Congratulations, you got a new computer. Whether it’s a graduation present or the perk of a new job, the device gives you a clean slate. But what about all the documents, settings and applications stuck on your old machine?
Here are a few tips for safely moving data and configurations from an old PC to a new one.
Archive files you don’t need
New PCs present opportunities to de-clutter and organize all the files users haven’t touched for years. “Consider archiving them instead of putting them on your new machine,” software analyst Jill Duffy writes in PC Magazine. “Seeing as you've got that clean slate of a new computer, why not keep it clean?” Duffy recommends archiving any files older than three years.
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