Enjoy your new PC without leaving behind your music, papers, pictures, or other data (transfer your files before use).
The transfer of files from PC to PC can be achieved easily and safely without losing any data in the process.
Nothing is more exciting than having a powerful new machine. That lets you zoom through tasks, run new apps, and play games at incredible speed. However, there’s nothing more overwhelming than remembering that you need to transfer all your music, images, papers, and other files from your old computer to your new computer.
Luckily, you don’t have to beg and bribe your mates to help with this moving day. There are a number of ways to quickly and securely share files and even switch programs from your old computer to your new one while keeping your data intact.
DIY Approach: Manual transfer of files
If you’re a hands-on type, one of the best ways to get your new machine loaded with all your files is to transfer them manually. There are a few ways to do this.
For starters, plug your old computer into a USB flash drive or external hard drive. That can usually cost between $30 and a few hundred dollars depending on the amount of storage, speed, and functionality you need. Simply copy your files to the hard drive, eject the storage device, plug the storage device to the new computer, and then reverse the file loading process. Tip: Some computers have SATA ports that are explicitly designed for external hard drives and transfer data faster than USB ports.
If you don’t want to buy an external hard drive, you can also transfer and store your files in the cloud — using an Internet-based storage service such as Microsoft OneDrive *, Google Drive *, or Dropbox *. Again, just drop and drag your files from your old computer to the cloud provider, and then drag and drop the files to your new computer. These services are mostly free of charge for a limited amount of storage, and then charge a monthly subscription as the storage needs increase.
LOAD YOUR DATA ON THE NEW PC
1. Back up your old data on your PC
2. Choose the type of file transfer that works best for you
3. Obtain the equipment or service necessary for the switch, or set up a home network
4. Keep your old machine clean for a couple of weeks if you discard it
Speed Things Along: Use the Transfer Cable
If you think that using cloud storage is a time drain, or if you want to escape a monthly cloud service subscription. An alternative solution is to switch your files with a transfer cable. The cable links to the port on both your new machine and your old machine. Usually, cables come with software that automates the transition of files from an older Windows * 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, or XP device to a newer one. The transfer cable functions easier than the external hard disk, as the old device links directly to the new one while removing the middleman (external drive).
Before you start transferring it all, think about whether you still need it all. Setting up a brand new computer is the perfect time to backup old files. Thereby cleaning up the files and folder structures.Jill Duffy, PC Magazine
Hire a (PC) Move: Use Do-It-All Software
Earlier versions of Windows have included a feature called Easy Transfer * that allows users to switch files between computers easily. Unfortunately, this has been scrapped with Windows * 10. Don’t worry, though: Microsoft has collaborated with the vendor Laplink PC Mover * to replicate the Quick Transfer feature. The vendor’s PCMover Express * moves data and settings from Windows * XP computers to Windows * 8.1 or later computers. The service is around $15. PC Mover Specialist is more expensive, but it also helps you to move your applications. Both programs provide 24-7 assistance if you have issues.
This solution requires a fee, but it automates processes and can direct you to ensure that you do not neglect files that may be located in an unknown position on your old computer.
Sundry Operating Systems: Transfer files from Mac to PC or Mac
You can manually switch files between Macs and PCs in the same way as you shift files between PCs with external drives, cloud storage, or home networks. Or you can let the machine itself do the job of a personal assistant in charge of transferring and exchanging files: the Mac OS X Lion and later operating system includes a nifty tool called the Migration Assistant that moves your contacts, schedules, email addresses, and more from your PC and places these files in the right position on your new Mac.
Clean Sweep: Keep your old data out of your wrong hands
After you switch your files, you can retain your old machine for at least a few weeks in case you have lost any files. However, if you sell, discard, or uninstall your old computer, make sure all your data and personal information is deleted. Only copying the files doesn’t do that. Even deleting files or reformatting the disk will still allow experts to access information that you don’t want to have, such as your bank information or old emails. Luckily, free data destruction programs like Darik’s Boot And Nuke (DBAN) will delete everything on your old machine to make sure you don’t leave any (data) traces behind.
Keep Protected: Back the New Stuff
Now that you’ve been used to transferring files off your old PC, it’s a good idea to make sure you have a backup system in place if you need to recover those files again. Windows * 8 and above includes a helpful function called File History that helps you to instantly and regularly back up files to external hard drives. This feature means that your data won’t be history if the worst happens.
If you own a Mac, you have a range of choices and platforms to back up your files, from iCloud to programs like Time Machine, depending on the version of OS X you’re running.
Remember: while there are plenty of simple ways to transfer and exchange data, you can only transfer the data that you can access, so make sure your documents, images, and other important data are safe even if your device is lost or damaged. It’s quick to do it automatically, and it means that your next (computer) moving day is going smoother.
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