For me, I've mapped a network drive ( a kind of virtual hard-drive disk ).
Simply go in Windows Explorer ( in a folder), click on tool and Map Network Drive. Enter \\192.168.(your IP adress) \My documents ( or the folder where all your files are located ). Make sure all your firewall are disabled. For a faster transfer, use a cross-over Ethernet cable ( withtout passing by the router ).
For your hard-drive that you want to erease, I think you can do this with Symantec Partition Magic ( or Partition Tragic ... sometimes it works, sometimes it only make a mess on your hard-drive. I've lost everything one time with this software ... God bless backup DVD's !!!!! )
Sure, the external hard-drive is the simplyest way to transfert datas... my opinion, of course ...
I am awaiting the delivery of 2 new notebooks to replace a 6 year old desktop and a notebook that we are passing along to our daughter. During the purchase, Migration software was offered as an option. We declined but I'm curious if this is something that would help in the transition.
We are excited to start new with fresh new systems. We already own 2 external hard drives that i thought would do the trick. I have a couple of concerns:
I want to transfer and back things up but I don't want to bring along anything that might have screwed up my current systems.
I want to erase all personal info from the desktop drive before I donate it. How can I be assured that this is done?
Lastly, can I just USB plug the new laptops into the desktop to transfer files? Will the desktop treat it like another drive? Is it better go from the external hard drives and then to the new notebooks or to just add the new computers to the home network and transfer files via "my network places?"
Would Migration software solve all the questions or should I work through the issues on my own?