Skip to comments.Brilliant Freeper Techs. Transfering files and Programs to homeschool computer
Posted on 09/08/2010 8:15:38 AM PDT by Chickensoup
I have an Acer running Vista. I have to move the files and some of the programsto a Sony running Windows 7. I do not have a file transfer cable. I do have them both on the same wireless box. am I able to transfer? I have followed directions I have found on the internet but I cannot get the computers to see each other's files. Any ideas? Technically I am usually dangerous to myself and others.
USB stick or burned CD?
USB storage device is good if you have a USB connection.
Programs have to be installed on the new computer.
I cannot send them over the network? I burned a cd with some documents yesterday. Be an all week event.
They have a gazillion GB... usually..
Don't use the little "backup" software thereon...
Just copy the folders... into open space on thme HD...
Move them onto the desired location on the new machine.
Easiest is a USB drive 4 Gb should work in most cases
2nd easiest would be to do a windows transfer. This requires a working network where both PCs see each other in the same windows domain AND the directories are marked for sharing
3rd easiest is to down load a FTP client/server software. Filezilla http://filezilla-project.org/ has some good software. This solution requires that you have a working network and that you can reach each other with the FTP ports of TCP/20 and TCP/21
4th easiest is to copy the files to a data DVD and then move the DVD over to the other computer and copy over. Pros for this option include a backup that you can put away but you are limited to the size of the back up.
Just burn them to a CD or copy them to a USB memory stick. Writeable CD's are literally pennies apiece, and uou can get a large USB memory stick for $10 or less.
You won't be able to transfer most programs. They will have to be installed from the original media.
Dropbox should do the trick:
On a windows machine, you cannot move programs because the OS will write many diverse files to many unusual locations. You can only move documents. Sadly, while Windows usually keeps most of their documents in the My Documents folder, many of the 3rd party programs do not and create their own directories. You are expected to know what programs you have and where those programs store any files or settings you wish to keep.
They do NOT make it easy and there is NO “Program” that will actually do it for you. Most will take your money and then you will LOSE many files trusting it.
The best thing to do is, network the two PCs the normal way you connect to the net, and then go to your security settings and choose “SHARE” the ENTIRE “C” drive.
That is not something you will want to LEAVE that way, so be sure to turn it OFF when you are totally done.
But if you SHARE ALL, then you can see all, and drag and drop more easily.
You will ALSO want to go to your FILE settings and tell it to SHOW ALL. Since Windows likes to hide some file extensions.
This way you can intelligently pick and choose what FILES to move.
To get all your programs back, you need to freshly reinstall them. You either have the original disks or files stored somewhere or you will have to download them again on the NEW PC and reinstall.
-— Now for the “other” way -—
Buy a new MAC. Apple employees who have moved MILLIONS of users from PC to Mac will move all these items FOR FREE if you buy a new Mac.
You can also RUN Windows on a Mac if you have some unusual programs for which their are no Mac equivalents (very rare these days).
I know you say you just bought a new Sony, but you COULD return it if you haven’t had it more than 15-30 days usually.
In any case, I wish you good luck. Moving data on a PC is not a fun or easy or fast experience.
you may have firewall enabled which would prevent windows file sharing.
You could email the files to yourself then logon from the different computer, If the files are many then you could use winzip and attach the .zip in email them to yourself. You may have to give it a different extension than .zip for the email then rename it later
Or, you could use http://filezilla-project.org/
I have a Maxtor backup at work and i found that it was not really backing anything up.
So I have my doubts.
Wireless will be too slow if you have hundreds of gigabites of files. A direct cable to cable connection between computers will be much faster but you have to set up a network. I use an external usb disk drive enclosure and remove the drive from the old computer. Put it into the usb enclosure and plug it into a usb port on the new computer. It should be recognized as an external drive by the new computer. Then you can transfer the files from the old drive onto the new one very quickly. The usb enclosures cost ~$10.
when you say network the two pcs the normal way exactly what do you mean? Both computers can see each other on a network map but they cannot see each others files although I have unblocked them with a work setting and share files is checked.
Where [computername] equals the name of computer1, from computer2 type into the file explorer (without the brackets):
If you get a password prompt enter an administrator user name and password (probably the one you use now) from computer1.
What happens when you do that? If you get a file listing of computer1’s C drive, just go to “Documents and Settings\[username]” for your documents.
Don’t try transfering programs, it’s difficult and rarely comes out right. Just reinstall on the new computer.
OK, that IS the normal way. if you can see the PCs and the Net.
What is happening NOW, is VISTA and WIN& have insane “firewalls and blocking” because the file sharing protocols that they use are 30 years old and used by most viruses and hackers.
You need to do some work to get them to ACTUALLY share.
I don’t use WIN 7, so I am not sure where they may have moved settings around in the new skin, but the OS is the same under the hood, so find the following settings or google what I am saying and see HOW to do it clearer and in more details that I have for this post:
Try to right click on the drive you want to share, (on BOTH machines), click on share with then advanced sharing then clicking on the Security tab, edit, adding Everyone and allowing Full Control.
Once you do this to BOTH machines, you should see Both from each other. Restarts are required.
I turnd off both firewalls and now I am told that remote access to the server is not enables. I can see the other computers but what is remote access?
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