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.
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