How To Transfer Files From One Computer To Another Without Much Effort
I recently had the pleasure of learning how to transfer files from computer to computer when I picked up a cheap laptop that was on sale at one of our local stores. What happened was my main laptop had to be sent in for warranty repairs so I bought a $300 laptop to use while mine was being repaired. When I brought it home, I had the bright idea of just copying everything that I needed from my old computer to an external hard drive and then copying everything from the external hard drive to the new laptop.
Holy cow! This was a bad idea and it took FOREVER! It took about 8 hours to transfer everything from my old computer to the external hard drive and the same amount of time to copy everything from the external hard drive to the new laptop. This got me thinking that there had to be a better way.
I did some poking around and I discovered that Windows 7 has a program called “Windows Easy Transfer” that can make this process really easy. To access this file just click the start button and then type “windows easy transfer” in the search box. Then you will see the program displayed in the list of results. Click on the link to start the utility and follow the onscreen instructions.
It’s so easy that even a child can do it! You can even choose which files you want transferred. You have the option of just letting Windows choose what to transfer or you can select specific settings like “copy favorites to new computer” or “copy music to new computer”. I recommend that you let Windows take care of this for you unless you have your files saved in some weird directory that Windows isn’t likely to think should be copied to the new computer.
Save Yourself A Lot Of Time And Use An Easy Transfer Cable
Even with Windows Easy Transfer, things can go slowly. The first time I tried this I selected the option to copy my old files to an external hard drive. Windows simplified things for me in the sense that the utility handled the entire process but the bottleneck was still that slow USB cable and the external hard drive. The process seemed to take just as long as before. As a matter of fact, it was taking so long that I thought my computer was frozen up so I shut it down.
Before I tried it again I picked up a Belkin Easy Transfer Cable for about $20 at our local computer store. This is a device that looks like a cable with a USB connection on either end and a small black box in the middle. Using this cable instead of a USB cable and an external hard drive, the entire process only took about 1/10th as long as before. I HIGHLY advise that you buy one of these cables because it makes the entire process go so much easier.
Now that you know how to transfer files from PC to PC, you can rest easy knowing that should you ever need to do this, the job will be hassle free and go quite smoothly!