What is the best way to transfer everything from a dying computer to a new one

Discussion in 'Other Paragon Disk Utilities' started by Anna Marie, Dec 15, 2014.

  1. Anna Marie

    Anna Marie Registered Member

    Dec 15, 2014
    Panicking, laptop is dying, new one on the way, no understanding how all this works. Read info that came with program and on forum but just too confusing for me to figure out. Program I bought is Paragram Hard Disk Manager Suite 14.
    I have a Acer 64 bit, windows 7 computer now and going to a new Lenova windows 8 something. I have information on the older computer from several years, several older computers, plus programs that I don't want to loose if possible.

    I bought this program because it advertise you can mirror image everything, hoping I could just put on the new computer, but I thought it would be easier. Problem with my old laptop is that the power connection is broken inside computer and I am having a hard time to get it to work anymore. One of these times I am not going to get it to work again.
  2. TomAZ

    TomAZ Registered Member

    Feb 27, 2010
    You might want to check out Laplink's PCMover.

    Edit: Oops, didn't read your last paragraph carefully, so this may not be an option.
  3. wtsinnc

    wtsinnc Registered Member

    Oct 3, 2008
    Hello Anna Marie.

    Based on the information in your post, it seems you have several options.
    Probably the easiest option would be to simply move files from your old computer via a USB connection to the hard drive of your new computer.

    If you are unable to get your old computer to work or stay on long enough to complete the transfer of the files, turn the old computer off, remove the power cord and battery, and physically remove the hard drive.
    Once removed, the hard drive from your old computer can be installed in an external enclosure and connected to your new computer via USB, giving access to all files without disturbing the install of your new computer.

    A third option would be to use the Paragon Hard Disk Manager to image the old computer's hard drive and, depending on the size of the created image, store that image on another hard drive, USB flash drive, or possibly even a DVD if you have a burner. This option assumes that you have either installed the Paragon Hard Disk Manager on the hard drive of your new computer, installed Paragon Hard Disk Manager on the hard drive of your old computer and created a Recovery Media Builder CD, or your purchased product is on a CD and is not a download.

    In any event, whether the Paragon application you purchased is a download that needs to be installed or is already on a CD, use the program to make regular system images and keep those images on a hard drive that is physically separate from the hard drive in your computer. Having restorable images is the absolute best way to assure recovery of data.
    Learning to create and restore an image will possibly be somewhat confusing at first, but with practice you will become comfortable with the process.
    The purchase of an external hard drive is money well spent. Recommendations as to brand and capacity will vary widely, but research will invariably lead you to several good candidates.
    My only advice is to buy more capacity than you think you will need. At some point in time, you will need that capacity- and probably more.

    Good luck !
  4. Minimalist

    Minimalist Registered Member

    Jan 6, 2014
    EU - Slovenia
    Moving programs from old computer to new might be problematic if you don't reinstall them. If you have installers for those program I would suggest you to reinstall them.