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Transfer Files To PC Guide

Updated on September 11, 2013

Need to transfer files to PC or a laptop? You might have bought a new computer but really don't know how to move your files from the old to the new one. No worries, there are many ways you can do this. Such are using an ethernet cable, Microsoft Transfer Wizard, with an external storage media, sharing over LAN, or an easy Transfer from Windows. For those of you who are old fashion, you could try using a floppy disk or CD but it isn't as fast as the ones I'd mentioned earlier. Remember we want to make the process as quick as possible. This is why I've compiled a Transfer Files To PC guide for you to use.

What are reasons to Transfer Files to PC or computer?

  • When purchasing a new laptop or desktop
  • If your computer has almost died and fixing is out of the question
  • To have an extra backup on your new computer


Top Ways to Transfer Files to your Computer

Here are five top ways to begin transferring files to another computer or desktop. If you have any questions about how to do this, you look at your computer manual for more information.

External Storage

One of my favorite ways is using a USB stick or otherwise known as an External Storage device. The reason why this is my preferred method is because they have tons of storage. I can use this for numerous data files and even photos. When using a floppy disk, it's not possible to store more than 30 photos on there.

Sharing over LAN

Another way of transferring PC files is using the home network, making sure they are connected. If you have a wired network, it will be a fast process. However, if it is wireless - it'll be very slow.
The first thing you will need to do is share the hard drive. To accomplish this go to "Control Panel Home" then "Advanced settings". Now you can turn on file and printer sharing from this menu.
Once you have done this, it will be easy to set up. Find the drive shared in your Network and open your hard drive. A prompt for new password will come up, so fill that out. Now you can copy any folders plus the files you need for PC Transfer.

Windows Easy Transfer Cable

Easy Transfer Cable is a new app that is usually installed in most Windows operation systems. With the EasyTransfer (male) USB cable, you can easily transfer files between two computers - without having to follow confusing directions.

Floppy Disk or CD

One of your last methods should be via a floppy disk or CD. A floppy disk can hold only 1.44 MB if it is the 3 1/4th floppy. If you something larger for memory, try using a CD since they can hold up to 700 MB of data. Imagine, that is worth 468 floppy disks by themselves!

Where can I purchase an external storage device or ethernet cable?

You can easily head down to Best Buy or Radioshack. Any major electronics store will have a USB stick or ethernet cable.

How do you normally transfer files to your PC?

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