worse and the PC s gotta go through the couriers at some point VGA heatsinks These are cumbersome take ages to put together are very heavy over a kilo sometimes Further as the graphics card is taking the full weight of this

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  • TNN 500A Details and Technical Specs
    in front and one at rear Power Supply 300 watt with heat dissipated via the case i e no fan Higher wattages are available as options Front USB 2 x USB 2 0 at front provided the motherboard has a USB header USB ports are hidden behind the door Cable gaps at the bottom of the case allow USB devices to stay plugged in even when the door is shut Expansion Standard ATX and micro ATX boards up to 4 x 5 25 according to the listed specs we found only 3 and 6 x 3 5 devices Internal and external is a bit blurred on this case so you can consider them all internal or all external Cooling capacity CPU Cooler 150 W sec VGA Cooler 50 W sec Hard Disk cooler 6 W sec Some points to note The case comes with a variety of extras including extra bolts nuts and attachments a detailed manual and a choice of graphics card heat sinks There s bound to be one in there to fit most AGP graphics cards in the market today Some pictures suggest that in addition to the two handles at the top of the case there s a handle on each of the doors but some units of the case do not have these handles The door is still just as easy to open though The cardboard box and foam that the case comes packaged in is sufficient to keep the empty case safe from all except the most destructive couriers However stick a motherboard CPU AGP card all the heat sinks a hard disk or two and a couple of optical drives and the weight adds up fast If you intend shipping a fully built PC in this case it may not take the strain

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