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File transfer

by barzb / February 2, 2006 9:55 AM PST

I have a work laptop that has to go back to the powers that be ASAP. I went out and bought a new laptop today (Toshiba Satellite M50) but now I want to transfer everything from one computer to the other. Everything like if I could just turn on the new one with everything the same I'd be happier than ever. I'd like to find out what is the more efficient way but I'm not sure what that is.

I can do FTP but I don't have a ton of experience with it and I don't know if I can send all my programs and everything with it. Also, is there a way to keep all the settings the same? I know this seems like a stupid question, but I have no idea where my wireless access password is for my home router.

Can anyone help a somewhat mystified me to do this? Or is it even possible.

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One thing you can't do (easily)
by Steven Haninger / February 2, 2006 10:18 AM PST
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with laptops is transfer the entire hard drive contents including the OS onto a new one. Presuming you have XP, the hardware change is too much and the OS won't even boot. The easist way, if the old laptop has a network jack, is to transfer files that way. Other IO ports can also be used but will be slower. You have to do the network setup and and walking through that in the forums isn't easy without knowledge of the OS or your other hardware. What you might do first, however, is put together a folder on the old machine with everything organized for the transfer. Name it what you wish and create subfolders in it with names suited to the category or file type they best fit in. When you do the transfer, it's just the one parent folder.

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Assuming that you have ...
by Edward ODaniel / February 2, 2006 10:35 AM PST

purchased the same applications that were installed on the laptop belonging to "the powers that be" you can make good use of the File And Settings Transfer Wizard.

Here is a link that explains it in great detail.
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/deploy/mgrtfset.mspx

As indicated in that link, networked computers speed up the process or an external hard drive works well too.

The applications do not transfer because of liscensing concerns.

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