Transfering files from one computer to another?

August 20, 2019 at 07:59:46
Specs: Windows 10, 64 bit OS/4 GB
Getting a new desktop computer. I have around 2TB of files I'd like to transfer over from my current one. Best Buy says it may take 6 days. I'd like to begin using my new computer ASAP.

I only need access to a few files immediately. Time isn't urgent for the rest. Many years ago I used a cable to transfer files between two computers. Is this a viable idea for me, and if so, what do I need to accomplish this?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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August 20, 2019 at 08:32:00
You can network the two computers and thus access/transfer files that way.

discusses a few methods (mostly pushed by M$-land these days as preferable path when using win-10)

This discussion covers a few options

- and includes this useful how to part way down:

And then there's this - again with assorted images to help.

This is the simple way...

I'd be looking the last two - and quite possibly the last one will be suffice...

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August 20, 2019 at 08:48:33
2TB of data. That's a lot of data that you - presumably - don't want to lose. So, of course, you keep a backup of it on an external drive, don't you? Just restore the files from this backup to your new computer. That's far, far faster than any sort of network connection.

What? You don't have such a backup? Time you did. First thing tomorrow go out and buy an external drive (dead cheap nowadays) and back up those files.That's two birds killed with one stone.

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August 20, 2019 at 15:48:06
"Getting a new desktop computer"
Faster, Better way.....
Remove the hard drive from the old computer. Put the drive into the new computer in a spare bay, plug in the SATA connector and power connector and all of your files are instantly accessible. Transfer the files even as folders from the old drive to the new drive. This is the fastest possible transfer speed if the old drive is SATAIII (Maybe even SATAII) with the exception of PCIe SSD drives (on personal computers).
After the data is transferred over you can restore the drive to the old computer or wipe it clean and use it either for additional storage or a built in back up drive (set Windows to auto back up weekly at least). Even if you do set up the internal back up drive it is a very good idea to purchase an external drive and run regular back ups of your files.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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September 3, 2019 at 05:56:03
For a short list of small files, my answer would be : transfer them using a USB flash drive/memory stick. Size and volume does matter as you state "few files", so I'm assuming this will do, even an 8GB USB at 2.0 speed may even be enough. If those few files are actually large, increase the capacity, and also the speed to a 3.0 USB

Now, for the other files (2TB!) ; ijack's idea to do this via a backup seems like an excellent idea to me as well, since you indeed create both a backup, and you can do the transfer in one go. But, if you do so, you need to copy twice, which will impact time.
The disk itself must be a USB 3.0,
Note that your old computer may not have USB 3.0, only 2.0, which will result in a very slow backup from: Old Computer -> External Drive
If that is the case ... well you have PCI-E to USB3.0 convertors, but to buy this just for this purpose ..

Hard-disk physical transfer: yes, if you have done something like this before. Take in mind your old computer won't work during this process .. Also note, hard disks are relatively fragile. I wouldn't do major works without a backup first ..

Network setup : yes, if you are knowledgeable on Windows networking. And you'll need a hub, router, .. or a crossed cable (does that still exist ?). Networks often perform relatively slowly as data transfer ... I'm talking about cabled network, wireless : don't even think about it.

I'm guessing the shop's solution was to copy via a network, because when you have the material, that is the easiest practical setup which requires only some cables (lying around).

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