Go Back   Hardware Canucks > SOFTWARE > O/S's, Drivers & General Software

    
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old March 19, 2011, 06:10 AM
fishingfanatic's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Hamilton Ont
Posts: 1,225

My System Specs

Smile Import/Export Files

Hi fellow canuckers! I have a laptop that a family member wants me to upgrade to Win7 Ult with their new disc which says anytime upgrade incl. I believe it's currently Win7 Basic.

There is also another computer upgrade on a desktop. Now common sense says to make a copy of all the files to be safe. This is for a friend who runs a charity org, so can't lose the files!!!

This 1 has either 2000 or xp, don't remember which.

If I read correctly, when you upgrade, the files on the current OS will not be lost.

I've never imported/exported files b4 and need the help of the pros here to walk me thru the process in simple layman's terms. Older guy, fairly new to computing, but have built a few systems.

Is it quicker to copy/paste or import/export? I would think the latter, but honestly don't know. Simply connect the 2 computers using ethernet cable?

Thanks in advance folks.
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old March 19, 2011, 07:35 AM
maverick_brent's Avatar
MVP
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Nova Scotia
Posts: 451

My System Specs

Default

my suggestion is to either burn them onto a cd/dvd or move them to an external device. Then theres no way the files are lost. Thats my opinion to be safe.

Mav
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old March 19, 2011, 08:45 AM
grinder's Avatar
Allstar
F@H
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 819

My System Specs

Default

The Files and Settings transfer wizard works very well. Connect the laptop to a external USB hard drive and save the data there. Unplug the USB hard drive during the win7 upgrade process. And restore the data using the same Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.
__________________
Phenom II 945 :: ASUS M4A78-E (780G) :: BFG 285GTX :: 4GB Mushkin DDR2 (5-4-4-12) :: Creative Xi-Fi :: Seagate 500 gig 7200.12 (better than WD BLACK!!!!!) :: Samsung 2493HM
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old March 19, 2011, 10:16 AM
Nodscene's Avatar
Allstar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Toronto
Posts: 920
Default

If data is that important, I'd either use a program like Acronis to ensure you don't miss anything or copy/paste to an external drive then verify the number of files and folders match.
__________________

Create something idiot proof and they will make a better idiot.
_____________________________________

Intel Q6600 - Gigabyte EP35-DS4 - OCZ Reaper 4gig PC2-6400 - XFX 8800GT 512Mb Alpha Dog - AuzenTech X-Fi Prelude - Alesis M1Active MK2 - Corsair HX-620 - Silverstone Temjin TJ05B-X - Scythe Katana 2 - WD Raptor 150Gb - Seagate 7200.11 750Gb x2 - Samsung SH-S203N
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old March 20, 2011, 09:21 PM
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 242
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by fishingfanatic View Post
This 1 has either 2000 or xp, don't remember which.

If I read correctly, when you upgrade, the files on the current OS will not be lost.
Upgrade from XP/2K to Windows 7 is not supported, it has to be a clean install.

Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 - Help & How-to - Microsoft Windows

As others have mentioned the File and Setting wizard does work but your mileage may vary, and when you're working with someone else's system it's not easy to tell if anything was missed.

With 500GB hard drives going for $50-60, I'd consider the additional step of getting a new drive and install W7 on that (after removing the old drive first). That way you can keep the old drive intact and as a backup if at a later date your friend discover something was missed by the transfer wizard.
__________________
iK
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Batch files. encorp O/S's, Drivers & General Software 33 October 8, 2010 11:47 AM
Export PM's to file when inbox full? 0o0 Suggestions & Feedback 2 December 2, 2009 12:13 PM
Managing Video Files SGardiner O/S's, Drivers & General Software 1 September 27, 2009 05:49 PM
SMP stray files Alwaysrun HardwareCanucks F@H Team 3 March 14, 2009 11:43 AM
Restoring files? Phobia O/S's, Drivers & General Software 6 January 19, 2009 12:14 PM