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admin2 On March - 9 - 2011

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The time comes when your old computer just isn’t serving you well. It’s too slow, it has issues, or maybe it is just too old. A new computer would definitely be faster and have more memory. Sooner or later you are going to succumb and dole out your money for a new one.

But hold on — what if there are things on your old computer that you want to keep? I’m talking about old data: photos, files, projects, music and such.

You may decide to just chuck it all along with the old computer and start fresh, but that is not necessary.  There are, as with most things, choices.

1.            Move the hard drive from the old computer to the new. It is possible to physically move your old hard drive into your new computer, but that is not the job for an amateur. You need skills and knowledge to do that. If you are familiar with the innards of computers and how they work, go for it. There are much easier options than this one.

2.            Connect your old computer to your new one with cables and a network card. Again this option is somewhat complicated, and you may encounter a few incompatabilities between the two computers.  We suggest that this should be done by someone with skills and knowledge that the amateur computer user may not have.  If you still want to try it, there are programs available like StepUp that will help you move your data, programs and settings.

3.            Pay someone to move your data. There are some businesses that will, for a nominal fee, move your old data to your new machine. It involves connecting the two machines with a cord, creating a folder on the new computer and transferring all the old data into it. The trouble with that is that they will move everything including the stuff you don’t want to keep, and that’ll take up space on your new computer. You can, of course, take the time afterward to delete those files yourself.

4.            Use portable media like disks or a Zip drive to move it. This way you can pick and choose the precise data you want to keep. It’s easiest if you create a folder on your old computer that you will fill with all of the stuff you want to transfer, and then copy it to a disk, or several disks.

5.            Some people opt to use e-mail to move their data.  It involves sending your files to yourself as e-mail attachments.  When you use your new computer, start up the e-mail program, open up all of the e-mails from yourself, and save the attachments wherever you want. 

It is really important to first check your e-mail account for limitations — Hotmail for example refuses files over 1MB. Make sure you aren’t limited to the size of the attachments or, if you are, make sure your attachments are small enough.

If you have dial-up Internet service, be aware that this process may take a long time. Big files take a long time to upload, and then they take a long time to download.

Don’t get rid of your old computer until you receive all of your e-mail attachments.

6.            If you have a website, you probably know how to transfer files using FTP programs.  Your website documents are parked on a server somewhere out there. It is possible to FTP your data onto the same server that hosts your website. This option will not affect your website unless your old documents have the same name as your website documents, e.g. index.html.  When you use your new computer, use the FTP program to open up your website folder and download your old data. This can take a long time, especially if you have a dial-up connection.

7.            Online data storage is a great option. CollectionMine offers online data storage and backup services.  Once you upload your data onto CollectionMine, you can access it from any computer. Your data is kept safe and secure in a world class data centre. If anything happens to your computer, your data is intact and retrievable. The cost is minimal, but it does take a long time to initially upload your data, especially if you have a dial-up connection. To understand why it takes so long, read this blog article. 

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