Transferring files from one computer to another can sometimes be a tricky task. There are a couple of options available. It will all depend on what have you have available to you.
The most popular way to transfer files is to burn them to a cd. For this, you would need a cd burner and a couple of blank CDs. Not only are you moving the files but by burning them to a cd, you are also archiving them. You’ll be thankful that you did when something goes wrong with your computer. If you have a cd burner that is compatible with cd-rw media, then you would be able to just use one cd to transfer. A cd-RW disk offers the option to erase the cd and then rewrite something else to it. Depending on the speed of your cd burner, this could be a quick or timely process. It may be very repetitive if you have a lot of data to transfer.
If you have gigs and gigs of files that need to be transferred, burning to a cd may not be the best option for you. Another route you could take is you could try to network the computers together. This would allow you to transfer the files directly from one system to another. In order to setup up a network, you would need a network card or network adapter in each computer.
If you have Windows XP on your new computer you should be able to network to another windows computer with the exception of Windows 2000 and Windows 95. You may need additional software and driver for those. To find out more about creating a home network, please check your computer’s manual or the original equipment manufacturer of your computer or network card.
With just a few files to transfer, you may not need the trouble of setting up a network. An excellent way to transfer a couple of files from computer to computer is to transfer with a thumb drive. A thumb drive is a small hard drive that can hold anywhere between 16mb to 1 full gig. It is normally a plug and plays device that you would plug into a USB port.
It would show up as a removable drive in My Computer on Windows or if you a Mac user, it would show up on your desktop. If you have an older computer, you may have to install drivers for your USB ports or software for the device to be recognized. Please check your thumb drive manual for more information on the setup for different systems.
Let’s say you want to transfer a few files to multiple systems. An option that might interest you is using the internet to transfer these files. You could sign up for a free or paid hosting service that would host your files. From there, you could download the files to each computer. This works best if the files are small or you have a DSL or Cable connection.
If you’re not afraid to open the computer up, you could just take your old hard drive and hook it up as a secondary or slave drive. This would allow you to transfer the files from hard drive to hard drive, within your computer. Before doing anything to your computer, please consult your computer manual or an experienced computer professional. Never open your computer up while it is still plugged in.
One thing to remember when transferring files is that no matter which way you decide to transfer, there is always the possibility of the files becoming corrupt. It is always best to test each file to assure that the transfer did not corrupt the file. It is not uncommon for one or two files out of a hundred to become corrupt during a transfer. If you have a higher ratio of corrupt files, there may be an issue with the software or media that you are using to transfer the files.