Skip to comments.moving all the data from one laptop to another...help
Posted on 07/13/2014 6:49:41 AM PDT by TurboZamboni
I was given the gift of a new laptop- HP Pavilion Smartouch 17. not my first choice, but it was a nice gift and the giver knew my old Toshiba Satellite L505-a6946 is dying and that I'm too cheap to buy a new one.
The Satellite uses Vista and the new HP is Windows 8.1 .
I need to know what's the best(easiest) way to move all my data from one to the other including AVG,Hitman Pro, Malwarebytes,emails(Outlook)and other vital programs.
While I'm at it, I assume it came with all sorts of unwanted 'bloatware' so I will need to remove that ,too. (It was a demo model, if that matters)
Don’t you just get a large-capacity thumb drive and copy files to it then transfer the thumb to the new computer? If you have your old install files, copy those to the thumb as well or download on the new laptop. And any install discs that you bought for your old computer, just re-install the programs on the new computer.
Since a computer question was asked maybe someone could answer this for me. I have a notebook with no cd drive and I need to make a restore disk. Can I use a usb cable to connect it to another computer that has a cd drive and make it that way? Will the notebook see the other computer’s cd drive? Thanks in advance.
save your old files under carbonite or similar before your laptop dies!!!!
Then I believe you can transfer them into another computer
Data transfer cable- made for just this purpose. That may not be the exact name, but some poking around on Ebay should turn up what you need. I bought one about five years ago- 12 bucks or so at the time. Came with software pre-loaded. Just plug it into both machines, and tell it what you want.
In my experience, by the time you mess around and try to use other methods, a good 32GB thumb drive is probably the quickest way to do it (still not real quick, obviously).
Start w/ pictures and music and work your way towards applications.
You might think about purchasing an external hard drive. They are not too expensive. Makes a good backup in case of virus or hard drive crash. They are big enough that you probably could back up both operating systems also.
Can Carbonite be used for both computers or do you need to buy 2 copies?
Windows backup of your data files only and restore it on your new laptop.
You can’t move the applications, you’ll have to download and install the newest version for Windoze 8.1.
As for removing bloat ware, you’ll have to remove them from the add/remove control panel application individually.
Me, I use a Mac, so I’d just do a Time Machine restore and it would do it all.
check with carbonite
I think you buy for one computer and can add others at a discount
I had a PC that DIED, was covered by Carbonite, salvaged a lot (a LOT) of files out of Carbonite storage (some were corrupted and I lost them but most survived) and I transferred them into a new PC- for which I have not yet purchased Carbonite
I need to get busy
I’ve moved .exe files many times using a thumb drive, then just re-installed. Depends on the application obviously though.
But for it to work both computers need to be on the same network..and you probably already have a network and don't know it if you have Internet..if you have an Internet router and if both computers can connect to I this router at the same time then both computer can also see each other.
To get rid of bloatware try http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/
then run CCleaner http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download ...<—— now that’s also a good maintenance program to run every month or so too.
Both are free programs. Good luck with your new computer, I’ve been holding off and still using this XP laptop, but it looks like Win8 is in my future too.
ps reconsider AVG, instead dl MSE at the MS site...it’s low maint, smart and the best protection you can get.
There are two main ways you can do this but a USB cable won’t work. You can network the two computers and share the cd burner, then you would burn to that shared device. The second would be to get an external cd burner (USB interfaced)and burn it directly. External burners are pretty inexpensive these days and you can use it to burn and save photos, personal files, play Dvd movies, music cd’s etc. Usually a decent one is $30-$50. The networking solution takes a bit of knowledge of home networking. I recommend the burner.
Bring in a Geek.
If you really don’t know how to do it by yourself, buy a copy of Laplink PCMover and it will handle it all for you except for removing the bloatware on the new machine.
Other than that, it’s a matter of copying data files and re-installing all the applications you want, and uninstalling all the applications you don’t want.
My several year old Dell desktop came with a transfer cable and a built-in transfer program to move stuff. Running Vista. I noticed the same cable (Belkin?) was sold at one of the local computer stores. I didn’t use it then on mine but did use it later between two laptops. Worked OK.
I think now I would go the external hard drive route just to have the hard drive for safe storage later rather than spend money on a transfer cable.
The is a program called Move Me that I used a few years ago. Not only moved all the data, it moved the programming as well.
You can get a data xfer cable and connect one PC to another. Windows has a data transfer utility that will move data directly. That’s the fastest method, but the cable is kind of expensive.
Alternatively, use cloud storage like Google Drive to copy your stuff to.
Or use a thumb drive to store your data temporarily.
I used Carbonite once for my wife’s PC. It already had her old PC backed up, so I installed it on her new one and set the account up there. It immediately began downloading her information into the same folder structure she had before.
It is often not possible to copy working programs just by transferring program folders as these often do not contain the install files. You will likely have to reinstall these programs like AVG, Malwarebytes etc. The versions of these programs you have on your computer may also not be compatible with Windows 8.1.
