HOW TO:Transfer Old Files to Your New Computers

Getting your new PC ready to go can be a seamless process. It always seems that there is a new operating system or a piece of technology that one cannot do without. In the business world, time cannot be wasted on figuring out the process to transfer important files to a new computer. Worse than wasting time is misplacing an intricate piece of information, whether it be a file or spreadsheet, which could set a business back months if the file is important enough. With a quick and easy-to-use storage device or method, you can get all of your important documents and pictures on your new system. The following steps can help you make this quick and easy transition.

Step1: Choose your method

You could opt for a flash drive or writable DVD, though they might require return trips due to limited capacity. Cloud storage is another option, though capacity and transfer speed could be drawbacks. Additionally, your new PC may have an option of its own for easy file transfer.

In most cases, the fastest and easiest method will be with an external hard drive. Most computer users already have one, in light of step four, due to its importance for preserving files. For transferring files, it is incredibly quick and offers a great deal of storage, especially when combined with a fast machine like the IdeaPad Notebook. Current models range from a few hundred gigabytes to a few terabytes in capacity. Multiple hard drives will be necessary for even a smaller business and this increases as the files needed to be transferred does.
Step 2: Place Important Files in Storage
Locate all of your important files, these could include employee contact information and digital contracts that you have with other businesses/clients. Note that you don’t have to worry about programs, as reinstalling them is the easiest option. Now, connect to your storage method (i.e. via USB) and move the files from your old computer to the storage device/method. Repeat as necessary to transfer all of your desired files.
Step 3: Transfer Files from Storage to a New PC
Once the transfer to the storage device/method is complete, you can transfer the files to your new PC. Copy (don’t move, unless you no longer want them) the files to your new PC from the storage device/method, placing them into a new folder. Once the files have been moved, you can then move it into the right spot on your computer. Using your IT person in the process would be easier as this would not be a problem for them and it may be for some of the employees depending on what their expertise is.
Step 4: Preserve Important Files
Consider keeping your files on the storage method you used to transfer your files. If something happens to your computer – if it is lost, stolen, or your system fails – you will have them within easy reach. Your new computer will have backup and restore applications so that you can keep your files safe.

All of the noted methods are great for data storage, though many have drawbacks in terms of moving data onto a new computer (capacity and speed). Take advantage of these options for peace of mind. They can also be great for bringing your files with you, such as taking your documents to work or on vacation.

Overall, getting your new computer up-to-speed can seem like a monotonous process. With your bookmarks, important files and media, and getting your favorite programs on your new computer, it can seem tiresome. Yet, high-speed storage devices ease the burden of transferring your files. It helps that they are perfect for maintaining your files as well.

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