When buying a new computer one of the
dreaded tasks after the purchase is moving into your new home.
Depending on what you have purchased for a computer, will
dictate on how you do your migration. Right now I am going to talk about the
folks that have replaced their Windows computer with another Windows machine.
First off, if your old computer
will not start up and work normally I would not recommend proceeding with this
until that problem is corrected. That does not mean that you will not be able
to get your data, it is just more technical than I am going to get into in this
post. If you need help call Wicked Easy Fix @ 1-888-285-9195 and our advisors
will be able to help you get going in the right direction.
shut down your old computer for the last time we need to get your old data to
move to the new one. I recommend that you use a thumb drive, which is a
portable storage device, relatively inexpensive available at your local office
supply store or electronics store. Depending on the amount of "stuff’ you want
to bring along will determine the size of the thumb drive. If it is in the
budget always go for the larger capacity.
One of the
first rules in Windows data migration is that we are only moving documents,
pictures, etc..Only the things that you
have created can be moved. The applications that you have created those files
with will have to be installed with the original media they came with. For
example: You have created a letter with Microsoft Word. The letter you made can be copied over,
however MS Word will have to be installed just as you did on your old computer.
Ok so insert your thumb drive in a
USB port on the old computer, and a new drive letter will appear. Windows will
take the next available drive letter every computer may be different depending
on the installed drives.Lets assume it
is E: You can check by clicking on Start-> computer and see the drives installed). It may be also have been
given a name (usually the manufacturer’s,) but not necessarily.
Now you need to find your data. Click on start, computer and
on the C: drive. Then click on users. Usually the top folder is where your data
is. It also should be the same as the computer was named during its initial
setup. (Probably a long time ago and if you are like me you probably wont
remember what the computer was named.So
click on the top folder under users and see if the documents and pictures look
familiar.If it looks as if every thing
is there then go back up a level or two until you get back to users and see
your folder that has you data in it. Now with the right mouse button click on
that folder and you should be given a option to "send to” click that and then
you will be given another option to show where you want to send the data.
Select the E: drive (yours may be different). Data should now be copying.
If you were using a program that
has a built in backup utility, I would strongly recommend using that now.
Programs such as Quicken, QuickBooks have such utilities and make things very
easy to back up. Just run the utility and tell it to back up. And just tell it
to use the thumb drive. During your install on the new computer just tell it to
restore from backup and point it to the thumb drive again.
Now we will go to the new computer,
insert the thumb drive, go to start, then computer, and click on the thumb drive. You should see
the folders transferred earlier.Next
open the documents folder. If you had documents on the old machine you should
see them there. Now click on one of the documents listed (only one click. NOT a
double click to open we just want to highlight it.)Now at the top of the window or screen one of
the dropdown menus (that varies depending on the version of Windows you are
using) click select all. Now right click anywhere on the highlighted file names
and select "Copy”.
Lastly go to start. Computer and C;
drive and under users you should find a folder named Documents open that folder
and right click on the open screen. Right mouse click and select "paste” and
the documents will start to appear.
You will need to do the same
procedure for each folder on the thumb drive pictures, music etc.
For you Apple users you have it
easy. Apple has a utility called Migration Assistant that is very reliable and
easy to use.It will even move your
applications! The only problem I have seen is trying to migrate from very old
operating systems (OS 10.4-10.5) to 10.9-10.10. Unfortunately it may move apps
that are not compatible with new computer due to their age.