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  • #1676

    Dzoh
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    Can I transfer the data I have on an old XP computer onto a newer computer simply by physically connecting the two { e.g. USB to USB}?
    Any potential problems?

    Cheers
    John

  • #1677
    Joey
    Joey
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    When you talk about “data”, if you mean files like Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Pictures, Video, Bookmarks. The answer is Yes. If you are talking about full programs, then, No.

  • #1682

    Dzoh
    Member

    Thanks for the helpful information. I had read somewhere that the easy way to save important material from an old Microsoft XP desktop before wiping it clean and putting a Linux OS on it , was to connect the XP to a newer computer using a USB/USB cable. But then came across a piece saying that using that way of transferring data could lead to problems.

  • #1683
    Joey
    Joey
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    np. The easiest way would be to save your important files onto a USB thumbdrive. Then plug that USB thumbdrive into your new computer and transfer the files there. You probably will not be able to put all of your files on your USB thumbdrive at ones. So just transfer as many as you can to your USB stick, then dump those files onto your new computer, delete the files on the USB stick and start the process over again. Do this until you have transferred all of your files. You can also do this with a portable, external hard drive.

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