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How to Migrate Data from One Computer to Another

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How to Migrate Data from One Computer to Another

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.


Before you 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.


There are some automated utilities to do the same thing. Not always do they work as expected. Here is a nice video for one of them.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wP0FlKRK6-w



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.


Here is a link to that:  http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT5872



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