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Transferring from one computer to another

 
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Kate



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 11:50 pm    Post subject: Transferring from one computer to another Reply with quote

Hello,

I'm going to be transferring all my stuff from my (dinosaur) computer to a newer, but used, one.

I have a few questions.

1. How can I save my Favorites? I can't bear to lose them. I was told they are stored in a folder somewhere and I can simply drag the folder to the disc to save them. How do I find the folder?

2. Is there anything I should be saving that isn't obvious? For example, I know to save all my documents, pictures, vids, etc. but might there be something else I need?

3. Is it as simple as putting everything onto a disc and then putting it all back onto the new computer? Obviously, I have the start-up discs for things like my mp3 player. printer, digital camera, etc. But other than that, can I just drag all my folders onto a disc?

4. Finally, how do I make sure ALL my personal stuff is off the computer? I will be giving my old computer to someone and want to make sure nothing is left.

Thanks so much Very Happy
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Markb



Joined: 29 Nov 2007
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Location: UK

PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Kate,
To assist you with this, can you supply the following details which will let us know what is in use and where to look for the files.

Operating System of Old PC e.g. Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
Internet Browser used e.g. Firefox/Internet Explorer
Email client (If used) e.g. Outlook Express/Outlook/Thunderbird/Accessed through Web Browser
Applications Used e.g. Word/Excel/Photoshop etc

Regards.
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Kate



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Old OS:

Win2000

Internet Explorer 6.0

Verizon email account and the rest are web-based e.g. Yahoo!

Use most of Windows applications (but they're already on the 'new' computer; along with IE)
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Markb



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Kate,
This should be quite simple then. All of your settings and data shuold be in your profile folder. You will find this at C:\Documents and Settings\<Your user Name> In there you will find a folder called Favorites inside this are all of your saved bookmarks. You should find all your other data in the My documents folder and Desktop folder.

Copy all these files to the equivalent place on the new Pc and you should have all your stuff copied. Don't wipe them from the old PC until you have made sure that you have all your files.
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Kate



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Mark,

So, I can just drag that folder (with the favorites) onto the disc?
If so, what do I do when I'm copying back onto the 'new' computer? That is, where do I put it?
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Kate



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forgot to ask...

My old computer, approx. 10 years old has the following:

163,248 KB/RAM

150,000 available (average)

390,600 MEM Usage

316,160-43000 System Cache (numbers change so that was the range)

My "new" computer, approx. 5-6 years old and was only used at a business has the following:

522,832 KB

251 Available

261,916 MEM Usage

305,252 System Cache


It makes sense for me to switch to the newer computer, right?
Just checking before I copy everything Very Happy
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SoftStag



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kate wrote:
Hi Mark,

So, I can just drag that folder (with the favorites) onto the disc?
If so, what do I do when I'm copying back onto the 'new' computer? That is, where do I put it?

Yes, you can just drag it on to a disc. On the new computer, find the same location (may be a different user name) and copy the favourites there.

Your other question I already answered in a different thread.
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