In this article, we will learn how to backup your entire PC to an external USB hard drive, and the restore everything to a different computer, including your programs, profile, settings, documents, pictures, music, movies, favorites, wallpaper and everything else.
Doing a transfer by means of a USB external hard drive is a handy way to copy your stuff to a new computer without having to deal with network connections (and it is faster as well).
Manual transfers using USB drives usually involve just copying a bunch of documents. In this tutorial, we’ll perform a complete transfer, copying programs, settings, profiles and all files.
The first step in a transfer like this is to back up everything you’ve got to the USB drive. The product we will be using for this is Zinstall Migration Kit Pro, which allows to easily back up, and most importantly easily restore programs, settings and files after reinstalling Windows (even if you are switching to a different Windows version!). Alternatively, you can also use any 3rd party backup product that can perform a full system image backup, although that would only allow you to restore files, not programs.
Here is how to do it:
Your stuff is now safely stored on the USB drive.
That’s it – you have a moved to your new computer using the USB hard drive, and got all your programs and files back where they were!
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