Guest Author - Rayna H. Battle
You finally have a brand new computer or the laptop you have been dreaming of. It looks great on your desk, it runs like a dream (as new computers tend to do), but there’s just one little problem: none of your files are on it! From school reports to tax documents, saved games to saved music, most of your computer’s usefulness is based on its memory of what you need the most. Without that memory, or files, you’re starting from scratch every time you open a program. The answer, of course, is to transfer all of your old files to your new computer.
Transferring information from one computer to another may be referred to as a data transfer, a file migration, or simply transferring files. There are a few ways to get your old files on your new computer, but the most effective ways fall into three categories: external storage, file transfer software, or discs.
Using this method is relatively straightforward. Using an external hard drive or flash drive, you can move data from one source to the external storage, connect that external storage to the new computer, and then move the files from the external storage to the new PC. It’s just like moving your belongings from your current apartment to the moving truck and from the moving truck to your new house.
A flash drive (often also called a “junk” drive) is a small storage device that can be connected to an electronic device via USB port. An external hard drive sits outside of your computer. Unlike an internal hard drive, it usually sits alone, maybe with a cooling fan. As with most technology, cost depends on size. The more space your flash drive or external drive has available, the higher the price.
File Transfer Software
There are several companies that allow you to store data online, usually for a fee. The most popular are easily found by typing “Web based file storage” or “online file sharing services.” You can also email files to yourself.
It may be an older method, but it works. Simply put your files on CDs, and then transfer the information to your PC via those CDs. You can use rewritable discs, too. A better option is to keep those discs just in case you need them. Backing up your files is always a wise safety measure.
Transferring files need not be an overwhelming task. It also affords you the opportunity to organize your data. Choose the method that’s easiest for you and you’ll soon be on your way to enjoying your new computer even more.