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Best way to transfer files from old laptop to new desktop?

cstleddy 822 165 July 8, 2012 at 01:31 PM
My dad is getting a new desktop to replace his old laptop.
What is the best way to transfer files from old to new?
He has Adobe Lightroom and about 2,000 photo library. What's the best way to move that?

He'll have a coronary if he's missing any photos. My last laptop to desktop move a few years ago I used Windows Easy Transfer and finding out I have photos that didn't make the move. That laptop has been wiped clean now. I don't want to put him through the same.

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Use Lan cable to transfer data.
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yes network will be easiest next would be pull drive and install in new pc
if that is not possible use this
http://www.amazon.com/USB-2-0-SAT...B001OOXBBG

but USB will be slower
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My dad is getting a new desktop to replace his old laptop.
What is the best way to transfer files from old to new?
He has Adobe Lightroom and about 2,000 photo library. What's the best way to move that?

He'll have a coronary if he's missing any photos. My last laptop to desktop move a few years ago I used Windows Easy Transfer and finding out I have photos that didn't make the move. That laptop has been wiped clean now. I don't want to put him through the same.
There are many ways, as I am sure you know, but what I consider the best when there's a large quantity of data, is to remove the HD from the laptop and plug it in as an internal hard drive into the new PC and go straight from one HD to the other, copying twice, just in case. (I don't mean duplicates, just doing the job twice)
If you don't have a spare SATA data cable, take it from the DVD temporarily.
If all he has is a couple of thousand photos, amounting to 5 or 6 gigs, then you could get a $10 or less USB 2.5 SATA case and transfer it that way.
If you own an external hard drive, you can copy all the DATA (twice again, just to be sure) then put it in the PC.
Finally, if he has a small quantity of data, you can burn approx 4 gigs per DVD, if that suits you, so as to be able to transfer it all and have a security copy too.

If your question revolves more around using a copy program of sorts, I see no use for them when Windows 7 does such a great job doing it.
BTW: If your Dad uses an email client like Outlook for instance, make sure you copy the relevant files, as they can be hidden a bit deep in App Data.
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1) You should be able to install the old hard drive in the new computer using a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter. Use a SATA cable and a spare power adapter or Molex to SATA adapter.

2) Hook both computers to a router. Establish a network or use a crossover cable between the 2 computers.

3) Transfer Files from One Computer to Another via USB Cable

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1) You should be able to install the old hard drive in the new computer using a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter. Use a SATA cable and a spare power adapter or Molex to SATA adapter.


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I didn't know what you meant at first, but if his laptop is super old, he might have an IDE drive in there, in which case he would be needing an adapter, otherwise the SATA connections are the same on 2.5 and 3.5 hard drives.
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My vote is for transferring the files over the network if you have a network, and use the robocopy utility in order to copy whole folders from one computer to the next.
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Transfer over network. External Hard drive would work too and might be faster if you just have wifi.

You can backup a lightroom catalog. This will be the database files but not the photo files themselves. You will need both pieces to "restore" everything on the new computer. Hopefully he has a good organization structure, like putting all of the photos in side folders for each shoot or event and all of those are in one main root folder. On the new machine once the files are moved, lightroom is installed, and the database is restored it will ask for the location of the pictures since that more than likely has changed. You go and locate the root folder and it should take care of verifying all of the photos inside at different layers. I have done this a few times through upgrades, reformats, etc.

Couple of other things. Don't cut, copy instead. This way he can begin to use the new machine and make list of stuff that has gone missing so it can be retrieved. Also since he is a photographer, does he have a good (automatic hopefully) backup strategy? If he would die from problems transferring photos to a new machine, how would he react to a drive failure, or natural disaster?
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Transfer over network. External Hard drive would work too and might be faster if you just have wifi.

You can backup a lightroom catalog. This will be the database files but not the photo files themselves. You will need both pieces to "restore" everything on the new computer. Hopefully he has a good organization structure, like putting all of the photos in side folders for each shoot or event and all of those are in one main root folder. On the new machine once the files are moved, lightroom is installed, and the database is restored it will ask for the location of the pictures since that more than likely has changed. You go and locate the root folder and it should take care of verifying all of the photos inside at different layers. I have done this a few times through upgrades, reformats, etc.

Couple of other things. Don't cut, copy instead. This way he can begin to use the new machine and make list of stuff that has gone missing so it can be retrieved. Also since he is a photographer, does he have a good (automatic hopefully) backup strategy? If he would die from problems transferring photos to a new machine, how would he react to a drive failure, or natural disaster?
Thanks. I like your suggestion about transferring over a network. I'll have to see what he's got set up when I get there. Not sure what's wireless and what's not. I've been meaning to get him an external drive for backups. I know he doesn't have anything other than the 250GB internal HDD in the laptop and that is maxed out. I won't see him for a month. I hope his old system doesn't crash before I get there.
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have him put the pictures up on a file sharing site of picture sharing site like picassa
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Quote from cstleddy View Post :
Thanks. I like your suggestion about transferring over a network. I'll have to see what he's got set up when I get there. Not sure what's wireless and what's not. I've been meaning to get him an external drive for backups. I know he doesn't have anything other than the 250GB internal HDD in the laptop and that is maxed out. I won't see him for a month. I hope his old system doesn't crash before I get there.
An external hard drive would be a start but only if he uses it on a regular basis. I like to unplug mine when not in use to protect it from several things. Also backups are not backups if you dont backup. I like cloud solutions for this because they are automated and protect from onsite problems like fire, theft, etc.

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have him put the pictures up on a file sharing site of picture sharing site like picassa
Ya this could be a partial solution. My guess is he is shooting RAW or DNG though if he has 2000 photos but has filled a 250gb hd. Last time I checked Picassa did not accept raw or DNG? Has this changed? Picasa also wont protect his lightroom databases which are where the develop settings are stored. So if you had a HD failure loosing all your editing would be huge.
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I vote for an external hard drive they are cheap and you can keep the photos on there as an additional backup spot. An easier method would be to use a cloud storage for backup and transfer a lot of free ones out there.
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Windows Easy file transfer works like a charm. Do it with a portal drive or over a network. I've done it on thousands of computers. You'd be surprised at how well it pulls everything you need.
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Windows Easy file transfer works like a charm. Do it with a portal drive or over a network. I've done it on thousands of computers. You'd be surprised at how well it pulls everything you need.
Thousands of computers.....laugh out loud

I tried windows easy transfer at some point but it didn't transfer the things out of standard locations and didn't preserve 3rd party programs. It did transfer pretty much all the junk I didn't need and made useless duplicate copies of several things in my user profile. Not to mention it's a lot slower than simply copying the files over.
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Easy transfer has an advanced mode where you can choose what to bring over or not, no free programs will preserve applications

If you are running XP on both you could try pc mover or aloha bob bob was purchased by Microsoft and killed but can still be found

http://www.amazon.com/Alohabob-Re...=aloha+bob

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