I will be of little (if any help) but thought I would share what I know. AND I realize I know very little. First I am in a similar position to you(waiting on a new lap top). I did order ?Laplink PC mover?.
Information that may help a little regarding ?transferring software?. I have spent many hours searching the internet for ?reviews? of different options for ?migration?. Started with searches for Laplink. Only one positive and it was written as though someone was copying the ?box?.
Finally switched to ?search? using DNA migration. Learned more. Basically there are two different ways ?transfer software? work. All have faults. Not going to go into the details but PC Magazine did an article a few years ago?comparing different software.
With my computer I did order an XP manual (400pages). ?hopefully some help there.
One magazine writer did imply there are ?not so legal? ways of transferring ?protected? data?.I would like to know more about that as well as the answers to the questions You asked.
Bottom line. I hope You get informative responses to Your post. So I can learn.
Right now I am going to return my Laplink as it has been received and is a 2004 edition. Not going to open the box to see how well it works?.too many negative users?.of course there must be thousands of happy users who are not writing positive reviews.
I posted this on the laptop forum but no one is responding so maybe it should go here:
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?