Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    3 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    Norland, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    347
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I am about to buy a new laptop and I would like to transfer as much as possible of the files, folders, pictures, My Documents, etc from this Dektop to the laptop.

    Would appreciate any recommendations or details on how best to go about that.

    I have considered Copying to Thumb Drives and then Pasting into the laptop. Would this work for some OR all of the foregoing?

    Thank you for any and all comments.

  2. #2
    Plutonium Lounger
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Location
    Lexington, Kentucky, USA
    Posts
    12,107
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    [quote name='PaJan' post='771958' date='23-Apr-2009 09:45']I am about to buy a new laptop and I would like to transfer as much as possible of the files, folders, pictures, My Documents, etc from this Dektop to the laptop.[/quote]
    For starters, see if anything in this thread helps: Post 767090

    Frankly, if you don't already have one, a router is a fairly inexpensive alternative these days.

  3. #3
    Super Moderator BATcher's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    A cultural area in SW England
    Posts
    3,417
    Thanks
    33
    Thanked 195 Times in 175 Posts
    [quote name='PaJan' post='771958' date='23-Apr-2009 14:45'][/quote]
    You might want to look at the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard - I found it a very steep learning curve, and rather 'black box' - difficult to work out what will happen. But it may have improved in the two years since I tried it!
    BATcher

    Time prevents everything happening all at once...

  4. #4
    Uranium Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    6,684
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
    You don't say if the laptop will be running the same OS as the old computer. But take a look here for XP to Vista options or here for Files & Settings Transfer Wizard how to's from MS.
    <IMG SRC=http://www.wopr.com/w3tuserpics/DocWatson_sig.gif>

  5. #5
    Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
    Posts
    47
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I have been porting files between computers for what seems like decades.
    I rely hevily on USB pen drives. Haven't lost one yet, but have had several of them finally fail on me.
    Their expected life expectancy is < 10 years and can be as short as 90 days.
    In my opinion, San Disk, though it is a great deal and I like the design of the capless micro,
    is the most poorly made and least reliable.
    On some I use the U3 and on others, I just rip it off.
    For me, the biggest problem is that even at 8GB ($3/GB), I run out of space all too soon.
    Most files are <10MB, only an occasional 100MB software package.
    Look at one of the USB hard drives like WD Notebooks.
    Though it is big, it is a better value ($0.50/GB) and far more reliable (~100,000 hrs)
    If you carry it in a laptop case it should be ok, but if you drop it, you're toast.
    In that case the pen drive is SUPERIOR!
    Actually there are tons of good solutions, a lot depends on the priority of your requirements.
    It can get complicated and the disorganization of Windows file system doesn't help.
    Hopefully that will be a priority in Win7 (due out by next year).
    People who think putting spaces in file names should be put in a universe all their own.
    One with padded walls(;-)
    (with 1GB of memory on your computer, you can put your data and the whole operating system on a 2GB pen drive!
    Next generation of hardware will make this a lot easier. You can run Ubuntu or Fedora any where anytime. U3 is great
    but doesn't go far enough. Google liveusb. The war between IBM and Microsoft hasn't ended.)

  6. #6
    3 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    Norland, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    347
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    [quote name='DocWatson' post='772044' date='23-Apr-2009 17:10']You don't say if the laptop will be running the same OS as the old computer. But take a look here for XP to Vista options or here for Files & Settings Transfer Wizard how to's from MS.[/quote]


    The old comp is Win XP and the new is Vista Home Premium

  7. #7
    Uranium Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    6,684
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
    So, which option did you choose ???
    <IMG SRC=http://www.wopr.com/w3tuserpics/DocWatson_sig.gif>

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •