problem: Getting everything from your old PC to the new one
to transfer data - Part I
transfer methods - Part II
the programs over
up a new PC - Transferring data and programs
the research firm, estimates that 43 million PCs were sold worldwide in
the last quarter alone. That makes not far off 200 million PCs this
year, or about half a million a day. A large chunk of these PCs are
going to customers who have important data and programs on their old PCs
that they need to transfer over. This article looks at the ways this
transfer can be achieved.
the distinction in the treatment of data vs programs needs to be made.
Copying data is relatively easy. Transferring programs over from the old
(Source) PC to the new (Target) PC is a different proposition. In older
operating systems - like DOS - the installation of a program involved
relatively little or no background activity. All the files and folders
required to run the program were conveniently stored in a folder (then
called directory) created for the purpose. Moving that program
over to another PC involved no more than copying that whole folder
across. Windows has taken that beautifully simple process and applied a
complexity to it in a way that only Windows can. Seemless program
transferring across PCs is now almost an impossibility.
When a program is
installed in Windows there is still the creation of a folder for that
program but there is a lot more that happens behind the scenes. Files
are added to the Windows folder, files are added to other folders, some
existing files are changed, the registry is modified and all of this
makes it tricky to transfer a program over from one PC to another.
Successive versions of Windows came with vast improvements in
reliability and security – or not - but with each new version of
Windows the integration of program and operating system got more and
happens if just the program folder is copied over? That’s an exercise
in futility because the program won’t actually run. It needs to
be installed on the target PC, not copied to it. And that
requires the original installation disk. Or does it? Assuming there was
an easy way of transferring programs over – the job is still not done.
not just data and programs that need transferring over. Users often
spend a great deal of time personalising their PCs, setting passwords,
creating email accounts, doing their banking etc. In an ideal world the
user wants to see the target PC seemlessly take over; they don’t want
to go through all the settings, transfer
all their email, email rules and address books, fine tune all their
application software, games and utilities, recreate templates,
personalise their Windows settings etc.
how is the setting up of the target PC most seemlessly and easily
achieved? First, a look at the process of connectivity – for any data,
program or setting to be copied over the source PC and the target PC
need to have some way of talking to each other and transferring files
across from one to the other. There are two primary ways of doing this
– choosing from a range of external media, or connecting the target PC
directly to the data on the source PC’s hard disk.
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