chohole, this sounds like a good idea, except I don’t have an external HD. Wouldn’t it be just as easy—or would it
work?—to simply copy over the content from my old Poser6 installation—say, for v4—right into the appropriate
directories in my Poser library? I mean, it’s sort of like v4 is already ‘unzipped’ so to speak…
I think I’m going to start a new thread because I’d like to try and build a new computer for graphics (Specifically Poser and Carrara) and need to take a poll as to what critical components would most minimize my render times. (Number of cores? MFR AMD or Intel? Do I need a GPU? Amount of memory? etc).
But while I’m in the area I just thought I’d mention something about external HDs.
External Hard USB drive docking stations are becoming really common and really cheap. You don’t even need an enclosure that you have to screw the thing into anymore. They basically make any Hard Drive (even one from your old computer) act like a common 4 GB flash drive only a whole heck of a lot faster. I’ve seen them run easily usb 2.0 on older win xp systems up to 500 GB and seem virtually the same as the disks installed inside the case. They may run terabyte and beyond on the older systems, but I can’t say I’ve seen it personally.
The cost is anywhere from about $23 for single slot Docking Stations to $60 for dual slot. And you can get sata, pata or laptop size slots, but if you want PATA for your older disks you’d better hurry; they’re getting hard to find now.
Here are a couple of links:
USB Docking stations for Hard Drives. One example manufacturer is “Thermaltake” which is the quick google search I did above. They work. You can find them at New Egg, Amazon and even Walmart. They make one and two port stands that just plug in to your usb 2.0 and up port. Again, You can treat a 500GB HD the same way as a 5GB flash drive, only it’s a lot faster.
And if your DAZ installers don’t work on Windows 7 or 8, you can potentially unzip things on an older computer and then either transfer the file structure or re-zip them using a non-installer program such as winzip, moving the disk from one computer to another like an SD card or flash drive.