Probably a naive question for which I apologise in advance!! Can I copy the whole of the hard disc of my pc, by that I mean all programs, files etc etc (including OE and saved mail) to an external hard drive and upload onto another computer? (I am thinking of buying a new computer but want to transfer all my data etc,) On ‘my computer’ properties it shows that I have used 55 gb of memory. I believe there is a program that will also do this….any ideas?? Thanks! Mavro
In short - No You can do most of these things the way you imagine, but even an image file made with purpose designed software (Acronis) will not transfer (and run) to a different computer.
The OS is the problem. Since Windows XP and onwards the OS is sensitive to the computer on which it has been installed and requires "activation" by Microsoft before it is able to run for more than a few days.
Applications too, need to be integrated with the particular OS and Computer and require installation once the operating system is validated.
Data (your letters, pictures, broadsheets, music etc.)is an entirely different matter and can be copied wherever you wish.
You can backup the whole lot and restore it all back to say a new HD, but it has to be the original PC.
There is a product called PCMover made by LapLink that will migrate installed applications from one PC to another. I used an older (and free - it was a special offer) verison of it to move a clients applications from from an XP Home desktop to his new XP Pro laptop without problems. It was easy. The new version claims to work between XP and Windows 7 (with the caveat that some XP applications may not run correctly under Windows 7) - sorry I can't vouch for the new version but I'm sure someone here can. click here click here