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Mar 14, 2019 13:18:52   #
TriX (a regular here)
 
Dikdik wrote:
Likely won't work... files are installed in numerous directories and there are modifications to the Registry that cannot be copied.

Dik


I know that. I was suggesting installing the apps on the new machine using the installation package for each ap from the download folder... (not my first rodeo 😎)

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Mar 14, 2019 13:28:19   #
SteveR (a regular here)
 
Since you use Windows, I suggest using the .com command and copy everything manually. That way files will be copied to the exact place in the exact way that you want them to be copied. You won't copy everything at one time, so it will be done in manageable pieces. I also copy my files manually to my backup drives. I don't like how software does it.

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Mar 14, 2019 14:23:40   #
Dikdik
 
JohnSwanda wrote:
It's an Apple utility built into Macs called Migration Assistant.


Thanks...

Dik

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Mar 14, 2019 17:52:28   #
Harry0 (a regular here)
 
JohnSwanda wrote:
It's an Apple utility built into Macs called Migration Assistant.

I was just about to say that. It works pretty well.
Yes for PCs cloning a drive for exact like to like works. Otherwise it could brick.
I haven't used it, but there's an app: "EaseUS" being used popularly.

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Mar 15, 2019 07:28:05   #
bpulv (a regular here)
 
MikeMck wrote:
I am in the market for a new laptop. I am also in the market for an application that I can use to transfer all my data and applications from my old laptop to my new laptop My question, has anyone used one of these programs with success? Thank you.


The only laptop you should consider is an Apple for multiple reasons. First, for photo editing, the apple can't be beat in terms of picture quality. It has a true Adobe RGB color gamut. Also, using Apple's built in Migration Assistant software is a snap or if you prefer, Apple will move your files free of charge. Additionally, noone backs their products like Apple if you need service or free training, etc. An Apple costs more up front, but you will find that over a period it will actually cost you less because you will not need expensive upgrades every couple of years to keep up with the times.

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Mar 15, 2019 08:08:10   #
Joe 88
 
I use TigerDirectB2B@p.tigerdirect.com for all my PC, laptops and assa for over 5 years great deals. They MACs on sell if your in need for them. also great for external hard drives I have 3 in my PC 500 1TB and 3 TB sidled state and a 2TB, 5TB, and 10TB external hard drives.NO I have never filled one yet. I have over 10 M of photos in name files and other bull. One is for templates only about 2 or 3 T. 5 years ago I stared getting them and can't stop. Have a chicken box fill of CDs which I put on x hard drive. I've had 50 PCs over 5 years all from TigerDirect, one of grandkid ask why so minty PCs I up grad then give the old ones to my grandkids and great grandkids I have 41 as of two weeks ago. I hope this will help, anGODbless

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Mar 15, 2019 08:36:23   #
CPR
 
With my windows machines I use a 3 tb external drive and just copy data files, the desktop files and the Outlook email files to the 3tb external drive. This provides a backup copy and then I can copy these files into the new machine. All the software gets reinstalled.
The biggest trouble is that the new pc's have so much junk software preinstalled. You want to get rid of as much of that crXX as possible first.

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Mar 15, 2019 09:14:58   #
RichieC
 
You gather a lot of crap in day to day use onto a hard drive. I'd go with a clean install, maybe mount the old drive in an external enclosure so you can access files as needed. Copy things over when you come to them, as this will also make it easier to locate the culprit if anything causes a problem.

