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New desk top - how to transfer hard drive programs to new computer
May 1, 2011
10:45 am
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I just bought a new updated desk top. My old one was not able to keep up any more. My questions are:

1) How do I transfer my data and programs from my old computer to my new one?

 

2) How do I transfer my Picasa pictures from my old computer to my new exactly as it is now with all of the dates by year and then individual dates intact?

   a) How do I make a dvd of each individual year on year at a time? Is it in the Picasa book?

 

 3) How do I keep my same email address so the new computer is recognized as the old and I have uninterruped service?  

 

I have to say that I have waited this long to get a new desk top due to this situation. I don't want to just start over. I would like to just pick up where I left off but with a new computer. I hope that is possible. Thank you for your help and input!

 

Tom

May 1, 2011
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Getting a new computer and transferring everything over is big task.  You're not the only one who avoids it as long as possible.  It's a lot like moving from one house to another and I, for one, like to do some cleaning out in the process … but usually just end up moving everything and then claiming that I will clean up later!  🙂

 

Assuming you're moving to Windows 7 … there is a utility called Easy Transfer that works pretty good.  It transfers all your files and settings.  If you're willing to spend about $40, there is a program called PCMover that will transfer all files, settings *and* programs.  I didn't think it could be done until I saw it!  Either of these methods requires a special cable, and it will do a blanket transfer, not allowing for much house-cleaning on the way.  You can also pay your local computer store to do this for you.

The way you're *supposed* to transfer to a new computer is:

1. Install programs from scratch – this ensures you still have the proper disks and/or usernames and passwords.  It also ensures that the settings are appropriate for your new computer.

2. Copy the files you want (leaving the ones you don't) to an intermediary device like a USB hard drive, and paste them into their new locations.

3. Picasa specific instructions: the best way to transfer all your photos with Picasa is to do a complete backup of the old computer's pictures to a USB hard drive.  Use Picasa's Backup tool to do this.  Then use Picasa's Restore facility to put them on the new computer.  See my article 'Move Pictures to a New computer' for details.  It will be important that your user name on the new computer be the same as the old, and you choose Restore to Original Locations.

Hope that helps!  Whatever technique you use, be prepared for at least a week of 'tweaking.'

May 2, 2011
8:45 pm
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How do I just do a year by year dvd and then transfer – what do you think of that process. Just worried I can't keep all together or will lose something in the process.

Thanks for your help

May 3, 2011
4:42 am
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1) I don't remember my user name now – it has been 6 years or so. How can I look that up on my old computer?

 

2) Do they make a devise that you can install your old hard drive in to make it an external HD?

 

Thank you,

 

Tom

May 3, 2011
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Your user name should be at the top of your start menu.  It also shows in My Computer file structure.  The 'My Documents' folder has your username on it if you go to My Computer, C drive, Users.

 

Yes!  There are enclosures for internal hard drives so you can use them as an external USB drive to the new computer.  Jim has one, I don't know any details.  Google for USB hard drive enclosures.

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