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First off, I am into music and hence burning CDs. I have an HP with Vista. I also have an old 9 yr. old Dell, windows 98. The old PC's CD recorder is not wworking so I can't burn CDs. I have many MP3s & WAV files I want to burn so I recently purchased the HP. I am still using the old PC for the internet until it comletely goes.

At this time I am transferring the files via the speaker cable from my old PC to the new one using Roxio's Creator 10, Convert LP/Tapes. It takes a while as I have to record each file but it works and I am able to edit via the sound editor. The problem I am having is after I download/record the files, burn the CD, and delete all the files I am losing GBs on my hard drive. I have done tgis approx 20 times and have lost about 16 GBs. I have searched the files and no MP3s or WAV files show up. Any idea what is going on.

 

Thanks in advanced, Tom

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Tom,

 

I shudder to think what quality your music will have when it's transferred like that from one machine to another. If your old machine has a USB port it would be infinitely better to get a flash/pen/thumb/USB drive working on it and transfer the files without converting them to sound and back. However, your choice.

 

It looks as if you are [or the software is] making image or temporary files before burning the CDs, and not deleting those afterward. I don't know what the files will be called because I don't know how you're burning the CDs, however 'unhiding' hidden files and folders in Vista might help you find and delete the temporary files taking up all the space.

 

In Windows Explorer [My Computer] go to the top toolbar Tools > Folder Options > View. In Advanced Settings, click the button for 'Show hidden files and folders'. Uncheck the box for 'Hide extensions for known file types' while you're there. Click Apply and then exit from Explorer. This should allow you to see the temporary files, if you can find where they are stored.

 

A good place to start looking might be C:\Users\yourname\AppData\Local\Temp [where'yourname' is the name of your account on your computer]. Any files in that folder should be worth deleting.

 

Regards,

Brendon

 

 

 

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Tom,

 

I shudder to think what quality your music will have when it's transferred like that from one machine to another. If your old machine has a USB port it would be infinitely better to get a flash/pen/thumb/USB drive working on it and transfer the files without converting them to sound and back. However, your choice.

 

It looks as if you are [or the software is] making image or temporary files before burning the CDs, and not deleting those afterward. I don't know what the files will be called because I don't know how you're burning the CDs, however 'unhiding' hidden files and folders in Vista might help you find and delete the temporary files taking up all the space.

 

In Windows Explorer [My Computer] go to the top toolbar Tools > Folder Options > View. In Advanced Settings, click the button for 'Show hidden files and folders'. Uncheck the box for 'Hide extensions for known file types' while you're there. Click Apply and then exit from Explorer. This should allow you to see the temporary files, if you can find where they are stored.

 

A good place to start looking might be C:\Users\yourname\AppData\Local\Temp [where'yourname' is the name of your account on your computer]. Any files in that folder should be worth deleting.

 

Regards,

Brendon

 

 

[brendan,

 

Thank you for your advice. First off the music isn't sounding all,that bad. I tried to use a flash drive however as I said my PC is over nine years old and it wouldn't work.

 

I did what you told me to do and no luck. Couldn't find any files. Found a "Temporary Burn Folder" but it was empty. My friend says it sounds like I'm losing the GBs by the way I'm transferring the files instaed of the Roxio software. Is this what you think.

 

Like I said still no luck. The thing is I have many music files I'd like to put on CDs. I just may get a new CD burner for my old PC and finish it off.

 

Thank you for your time and support, Tom

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[brendan,

 

Thank you for your advice. First off the music isn't sounding all,that bad. I tried to use a flash drive however as I said my PC is over nine years old and it wouldn't work.

 

I did what you told me to do and no luck. Couldn't find any files. Found a "Temporary Burn Folder" but it was empty. My friend says it sounds like I'm losing the GBs by the way I'm transferring the files instaed of the Roxio software. Is this what you think.

 

Like I said still no luck. The thing is I have many music files I'd like to put on CDs. I just may get a new CD burner for my old PC and finish it off.

 

Thank you for your time and support, Tom

You could consider downloading the utility discussed by sknis in this thread, post no. 2. It cleaned out "crap" from my hard drive.

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Just out of curiosity - if the two machines have a network port, why not just get a cross-over network cable and connect them together? So long as the folder containing the files is set to 'shared' you will then be able to just drag and drop from one machine to the other. With crossover you don't need a hub or a router

 

If the older one doesn't have a port, you should be able to pick up a network card very cheaply

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For the last twoposts. On my windows 98 PC I tried to download to a flash drive and a tornado file transfer but neither would work. They both asked to download drivers. I did but when I install the apparatus nothing happens nothing shows.

 

I looked for the temp file but every file shows empty. I searched for all wav, mp3, & dmse (Roxio files) but to no avail. I find nothing.

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For the last twoposts. On my windows 98 PC I tried to download to a flash drive and a tornado file transfer but neither would work. They both asked to download drivers. I did but when I install the apparatus nothing happens nothing shows.

 

I looked for the temp file but every file shows empty. I searched for all wav, mp3, & dmse (Roxio files) but to no avail. I find nothing.

Just something random to try, but try emptying the Recycle folder on your drive.

 

You also haven't said if your Win98 PC has a network port. I'm rather guessing yes? Or are you using dial-up for your internet access? Is your Vista machine also connected to the internet? If so, then both machine are probably connected through a switch or hub, possibly on a cable modem unit? If all that is true, you should be able to make them talk directly and be able to just copy your files from your Win98 machine to your Vista PC.

 

Another option would be to pick up a USB/IDE adapter, pull the HD out of your Win98 PC, hook it up to your new machine through the USB adapter, and copy the files directly that way. (The adapter should be $28 or less.) Then you can put the drive back into the Win98 PC.

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