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File transfer from my old PC

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#1 krip2454


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Posted 03 October 2010 - 06:49 AM

My poor eight year old PC is starting to feel the pace and it is time to look for a new one. Obviously, I need to transfer lots of my current files onto my new PC.
Is there some way that I can copy all these files to a remote server and then once I have my new PC, transfer said files to the new computer?
It seems very long winded having to copy everything onto disc/stick and then to transfer them all.
Please do not flood me with technical talk as being a "silver surfer", I can handle most computer jargon thrown at me, but there is a limit. Plain English would be appreciated. :blink:
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Posted 03 October 2010 - 01:18 PM

Once you have the new PC, pull the harddrive from the old computer, stick it in the new computer, and transfer your files.
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Posted 03 October 2010 - 10:00 PM

the other way to do it is if you have a router at home that has multiple network hook ups, is to network the two together and transfer that route, though it will take much longer then pulling the hard drive like TG suggested.



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Posted 04 October 2010 - 03:36 PM

All software will have to be reinstalled. There is no way around that
Your data should be in the My Documents folder unless you are running accounting software like Quicken or Quickbooks which can be backed up from inside the program itself.

If you get My Docs and the favorites you have the majority of your stuff (possibly all).
The only other thing would be the email. If you use web based mail like Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail etc simply log back into the website. Outlook Express is a little tougher. It depends on what you are using.
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Posted 13 October 2010 - 06:14 PM

I'll just add that it's normal to encounter an "access denied" message when trying to move data files from any folder in the Docs/Settings group to a new hard drive or different system.

Easily overcome by Taking Ownership - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421.


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Posted 14 October 2010 - 08:56 AM

First I would agree with all the previous suggestions. However your origianl question was an online solution, and yes there are options. One is google docs the other is microsoft sky drive


There are literally hundreds of others, google cloud computing and follow most links, many are free. A very good service I am familiar with is Mozy online backup, that would do it also.

However, one suggesstion I didn't hear is the possiblity that it would all fit on a flash drive/usb stick, and don't forget lots of phones come now with a pretty large sd card. I moved an old PC recently and it I thought it would be chock full of stuff, and it was, but being and older PC everything totaled less than 7 GB, so I just used my thumb drive!

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 09:02 AM

Even saving via USB to a flash drive or preferably a HDD enclosure will be much faster than uploading to online storage and downloading again.
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