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Mar 15, 2019 09:44:39   #
TriX (a regular here)
 
bpulv wrote:
The only laptop you should consider is an Apple for multiple reasons. First, for photo editing, the apple can't be beat in terms of picture quality. It has a true Adobe RGB color gamut. Also, using Apple's built in Migration Assistant software is a snap or if you prefer, Apple will move your files free of charge. Additionally, noone backs their products like Apple if you need service or free training, etc. An Apple costs more up front, but you will find that over a period it will actually cost you less because you will not need expensive upgrades every couple of years to keep up with the times.
The only laptop you should consider is an Apple fo... (show quote)


Apples use the same hardware as PCs. Same CPUs, DRAM, Disk, etc., so no difference in longevity or need to upgrade. In fact, Apples in general are very difficult to upgrade if at all. CPUs and memory are often soldered in, and the cases are very difficult to open, requiring special tools and skills to avoid damage, and repairs, if needed, can be very expensive. In fairness, most laptops have very limited upgrade capability, usually just memory. MacBooks have very nice lightweight packaging (MacBook Air) and nice displays. There support is very prompt in answering calls, but the resolution of issues may or may not be so quick. I’ve had a serious SW issue (involving access to data) case open with Apple for over 3 months with no resolution even though they “recognize the problem”.

In general, one should pick their SW aps and then choose the best platform to run them on and the OS that you are most comfortable and experienced with.

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Mar 15, 2019 09:56:59   #
cdayton (a regular here)
 
I transfer the data onto an external hard drive then onto the new device. That way, I have a backup rather than risking something going amiss during a direct transfer. As others have mentioned, almost all programs that aren’t simply stand-alone exe files will need to be reinstalled.

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Mar 15, 2019 10:06:04   #
Earnest Botello (a regular here)
 
Harry0 wrote:
I was just about to say that. It works pretty well.
Yes for PCs cloning a drive for exact like to like works. Otherwise it could brick.
I haven't used it, but there's an app: "EaseUS" being used popularly.


I have used EaseUS many times and it works great, it duplicates your entire drive and it is bootable from the get-go. I don't know, but years ago it was a free download.

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Mar 15, 2019 11:14:16   #
presidentspilot
 
Best and easiest answer?..Buy Acronis True Image software!..Ya can't screw-up,.. and when done, you can boot-up the second laptop EXACTLY like you did the first one! It makes a COMPLETE COPY of your master laptop and moves EVERYTHING, (OS AND DATA) at one time, to the second laptop. When done moving the WHOLE IMAGE, just boot up the new laptop!..Simple!! Over the years I have tried other software, NOT WANTING TO PAY,...but when I used Acronis, I found it was the ONLY re-imaging program I would ever use. I use Acronis, REPEATEDLY, to make back-ups of EVERYTHING, so in case my first computer won't boot, my ACRONIS-backup hard/solid state drive WILL!! It is the ONLY program I have EVER PAID FOR, but well worth it!!

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Mar 15, 2019 11:20:10   #
burkphoto (a regular here)
 
MikeMck wrote:
I am in the market for a new laptop. I am also in the market for an application that I can use to transfer all my data and applications from my old laptop to my new laptop My question, has anyone used one of these programs with success? Thank you.


On Macs, use Apple Migration Assistant. It can move files from PC to Mac, Mac to Mac, or a drive to a Mac. It can take hours to move 500 GB, though, so allow LOTS of time.

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Mar 15, 2019 13:02:00   #
nadelewitz (a regular here)
 
On Windows, apps should be installed on new computer. Few Windows apps can be just copied, though some can.
You don't need any software to copy data over. Copy data from old computer to external media, then copy onto new computer. Simple. External hard drive, flash drives, SD cards, whatever.

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Mar 15, 2019 13:53:12   #
burkphoto (a regular here)
 
jaymatt wrote:
With Mac you can easily transfer from an old to a new machine, either by attaching a cable or doing it wirelessly. Using the cable is faster, but not necessary.


Yes. I just did this last week. I put a new SSD in my son's MacBook Pro, along with double the RAM memory. Removing the broken optical drive and replacing it with an OWC Data Doubler allowed me to just ADD the SSD and keep the old hard drive.

Once the Mac was back together, I used Migration Assistant to move EVERYTHING (data and apps) to the new drive. It took several hours, but it worked perfectly.

Parallels Desktop is a PC emulator program that can even import an entire Windows drive image directly to a Mac, and then run it just as it ran on your PC. I used it for years so I didn't have to carry two computers (I needed both to run my software and develop cross-platform databases).

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