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How to transfer files from old PC to new PC

by Jmaloney04 / June 6, 2006 12:52 AM PDT

Hello! I recently purchased a new desktop (Dell E510). I have a dell Latitude laptop which I plan on keeping and hopefully networking them in the future. However, I have no idea how to get all my files from my laptop to my PC without spending hours burning CDs to transfer them. Are there any free downloadable programs that would help in the file transfer between the two computers? Do I have to actually connect the computers via USB cable, etc? I'm completely clueless. Any help would be appreciated! Thank you!

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Many options...
by mousearoma / June 6, 2006 1:11 AM PDT

The best option is to network the two computers, giving you a fast, direct connection for maximum efficiency. However, if that won't be happening until down the road you have other options, including:

1.) Burn the data to CD/DVD. This can take time, especially if you have a lot of data. CD-R, DVD-RW, or DVD+RW is best since the disk would be reusable, whereas CD-R, DVD-R, and DVD+R is one time only.

2.) Save the data to a flash drive. This is faster and doesn't require you to have a CD/DVD burner, but flash drives hold less than DVDs.

3.) Connect the two computers directly using a USB cable...click here. This is the second-best option, in my opinion, but given the price ($40), you would be wiser to just go the networking route now.

Aside from the hardware involved, you'll find the Windows XP File and Settings Transfer Wizard to be very helpful in transferring data. You can click here for details.

Hope this helps,

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Yep. . .
by Coryphaeus / June 6, 2006 9:37 PM PDT
In reply to: Many options...

I used the USB link cable for a long time. It works as advertised. A cheaper solution (and will get you ready for networking) is to use an Ethernet crossover cable. Connect the two PCs together at their NICs and enable networking.

But remember this. You can move data but not installed programs.

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best ways
by kcjafari / June 8, 2006 8:16 PM PDT
In reply to: Yep. . .

I agree, USB and Cross-over cable are the best options but a cheap 5 port hub would network the 2 computer just as fast and eliminate finding the cross-over cable by using your existing CAT5 cable that everybodys has with a broadband connection. A must for any technician who makes a living being as on-site tech.! right?

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Stop! Before you connect two PC's with a cable... (USB)
by citymars / June 8, 2006 11:06 PM PDT
In reply to: best ways

If connecting two PCs via USB connections, make sure you are using a "bridged" or "networking" USB cable. It has a small electronic circuit in the middle allowing the two PCs to talk to each other.

If you use a regular "A/A" USB cable (a stardard cable with a USB connector at each end), you can fry the USB ports, their power supplies, or even a motherboard.

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Call for a Geek
by BTT41 / June 8, 2006 11:19 PM PDT

All the replies are helpful, I guess, but if you're getting on in years (like me) and just feel you can't cope with unknown things like circuit breakers in cables, perhaps consider doing what I did when I switched from a desk top to a laptop: I called the Geek Squad. They handled it perfectly. Did it cost money? Yes. Was it worth it to me to avoid the aggravation? Yes. Is it for everyone? Your call.

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If you want to transfer some programs too...
by Sith840 / June 9, 2006 1:02 AM PDT

If you also want to transfer programs, the PC Relocator program is a good bet. It comes with the USB A-A special cable to connect the two computers. But, it also analyzes your programs and data and transfers them for you (registry, DLLs, etc). It also has some other useful features. About the same price as the cable.

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transfer files
by rplumber777 / June 9, 2006 1:58 AM PDT
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Flash Drive if
by rossfl / June 9, 2006 6:01 PM PDT

you only want to transfer your files. It is the easiest and, since it can be used over and over, probably the least expensive in the long run.
Buy the largest one you can afford, plug it into your old computer's USB port and simply click-and-drag files to the flash drive. It only copies them, so you aren't in much danger of deleting them from your old computer. Then plug the Flash Drive into your new computer's USB port and click-and-drag the files into whatever folder ("My Documents", "My Photos", etc.) you desire. It may not be as fast as the cable method, but it is easier and safer and the files can be deleted from the flash drive as soon as you are ready to use it to load the next batch. Just remember to delete the files from your flash drive as soon as you are done using it, since anyone can pick up that drive, put it in their pocket and have whatever information you put on it. Also, I'm no expert, but I understand that what is deleted from a flash drive cannot be recovered, so it is safe once it is deleted.

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transfer data or synchronizing 2 computers - which way to go
by gilgomez / August 22, 2006 10:38 AM PDT
In reply to: Flash Drive if

OK, I have been reading and following this discussion and others that include ''back up programs or copy programs''. The more reviews and forumns I read the more confused I become. What should I do or what software should I use? Let me present my dilemna:
- New Toshiba notebook with trial version of Office 2003.
-Fallen in love with Outlook 2003 along with some nifty updates on Word, etc.
-Purchased 2003 student/educators version but before I install and register this I must remove the trial version. (Don't you hate these teaser trial versions? Don't you think that converting to full program should be subtantially less expensive?)
-I have been working with Outlook 2003 and Word for the past 5 weeks and don't want to loose all my new settings, emails, etc. The backing up of Outlook to the .pst files hasn't always worked well for me and I don't know how to go about it again anyway. (I am a tired mom and need a simple recipe).
-Recently read a review of DmailerSyncPlus and that sounds cool. I also thought about PC Mover to do the back up and restore or synch operation once the new version of Outlook and Word got installed...bring over my mail settings, mail, documents...

So what would the experts suggets someone like myself use? I am obviously not an expert and need something fairly simple. I was hoping to find a program that can be used again in the case of a future pc crash.

Your advice will be much appreciated!

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