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January 5, 2018
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Chuck Dunn
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Hi

Had to get new computer.  I do have a Google Cloud with lots and lots and lots of pictures.  But the picture folder on my computer is sadly empty.  Now do I want to fill it or go to the Cloud?  I like it the way the pictures were on my old PC and I downloaded most of all other folders to new PC using, think you call them, thumbdrives.  I have way to many pictures to use the thumbdrives.  Any suggestions or ideas wise one!!Confused

January 7, 2018
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Chuck,

It sounds like you got a new computer before the old one totally died … good for you. 

Generally, I do think you should get used to having all your photos in the cloud rather than your computer – but I understand that you liked the way your pictures were on your old computer – I consider that a backup of the cloud copy. If it were me, I’d copy the complete folder structure with pictures, from the old computer to a USB hard drive. That’s just like a thumb drive but with much greater capacity. If you don’t have one already, they’ve gotten really cheap … I’ve seen 1 Terrabyte drives for $55 – and you don’t need a Terrabyte! Actually, you probably could get a thumb drive with enough capacity – 8GB? 16, or maybe 32?

You can just drag and drop the entire My Pictures folder from the computer to the USB.

January 7, 2018
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Thanks, guess I will have to get a bigger usb hard drive, what ever that is.  Is that different than a thumb drive?. I have one (thumbdrive) that is 64 G’s but my properities show that the photo folder is about 95 G’s.  Like I said “lots and lots of pictures”  Maybe I could do it a bite at a time.

January 10, 2018
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Yes, at 95GB, you could get a 128GB thumb drive, but a USB hard drive, like the Terrabyte one I linked in the first message is probably better. They don’t seem to make them any smaller than a TB these days (that’s roughly 1,000 GB)

Then that hard drive can be plugged in to whatever computer you’re using and all your pictures are available.

January 10, 2018
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Then it is called a USB Hard Drive?  How does it work?  We have a thing called a “Click-Free Backup but it is so full (and confusing to find anything in it)  that we don’t use it.

The old (two years) laptop just slowed way down and then it started to freeze after about ten minutes of operations (repairman said the hard drive was going out) so I have been downloading folders of pictures to the thumb drive until it freezes, pull it out and transfer the pictures to the new PC.  Then start up the old PC and run it till it stops.  Very aggravating  and time consuming.

Thanks for the help and information.SmileSmileSmile

January 12, 2018
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The Click Free you have is a USB Hard drive. It just has some built in software so it can automatically back up your hard drive. If you’re not using it for backup, you can delete everything (format it) and use it as a plain drive. One of our older videos is on using the Click Free for backup.

But, the drive is probably kind of old, and at $55 for a 1 Terrabyte drive, it’s probably advised to buy a new one. You use it for storing any files you want, just like the hard drive in your computer. You can also use it just like the thumb drive, just know that it holds 1,000 times or so what the thumb drive can.

Using the 1 TB drive, you could copy your entire pictures folder from the old computer and then onto the new one. OR – don’t even bother copying to the new computer, just keep the external drive plugged into the USB port and all those pictures will be available to you.

If you need help to learn how to do that, let me know and I’ll do a video.

January 12, 2018
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With the Hard Drive how fast or is it the same speed as the computer?  Which is slloooowww.  On the Clickfree do you know how to check the files?  Maybe I can clear some of them.  Or contact Alex at TechRV or something like that.  I get a lot of stuff for them.

Again thanks for your help

January 18, 2018
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The external hard drive may be a little slower than if you have files directly on the computer’s hard drive.

As for the Click Free – it it still has the Click Free software on it, you should see a tab for “Browse Files” If the Click Free software is not there, then it should just look like files and folders from your This Computer.

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