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Dario Ferreira
Attleboro, MA
Internet Marketing & SEO

I would use an external drive, this way you have the bonus of the data being backed up in the drive.

May 24, 2022 07:55 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

The easiest way is to have them both on the same network and share out the C drive and/or the documents folder.

From the new computer, go to Start, Run and type in "\\<old computer's name>\c$"   (MS usually has this as a default hidden share for the C drive).  If you shared out the documents you'd replace the "C$" with "Documents" or whatever you named the share.


To share a folder, go one up from the folder you want to share (for example for the Documents folder, you'd go to the User folder (usually the name of the account).  Then right click the folder, select properties, then go to the "Sharing" tab.  This will show you the path that you'd put on the new computer in that run box.  From here, click the share button, then add "everyone" with full control permissions (this will allow you to move the files rather than copy them).


If you have a lot of files, or some very large ones, this will be the simplest way to transfer them.  You setup the copy/move and walk away.  No need to do multiple trips with a USB device or spend money to buy one.  The speed of the transfer is only limited by the speed of your network/wifi/lan cables/etc.

May 24, 2022 08:50 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I have always used either a thumb drive or an external hard drive Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate . It just depends on what I want to transfer. By using a thumb drive I look at each file and determine "do I really need that".

May 24, 2022 08:08 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Whenever I get a new computer, my computer guy transfers everything to an external drive and then uploads it to the new computer. 

May 24, 2022 07:52 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I use an external hard drive, Google Drive or DropBox

May 24, 2022 05:44 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Everytime I get a new computer, I put all my docs, pictures and videos on a Passport, then upload to the new computer.

May 24, 2022 12:10 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Belkin Easy Transfer cable if the computers are the same model, iOS and very close in age. I have most all backed up to Seagate externals. That could be the easiest way for you.

May 24, 2022 10:04 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I use an external hard drive and copy the files to the new laptop. 

May 24, 2022 08:07 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I would give my old computer and my new computer to our wonderful tech people at our Association office and I would let the experts handle the chore.

May 24, 2022 08:11 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I buy a macbook and it says.... hey do you want all your stuff on this new computer and I say. yes.

May 24, 2022 04:07 PM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

I used a thumb drive, kept it for backup.

May 24, 2022 01:22 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Last time I did this you just go computer to computer with a Windows program. Was very easy. 

May 24, 2022 08:01 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I always use an external drive, however it is never quick and easy, it generally takes several days.

May 25, 2022 05:23 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

My son has always done it for me using a cable. I prefer the method offered by Dario Ferreira. Sounds much better! 

May 25, 2022 04:53 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I have someone else do nephew

May 25, 2022 06:50 AM