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Used Windows Easy Transfer but now wheres my files?


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#1 Johnny From Kentucky

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Posted 10 March 2014 - 07:17 PM

Greetings and thanks for any help here...

Back story...Last week I bought a new computer running Windows 7 Pro,
Before my new computer arrived I installed Microsofts Easy Transfer program on my old XP computer , ran the program and sucsessfully transfered my files on to a new blank CDRW disc.

Today I fired up the new computer for the first time, ran the Easy Transfer program , pointed to the CDRW disc and the program formated as expected.
when the program was completed and files were apparently transfered and the programs status window closed. and that was it, nothing more.....

I unhid my system files and and searched everywhere with no resolve (sighs..) would one of you fine folks please help me locate my transfered files as the are very important to me.

Thank you again.. I'll check back often


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Posted 10 March 2014 - 07:35 PM

In the start menu go to Accessories -> System Tools -> Windows Easy Transfer Reports and open it up.  The Transfer Report will show what has been transferred.  If you click Documents it should show you exactly where it's placed your document files and what they were.


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#3 Johnny From Kentucky

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Posted 10 March 2014 - 08:44 PM

Thanks jonuk76

Well shoot!....Looks like when I used Easy Transfer on my old XP it failed to copy the files to my empty disc.. the disc is empty
seems strange because it showed a status when it appeared to be transferring....Looks like I'll have to go grab that old XP computer and try with a cable.

Question...Is the "Easy Transfer Cable" a special cable OR can I just use a USB/USB cable?



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Posted 10 March 2014 - 09:03 PM

I've never used an Easy Transfer Cable TBH.  They look like they have some electronics installed in them so I don't think it's just a USB A to A cable.  But I can't say for certain.

 

There are a few ways you can do transfers:

 

- With DVD's or CD's -  If you have a lot of data it might take a long time and a large number of DVD's...

- External hard drive

- Through a network

- Using the cable

 

If you have a router with ethernet ports, you can connect both PC's to it and transfer it across the network.  It's pretty fast especially with Gigabit ethernet.  You can even use wireless, bit slower, but it works.


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Posted 11 March 2014 - 07:57 PM

I am thinking my DVD disc was not big enough and the transfer program halted, therefore not completing transfer.
Thanks jonuk76...I'll give this a try:
router with ethernet ports,



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Posted 12 March 2014 - 02:54 PM

The easy transfer cable is a special cable, if you directly connect two USBA ports together you will most likely blow up at least one of them.  There are some electronics, normally in the middle of the cable that handle everything.

 

As jonuk76 said doing over your home network would probably be the best way, if you have a home network.



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Posted 13 March 2014 - 06:01 AM

I use a"Fission" transfer cable, it is a small unit about 5cm x 2cm with a USB cable at each end.  No installation is neccessary I simply plug one end in computer A and a file browser appears on its monitor.  Plug the other end into computer B and its monitor displays the file browser for both A and B.  From here it is simply a case of "drag 'n drop."






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