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Tips: How to transfer files and settings to an external drive usingtheWindows Easy Transfer feature

We’ve already discussed about transferring the files from an older to a newer computer and in a network from different computers using the Windows Easy Transfer feature. In such a way, this is another method of transferring the files. This time, let’s discuss about transferring the files to any external hard drive or to a USB Flash Drive. This is one of the simplest steps to transfer the files to the external sources unlike copying and pasting.
•    First, connect an external hard drive or a USB flash drive to the new computer.
•    As we’ve discussed in the previous articles, you can select “This is my new computer” option in the Which computer are you using now? Window.
•    This time, it is unlike previous methods. It is required to select NO in the Has Windows Easy Transfer already saved your files from your old computer.
•    After that, you can select I need to install it now in the “Do you need to install Windows Easy Transfer on your old computer?” window.



Important Notes:
o    If you’ve already installed Windows Easy Transfer on the old computer that has Windows XP or Windows Vista, click I already installed it on my old computer, go to your old computer, open Windows Easy Transfer and perform the steps directly.
o    Whereas if the old computer has Windows 7, click My old computer is running Windows 7 , go to you old computer, open Windows Easy Transfer and perform the transfer process. In the How do you want to install Windows Easy Transfer on you old computer? window, click External hard disk or USB flash drive depending on the device you are using.
1.    Now, in the Browse for Folder window, you can browse to and click to select the drive or folder where you like to save the file.
2.    Makes sure that the Windows Easy Transfer installation files will be copied to the drive.
3.    After that, remove the USB flash drive or the external hard drive from the new computer and connect it to the old computer.



4.    Remove the USB flash drive or external hard disk from the new computer and connect it to the old computer.
5.    If the Windows Easy Transfer process automatically starts, you can skip the next step.
6.    Now, on the old computer, open the folder or drive where the Windows Easy Transfer file was saved.
7.    After that, double click Windows Easy Transfer.
Important Notes:
o    If prompted for an administrator password or a User Account Control prompt is displayed, type the appropriate password, click Continue or click Yes .
o    You may be prompted to install the latest service pack update. Therefore, if prompted, you can install the service pack.



8.    Now, in the Windows Easy Transfer window, you can click the Next button.
9.    After that, it is required to select An external hard disk or USB flash drive in the Windows Easy Transfer window and click the Next button.
10.    Then, in the What do you want to use to transfer items to your new computer? window, click An external hard disk or USB flash drive .
11.    Now, click Next and in the Which computer are you using now? window, click This is my old computer .
Important Notes:
The Windows Easy Transfer feature will check the computer to determine what files can be transferred.
12.    In the Choose what to transfer from this computer window, choose the desired files and folders you would like to transfer.
13.    It is required to choose the desired files to transfer from the Choose what to transfer from this computer window.
14.    Now, you can select the following transfer options.
•    If you wish to select by user, you can click the checkbox next to a user account to select or remove it.
•    Then, click on the Next button.
•    If you wish to select by files categories, you can go with the following procedure.
1.    Under the desired user account, click Customize .
2.    Click the checkbox next to a file category to select or remove it.
3.    Close the file categories pop-up window and then click the Next button.
Moreover, if you wish to select by individual files and folders, you can use the following feature.
1.    It is required to click Customize Under the desired user account.
2.    After that, you can click Advanced in the file categories pop-up window.
3.    Now, click the checkbox next to a file or folder in the Modify your selections window.
4.    Then, click on the save button and then click on the next button.
5.    You can enter a password in the Password field and then click the save button in the “Save for easy transfer file window.
6.    Now, it is required to browse to the USB flash driver or external hard drive and then click the save button. It is required to select this option in the Save your files and settings for transfer window.
Make sure that the default file name is Windows Easy Transfer – Items from old computer. If you wish you may change it, but be sure to write down the file name.
7.    It is required to click the Next button, in the These files and settings have been saved for your transfer window.
8.    Then, click the Next button and then click the Close button in the Your transfer file is complete window.
9.    Now, you can remove the USB flash drive or external hard drive from the old computer and connect it to the new computer.



10.    Then, on the new computer, click Start, click Computer and open the drive that corresponds to the USB flash drive or external hard drive, locate the file you saved in step 14 and then double-click it.
If the file is password protected, it is required to enter the appropriate password and click the next button.
11.    Now, click the Transfer button in the Choose what to transfer to this computer window.
12.    You can click See what was transferred in the Your transfer is complete now window to view a report on the files are transferred.
13.     Moreover, the program report will provide a list of suggested applications you may want to install.
14.     Now, click the Close button.
Important Notes:
If you find that the user account does not exist on the new computer, it will be created, the file and settings will be transferred to the appropriate folders under the specific user accounts.

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