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So my older system no longer believes in the Intarwebs.

This happened at one point last week - when I try to connect using anything (browser, FTP, whatever), it says there is no such server. But after I re-seated the cable that connects it to the FIOS hub and restarted, it was fine. But now I've tried that 3 or 4 times, and it still can't find its way onto the Internet.

So I can't reply to e-mails I've already downloaded (I can write new ones, and reply to anything that's still in my online box), and to post anything I've been working on, I'll have to move it to this newer system. It's something I was going to have to do anyway, but I've let myself run out of time to do it at my own pace.

The e-mail is what I'm most worried about. I once tried exporting all my e-mail archives from the old Netscape it's in to the Mac's built-in e-mail, and it didn't work - it built the e-mail mailbox structure, but it was empty ... no messages.

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smillaraaq
Nov. 3rd, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
Oh, dear. Are your systems so incompatible in age that you can't hook the old to new with firewire and treat it like a slave drive? Or just pull the old drive and put it in an external HD case if you don't have the ports to connect them directly? *hugs*
chomiji
Nov. 3rd, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)

>>so incompatible in age that you can't hook the old to new with firewire and treat it like a slave drive<<

Yup, that is exactly the case. We talked to the Apple store "expert bar" people about it. Mine old one is just about a year too old to try that - it has no idea about how to start in "target" mode. Talk about stupid breaks ... .

We recently got an external hard drive for the express purposes of transferring my stuff and letting the Young Lady store her big video projects. So tomorrow (I hope) I'll move off some of the easier and more immediate stuff, like my folder that contains the fics and reviews and my exported address book. But I'm really not sure what to do about the e-mail archives ... .

smillaraaq
Nov. 3rd, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
Ick. Well, at least it sounds like the hard drive itself isn't failing? Once you've backed up everything you possibly can onto the shiny new external drive, you could maybe crack the old one open and physically pull out the drive, toggle it into slave mode and then hook it up directly if you've got the appropriate ports and cables, or slot it into an empty external drive case if not?
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