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Help needed with transferring stuff to new computer

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6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
I've got a new computer running windows 7 and I want to transfer stuff from my old XP one...mainly photos and files I think. I'm not very tech savvy and it looks like the easiest way will be to use an "easy transfer cable". I've searched for these and they seem to range hugely in prIce, it is worth spending the extra to get a named one like belkin or are they all much the same? Also are these "easy" as the name implies????
THANKS
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6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
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In all honesty, you could achieve the same thing with a network cable between the two computers, but if you have a wireless internet connection, and can get them both online at the same time, there is already a network you could use to transfer the files.

I'm sure someone else would be able to explain it better than me (I'm sure google would help there too!) but maybe google "Network transfer files between computers" will help :)
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usb flash pen or external hard drive. create 4 folders JPEG --- BMP --- PNG --- FILES
install locate 32 onto xp http://locate32.net/files/exe/locate32-3.0.7.7010.exe update database then search *.jpg

copy all the jpg's it finds(you must have updated the database first though) to external hard drive or usb flash pen folder JPEG

Then search *.bmp copy all then copy to flash pen folder BMP


search on *.png then copy all to folder PNG on flash pen or hard drive you created.


Then you should manually copy the files you need want to keep to flash pen folder files.

or simply copy the whole partition over to an external USB2 hard drive to sort out later bearing in mind the external size will have to be equal or greater in size and it will take a while
1 Like #3
I would suggest that if you have files you want to keep and are in any way important, then you should copy them to some kind of backup media.
#4
Thanks for the help - I hadn't thought of using a usb stick dontasciime, that might be the easiest thing. Can you explain what the "locate 32" thing is please? and what do you mean by "update the database"? Sorry if this is obvious but I'm not very confident! REP given :thumbsup:
#5
Just copy all the stuff you want on the xp computer to a single folder. Attach a network cable between the two pc's. Then share the folder and copy all stuff across.
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agnes
Thanks for the help - I hadn't thought of using a usb stick dontasciime, that might be the easiest thing. Can you explain what the "locate 32" thing is please? and what do you mean by "update the database"? Sorry if this is obvious but I'm not very confident! REP given :thumbsup:


i think that's a very over complicated way of going about what's actually very simple.

go to your 'my pictures' folder on your computer (it's in my documents) - are all your pictures in there? if so then just copy your my pictures folder over to a memory stick.

same goes for your my documents, my music, what's on your desktop etc...
#7
Right click C drive go to properties - tools - backup
1 Like #8
I did this last night between my new laptopn on windows 7 and my old one which was on vista. I just used a network cable as suggested in earlier post and the transfer wizard. Was quite easy but took around 8 hours for 14gig of pictures and music. You can choose what you want to transfer as well,including programs as well as files
#9
danzab
I did this last night between my new laptopn on windows 7 and my old one which was on vista. I just used a network cable as suggested in earlier post and the transfer wizard. Was quite easy but took around 8 hours for 14gig of pictures and music. You can choose what you want to transfer as well,including programs as well as files


That sounds pretty easy - I have found the "transfer wizard". Can you tell me what sort of network cable you used (are there different sorts?). Thanks, have added more REP :thumbsup:
#10
I just used the ethernet cable that came with my ntl modem. Think its just a patch 5 cable

Sorry a cat 5 patch cable
#11
If you use the cable method to transfer files you may need to turn off your firewalls for the PCs to see each other - unless things have improved since I last tried this
#12
The very simpleist way to transfer your data and file etc ffrom your old Win Xp computer to your new windows 7 commputer is to go to the Microsoft web site using your Xp computer, downlaod and install the "easy file transfer" program from that web site.
Run the wizard and follow the instructions:
It asks very straight forward quetions and your only problem will be to decide which method you are going to use to actually do the transfer with.
It supports various ways, the easiest being to plug an external hard disc into the XP computer and transfer the files and data to it. THen plug it into the windows 7 PC and tranfer all your files data and settings to the new PC.

It is all explained by the wizard so you won't have any trouble doing that way!

Regards,

John
#13
Why not remove the hard drive from the old pc, put it in the new one then copy the files across?
Would be much faster and easier, you can then put the drive back in the original pc or keep it for extra storage.
#14
baconsandwich
i think that's a very over complicated way of going about what's actually very simple.

go to your 'my pictures' folder on your computer (it's in my documents) - are all your pictures in there? if so then just copy your my pictures folder over to a memory stick.

same goes for your my documents, my music, what's on your desktop etc...


Not everyone keeps pictures in my documents though (so lots of pictures will be lost with that approach if they are scattered over the hard drive), also the same thing without locate32 can be achieved via a windows search just it's a lot slower, search whole computer for *.jpg *.bmp *.png etc that way you can be sure you have all of them etc.

There are numerous ways to achieve what you want OP. Use which ones suits you
#15
you would be looking for a crossover cable opposed to a straight cable although most network interfaces will auto negotiate for you

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