Good luck with Windows 8. I have been helping a friend with her Windows 8 laptop and have had a lot of frustration.
1- Log into the new computer, setup your profile and things like mail and whatever programs are special to you that you have installed.
2- Use Windows Easy Transfer now to move your data and configurations
Type in Easy Transfer on the old pc, have both computers on your home wired or wireless network.and follow the instructions, you can google and get a lot of answers for using the program and it is fairly good at these transfers, in a 0-10 rating I would give it at least an 8
3- on the new computer with Windows 8.1 I recommend using a third party tool to emulate a start menu to make it easier for you to get accustomed to the new operating system, I myself use Retro-UI, I bought the 5 dollar version and it helped me a lot
Good luck and let us know how it goes
Some of your Vista software may not be compatible with Win 8.1.
You MAY be able to run problematic software using "compatibility mode".
What is the deal with Windows and SanDisk? Often the OS can’t open the drive. I boot up with a Linux live disk and the hardware works fine. Sometimes I have to remove the device in the Windows device manager and then plug it back in and it works for a while. I see on the internet that a lot of people have this problem.
At least your are moving out of the fire into the frying pan.
I’ve tried formatting the USB drive, no change in behavior. From a Google search, it appears to be a Win 7 issue. Works sometimes. A hobby OS like Linux, no issues.
You could also get a Thermaltake hard drive dock
You take the hard disk out of the old computer, and, plug it into the box and use it like a flash drive. Plug it into the USB of your new computer and transfer files directly.
If the hard disk is still good, you can use it as back up and plug it in and out like a flash drive repeatedly (make sure you run the safe remove command before you do so).
This will work on most newer systems that have SATA drives in them. You have to go a slighly different route if it is just an ATA drive. Check your system out first.
You cannot “transfer” programs. You have install them on the new computer.
You cannot transfer settings, as with Outlook. You have to look at the settings and set them up on the new computer. You can transfer the .pst files and then open them.
You can transfer your documents/pictures/music from the Documents area.
Are you using a router/network?
yes, cable wireless router
That will not work
If you go online to a site like Newegg.com you can find external DVD/CD drives on sale for around $25 with free shipping.
Just plug that in to the notebook USB port and then burn the restore disk.
You should be able to hook them both up to the wireless and share the documents folder to do the transfer of documents.
You probably will not need AVG with Windows 8.1. It has anti-virus built-in
Create a USB recovery drive
How to create a Windows rescue USB stick
Many how to’s listed on the right side of the page. The one below shows how Acer does a recovery:
Windows 7 - Restore Windows Using a USB Recovery Drive
Use a USB drive. A 16gb one is $10
I have 2 of these (overkill but I use them for my family photos and videos and movie jukebox for the tv:
WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Auto Backup - Black
To move all your files you go to on your old XP pc.
c:\documents & settings then your folder. Your files are in the Desktop, My Documents and Favorites folders.
In Windows 7 it is c:\users folder then your folder. Your files are in the Desktop, Libraries> My Documents etc. and Favorites folders.
Thunderbird email backup
Find Firefox profile to backup the bookmarks and settings.
Firefox> Bookmarks> Show all bookmarks.
A seperate window opens. Click on Import and Backup
Click on Backup and also do the Export Bookmarks from HTML
(you will have 2 backups in case anything goes wrong)
IE: File> Import and export
Chrome: Bookmarks. (that button in upper right with 3 lines)
Select Bookmark manager.
Click the Organize menu in the manager.
Select Export bookmarks.
To remove many programs at one, try “PC Decrapifier” it works in Windows XP, 7, 8
Click on Features for screenshots.
Thank you. I’ve received many replies and hints. I appreciate your taking the time to answer.
Thanks - I have a CD drive but it doesn’t record. Another FReper showed me some links where I can use a USB drive to do the same thing. I appreciate your reply.
Thanks for the reply. Several FReepers have suggested I do that. I already have a portable CD drive for my notebook that I use to play movies on but it doesn’t record. The other suggestion I received is to use a USB memory stick. But I had tried that already and all that shows when I want to do the backup is E: CD drive which doesn’t work.
Okay - I’ll give that a try. I have several USB sticks I could use.
If you use Outlook or a local eMail client, don't forget that too!
Copy down all of the keys for your purchased software before your Toshiba dies. You'll need them for reinstalling.
I like the idea of a 32 or 63 GB SD card. Make sure to get a Class 6 or above (much faster xfer).
You can download Microsoft SyncToy here - nice free tool to sync or backup data between devices.
Also, I don’t recommend using a USB Flash drive if you have an SD slot - they’re MUCH slower than a Class 6 or above SD card. If that’s all you have, then brew some coffee and break out a good book.
Welcome. Take care.
For about 20 bucks you can buy an enclosure for the old computer’s hard drive. Hard drive comes out easy, install in the enclosure very easily. This device connects to your new computer via usb. Your computer will read the old hard drive like it would any external device. Put enclosure in your desk drawer and you will always have it and the data.
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