There sits our brand new calculating companion we successfully set up last week. We answered the initial set up questions and it finally displayed a beautiful, if empty desktop. What’s next? Moving files from the old PC to the new one would be appropriate now. There are multiple processes available to accomplish this task.
For those heeding my entreaties over the years to back up files to an online cloud system such as Carbonite (http://partners.carbonite.com/bitsbyteschipscomputerservices) the process is as simple. Surf over to our cloud based backup provider, log on to the site, click on recover files and follow the steps. This will install Carbonite on the new computer and then restore all backed up files to where they were on the old computer. Depending on how large the backup is it can take a long time. However this won’t prevent us from continuing with other tasks such as loading programs on the new computer.
For those preferring to back up files to an external drive, simply connect the drive to the new computer and copy and paste from the drive to the new PC. If we used Windows File History to back up our files to the external drive, we can open File History on the new computer and tell it to restore all our files in the same places on the new computer that they were on the old computer.
There are still a handful of folks that have no backups. If the old computer is still running, use a flash drive to copy all the files we want from the old PC to the flash drive then put the flash drive into the new computer and copy the files from the flash drive to the new computer.
Another possible method to move a lot of files from the old PC to the new is to network the PCs together and transfer files via the network. This again assumes that the old PC is working and we know how to set up the network between the two.
Some folks use Microsoft’s Onedrive, Google Drive or Dropbox. Install these on the new computer and all the files we kept in them will magically appear on our new computer.
If the old PC isn’t running, there is a possibility that the hard drive (where all files and programs reside) may still be readable. A local tech can pull the drive, hook it up to some fancy drive reading hardware and salvage files and pictures and move them to the new computer.
Many programs such as Microsoft’s Office 365 actually store files in the cloud so even if we didn’t back them up as soon as we reinstall the program the files will be available on the new computer.
If our preferred email program is a webmail based system where we open a browser to read our mail, then all the email we had was actually in the cloud. It will still be there when we surf over to the email site with our new computer.
One last method for transferring files, call a local tech. Next week installing programs, hardware, and setting defaults.
Court Nederveld owns his own computer consulting and fixit service –Bits, Bytes & Chips Computer Services. He makes house calls in Punta Gorda/Port Charlotte! You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-626-3285