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March 22, 2013 8:52:46 AM

Hello,

I recently purchased a new Toshiba 2TB SATA 3 Hard Drive and would like to know what is the best way to trasfer programs from my old hard drive to my new one. I do not want to migrate the whole disk I just want to transfer certain programs. Is there a utility you can recommend or can I just do a simple drag and drop? I got mostly games, movies, MS office, and virus software I want to transfer over.

Thanks,

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March 22, 2013 8:58:50 AM

While the best thing you can do is reinstall the programs individually and I highly advise this there is an imperfect method that you can use. Go to the store, or look online, and purchase Laplink PCMover. It's very inaccurate, and will require you to have an external drive, but its the only shot you have of doing what you are suggesting.
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March 22, 2013 8:59:10 AM

is this a new windows install? moving games and programs, etc, doesn't usually work because they registry entries that point to the files and where they are. If they are on d:\games and you move that to e:\games, it won't work.

You'd be better off cloning the old drive to the new one, remove the old one and then delete what you don't want on the new one.
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March 22, 2013 9:41:56 AM

getochkn said:
is this a new windows install? moving games and programs, etc, doesn't usually work because they registry entries that point to the files and where they are. If they are on d:\games and you move that to e:\games, it won't work.

You'd be better off cloning the old drive to the new one, remove the old one and then delete what you don't want on the new one.


I have done a clean Windows 7 install on the new drive. Same as the old drive OS. Does that still matter?

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March 22, 2013 9:43:58 AM

nbelote said:
While the best thing you can do is reinstall the programs individually and I highly advise this there is an imperfect method that you can use. Go to the store, or look online, and purchase Laplink PCMover. It's very inaccurate, and will require you to have an external drive, but its the only shot you have of doing what you are suggesting.


I do have an external USB drive that I can use but don't want to purchase another software. Is there another I can use that's free or a limited day trial version?
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a b G Storage
March 22, 2013 9:47:17 AM

The problem with trying to move applications without reinstalling them is that the install process may include creating configuration files based on your hardware, OS, other applications installed, also creates Windows registry keys, and the application may also throw files outside of the default program folder to another location (Windows/System32, for instance) and you have no way of knowing which files to copy. The best thing to do is reinstall the applications so all of those pieces are where they need to be.
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a b G Storage
March 22, 2013 9:50:00 AM

To add to that, movies can be drag/drop copied. They are not "applications", but files. It's the movie player you would need to reinstall unless Media Player works for you.
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March 22, 2013 9:55:11 AM

leo2kp said:
The problem with trying to move applications without reinstalling them is that the install process may include creating configuration files based on your hardware, OS, other applications installed, also creates Windows registry keys, and the application may also throw files outside of the default program folder to another location (Windows/System32, for instance) and you have no way of knowing which files to copy. The best thing to do is reinstall the applications so all of those pieces are where they need to be.


Makes sense... I gues I'll transfer the movies and reinstall the programs. Thanks leo2kp!

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March 22, 2013 10:50:53 AM

saltcreep said:
leo2kp said:
The problem with trying to move applications without reinstalling them is that the install process may include creating configuration files based on your hardware, OS, other applications installed, also creates Windows registry keys, and the application may also throw files outside of the default program folder to another location (Windows/System32, for instance) and you have no way of knowing which files to copy. The best thing to do is reinstall the applications so all of those pieces are where they need to be.


Makes sense... I gues I'll transfer the movies and reinstall the programs. Thanks leo2kp!



No problem! Hope everything works out for you.
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