How to Transfer Files From PC to PC

How to Transfer Files From PC to PC

Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

There are a few different ways to effortlessly set up another PC or transfer documents from one PC to another utilizing a cloud storage administration, transfer cables, or external hard drives.

Every strategy has its advantages and disadvantages, however, all are similarly successful. Note: Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7.

Transfer Files Using a Cloud Storage Service

How to Transfer Files From PC to PC

Apart from putting away information exclusively on your PC, information can be securely stored with your cloud supplier and surprisingly recuperated on the off chance that you endure issues with your PC. One allowed to utilize cloud storage alternative is Dropbox, which permits you to move documents from one PC to another.

Note: Dropbox makes moving documents easy because you can store anything you may require in the cloud and access it from any place you have a web association.

  • Download and introduce the Dropbox desktop app on the two PCs.
  • Ensure the Dropbox organizer is available on the two PCs’ hard drives, and the Dropbox symbol shows up in the Windows system plate.
  • Sign in to your Dropbox account on the two PCs after establishment or sign up for a new account.
  • Open My Dropbox on the PC containing the documents you need to move.
  • Open File Explorer and select any documents or folder you need to relocate.
  • Simplified chosen things to the Dropbox folder on your hard drive to transfer them to your Dropbox account.
  • However long the PCs you’re utilizing have web connections, and the two PCs are endorsed into Dropbox, every one of your records should move effectively.

Note: Depending on the measure of information moved from one PC to another, the cycle may take some time and may be affected by your web association quality. Keep the two PCs endorsed in, guarantee they stay on, and abstain from changing any settings during the exchange.

  • You’ll realize the exchange process is done when a green circle with a checkmark shows up alongside the information in your Dropbox folder on the PC you’re moving to.
  • You should then see the documents and folders on the two PCs. You can leave the information in Dropbox or reorder them into the ideal area on the new PC.

Note: Before erasing any documents or playing out a hard drive wipe, sign out of Dropbox and uninstall the application from your old PC first. On the off chance that the two PCs are as yet endorsed in, and matched up records will be taken out on the two PCs.

Transfer Files Using Transfer Cables

While this strategy could be viewed as old-school, transfer cable gives a dependable method to move information starting with one PC then onto the next. Indeed, even without a web association, an exchange cable allows you to move documents between PCs that are actually near one another.

Transfer cables can likewise move information from Windows XP up through Windows 10 utilizing worked in programming to move records.

  • Ensure the two PCs are turned on and Windows is chipping away at every PC.
  • Append the USB cable to a USB port on your new PC.
  • Sit tight for the new PC’s working system to enlist that the exchange cable has been associated, then, at that point connect the USB information transfer cable to your old PC.
  • Select the Windows Start button. On your Windows 7 PC, look for “Windows Easy Transfer” utilizing Windows search, then, at that point press Enter.

Note: If you’re utilizing Windows 10, Easy Transfer isn’t accessible. In any case, Microsoft has cooperated with Laplink to bring to the table limited memberships to PCmover Express, which will move your documents in a similar way.

  • The Easy Transfer wizard will stack on your old PC. Follow the prompts to be guided through the exchange interaction. You’ll have to choose what information to move from your old PC to your new PC.
  • Sit tight for the record move to be finished. Ensure the two PCs stay on and check your new PC to guarantee every one of the records has been moved.

Transfer Files Using an External Hard Drive

In the event that you need to buy an external hard drive to move information starting with one PC then onto the next, this strategy can immediately turn out to be more costly than different choices. Be that as it may, it is quite possibly the most dependable.

Saving your records on an external hard drive likewise gives an incredible reinforcement choice if the information is at any point deleted from one or the other PC. Moving your records to your new machine is pretty much as simple as relocating them into your new PC.


The first step in quite a while starting with one PC then onto the next utilizing an outside hard drive is to duplicate the documents you need to move to the outer drive.

It’s a straightforward interaction, yet can be tedious on the off chance that you’re moving bunches of records or tremendous documents.

  • Interface the outer hard drive to your old PC.
  • Select the Windows Start button.
  • Open File Explorer.
  • In the event that the external hard drive is effectively associated with the PC, an External Drive Icon will be apparent in File Explorer’s rundown of gadgets. Guarantee there’s sufficient free space for your information.

Note: If you are uncertain which symbol will open your external hard drive, search for a symbol with the name of the gadget. Well-known brands of external hard drives incorporate Western Digital, HP, or Seagate.

  • Select the records you need to move and duplicate them to the external hard drive.
  • Move a solitary record by moving it into the external hard drive. Then again, you can move various scrapes by holding down the Ctrl key, clicking each document, then, at that point hauling them into the external hard drive.


Whenever you’ve replicated the documents from your old PC, it’s an ideal opportunity to duplicate them once more, however to your new PC. The cycle works similarly to adding documents to the external hard drive.

  • Associate the external hard drive to your new PC.
  • Open File Explorer on your new PC and peruse your folder to discover the area for your imported documents to be duplicated.
  • Get back to the Start Menu and open a second File Explorer window. Find the Local Disk C: symbol under This PC to ensure there is sufficient free space for your information.
  • From the new File Explorer window, select the external hard drive.
  • Explore the hard drive’s information until you discover the folder with the documents you need to import. Intuitive the chose records from the external hard drive to duplicate them to your new PC.
  • Close both File Explorer windows when all your information has been moved.