I have 2 old MS XP computers, one that won't even start up anymore and another on its last leg, super slow. I have a newer computer that's running Windows 8. Is there any way I can salvage data files, and more importantly programs I used on the old computers? I am a CAD designer by trade and have a couple CAD software on the old computers I would like to use on the new computer, but don't have the installation discs to install them on the new computer. If I do a full disc copy from both old computers to an external HD will I be able to run those programs from the external hard drive? the programs I want to run are Student AutoCAD and Student Pro E. Or do I need to make partitions and load the XP operating systems that they originally resided on in order to be able to run those software packages. And if that's the only way to run those, by booting up on the new computer with old OS, XP to be able to use those AutoCAD and pro-e student versions. Both of those old software were used on 32 bit computers, and I think this new one is 64 bit...My main thing is getting rid of both old XP computers but retain the software and data stored on them and retain the data and the software and still be able to run the older software from the old machines. Any advice?