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What is the best way to transfer computer information to a new computer?

  1. tirelesstraveler profile image81
    tirelesstravelerposted 4 years ago

    What is the best way to transfer computer information to a new computer?

    My faithful 8 year old lap top is in the last stages of life. I need ideas on how to eliminate the old information. I have a new computer already to go.

  2. janshares profile image97
    jansharesposted 4 years ago

    I don't know how to so it myself but when I bought a new desktop from Staples, they did it for me for, I believe for free. It took a day or so.

  3. B. Leekley profile image89
    B. Leekleyposted 4 years ago

    I don't have recent experience doing that. Years ago I more than once used Laplink to transfer both data and programs from an old to a new to me computer. Back then the Laplink program came with a cable for directly linking two computers. I don't know if they still do it that way. However they do the transferring now, to get rid of what you don't want in your old computer, just don't select what you don't want, and those files, I assume, won't be transferred.

    PCAnywhere is a competing program. There are online comparisons between the two programs.

    If you are just transferring data and not also programs, then just copy your files (or file directories) from your old computer to an external hard drive (or whatever high capacity data storage thing you prefer) and then from that to your new computer. Don't transfer what you no longer want. Or do the same using a cloud storage program, such as DropBox. Or maybe Teamviewer would be handy. I have used it for years for remote control of my home computer but have not used it yet for transferring files.

  4. Electro-Denizen profile image84
    Electro-Denizenposted 4 years ago

    In the computer repair shop I used to work in, we would copy over the whole of the user profile. It's actually a hidden folder which contains everything associated with your account, including data. However, this whole procedure was  advantageous because everything was being put back on the same system - not your case. If this is something you want to do you may want to think about that carefully if migrating to a different version of windows.

    Whether you just transfer data or the whole user profile, the easiest way to see what you have is to unhide hidden folders. So instead of seeing C:/windows/users/public   you would see C:/windows/users/public as well as a /default profile or even your own /username profile.

    To transfer data to a new machine in a simpler way, I'd copy the whole of My Documents, My Videos, My Music etc,  from your userprofile - again this can only be found by unhiding hidden folder, from folders option, and navigating there as shown above. Also, make sure you save documents that have been inadvertently saved to the Default profile. (the visible one) That happens quite a bit with programs that save without consulting the user.

    Obviously, if you're in Windows 7 and have use of the Libraries feature, it'll be easier to see what you have.

    Hope any of that helps. Should have written a hub on it really, missed a trick there :-))

    1. tirelesstraveler profile image81
      tirelesstravelerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Still time to write that hub.

  5. The Examiner-1 profile image75
    The Examiner-1posted 4 years ago

    Well I do not know what the 'best' ways are but here are several which I know of, depending on the condition of the computers. Plus the capabilities which they each have.

    You can use CD-RW, DVD-RW [if they only have an R they cannot be used for copying/writing]; with a USB cable; with flash cards/memory cards;

  6. M. T. Dremer profile image96
    M. T. Dremerposted 4 years ago

    I would invest in an external hard drive. Something that you can just plug into a usb port. Then, copy all your important files over from the old computer and pull them off onto the new one. It's great for keeping backups too.

  7. ilikegames profile image81
    ilikegamesposted 4 years ago

    An external harddrive is your best option. You can also email smaller files to yourself (small but important files you might want an extra copy of) or use a free service like Dropbox to easily transfer files.

    1. tirelesstraveler profile image81
      tirelesstravelerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Got one.  Have to delete old junk from that too.

  8. profile image60
    Zakaullah Khanposted 3 months ago

    you can transfer DATA through Flush Drive or by Bluetooth.