How Do You Transfer Data From an Old PC to a New PC?


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To transfer data from an old PC to a new one, archive older files into storage, back them up elsewhere and transfer the data using cloud storage. It is recommended wipe the old hard drive for security.

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To transfer data from an old PC to a new one, follow the steps below.

  1. Sort and archive older files
  2. Decide which files need to be transferred to the new PC and delete those that do not. Compress the files to keep and archive them on discs, a USB storage device, an external hard drive or cloud-based online storage. Organize the files for more convenient access later.

  3. Backup files
  4. Backup all data on another external hard drive or cloud-based storage service.

  5. Transfer the data
  6. Move or save the files to the OneDrive app if using Microsoft OneDrive, to be accessed later from the new PC. Otherwise, transfer the data manually by plugging in the external hard drive.

  7. Wipe the old hard drive
  8. Completely clear data from the original PC's hard drive by wiping it with specialist software such as Active KillDisk or Softpedia DP Wiper.

Using this software ensures the security of account passwords. It will also make the old PC suitable for sale or donation.

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