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Windows 7: Which external harddrive do I use for Windows Easy Transfer(XP to W7)?


18 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
Which external harddrive do I use for Windows Easy Transfer(XP to W7)?

Hello,

I'm trying to tranfer files from my XP pc to my new pc with Windows 7. I know I need W.E.T. and an external HD. I found this one that I wanted to get:

Newegg.com - TOSHIBA Canvio 320GB USB 2.0 Raven Black Portable External Hard Drive E05A032CAU2XK

However, when I started reading reviews on it on Amazon.com...one of the users stated that he could not use it for the transfer since the preloaded software isn't compatible windows 7, even though the website for the product says the harddrive is.

So my question is which external hard drive (brand or type) do I have to choose to do this?


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18 Jan 2011   #2

Vista 64 Ultimate, Windows 7 64 Ultimate, Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

I did it using a USB 32Gb flash drive since I doubt you'll need more than 32Gb that should work as long as you have downloaded and installed Windows Easy Transfer on your XP PC.

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18 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks.

But I have about 100-120 gb worth of music, movies, and documents to move over.

I thought everything had to be moved at once...can they be moved over in chunks?

Also, I really didn't want to go over $60.
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18 Jan 2011   #4

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Start the Easy Transfer Program & see if it gives you an estimate how much HD space you will need.
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18 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Any external hard drive would work, assuming it is large enough to hold your data. I would recommend doing it manually, rather than letting some program try to decide what is important to you or not. This way, you are sure to get everything you need.
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18 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Any external hard drive would work, assuming it is large enough to hold your data. I would recommend doing it manually, rather than letting some program try to decide what is important to you or not. This way, you are sure to get everything you need.
So the one I put in the first post should work?

What do you mean manually?
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18 Jan 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Yes, that should work fine, but if you can go bigger, there's no harm in that. Manually means don't rely on some wizard to guess at what data is important. Just cut/copy and paste what you need to the external drive. I wouldn't ever trust some software to do that for me, when it is so simple to do it myself. Besides...I know what apps and data I store on my computer, so I'll know what I need to save.
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19 Jan 2011   #8

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-179-_-Product

I'm probably going to it.

But could you guess as to why this person said this, what could they have done wrong?:


"I purchased this in order to backup my files so I could upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7. The product says that it is compatible with both so I didn't worry. Now that I have Windows 7 on my computer I can't restore my files because it says that the preloaded software is not compatible with Windows 7. How can the hard drive be compatible and the software not! You can't get them off manually because the file type is not supported by Windows 7 either."
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19 Jan 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Some drives come with pre-loaded software that's usually junk and might not be compatible. Honestly, I format my external drives as soon as I take them out of the box, because I don't need/use any of the preloaded junk.
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19 Jan 2011   #10
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Any external hard drive would work, assuming it is large enough to hold your data. I would recommend doing it manually, rather than letting some program try to decide what is important to you or not. This way, you are sure to get everything you need.
+1 absolutely. Too many people had trouble with Easy Transfer. Just copy the files from XP to any external drive. Then at least you know that it works. On the Windows 7 side, copy them back into the appropriate folders in the library.

You can use this function in XP and Windows 7 (beats Copy/paste): Context Menu - Add Copy To Folder and Move To Folder
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