One of the hassles of buying or building a new PC has to do with moving data from the old to the new. This can be programs that you have installed on the old PC and want to use on the new one as well, or files that you require and do not want to lose during the migration.
When it comes to files, we are talking about emails, documents, photos, videos, bookmarks, music and other file types and individual files that you want to have access to on the new PC.
This is especially important if you want to give the old PC away, to a family member, or sell it on eBay, but also if you put it into storage somewhere as it becomes difficult or even impossible to access those files once you have made that decision.
You can use backup software for that, but most programs require that you configure them properly as they are not designed for data migration tasks. You need to locate the browser profile directories, email storage, document folders, or the folders where all your photos are stored in.
IObit PCtransfer review
IOBit PCtransfer is a free simple solution that provides you with the means to back up important files with a single click. The program checks the following locations or programs by default:
- The desktop and all files.
- My Music and My Pictures folder.
- Videos, movie clips and Flash.
- Email storage (Thunderbird and Outlook on the test system, maybe more).
- Browser favorites and settings (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Opera).
- Documents (under User and Public folders).
- Chat data (MSN, Skype and AIM).
- Downloads (under User folder).
- AIMP Playlist.
- iTunes downloaded data.
- qBittorrent Settings.
- IObit Product settings
It is likely that other entries are displayed to you depending on which programs you have installed on your system.
The program displays an add files button that you can use to add additional folders or files to the backup job.
Just click on it and use the folder and file browser to select the data that you want included in the backup.
The only other option that you have is to select a different backup location. Here you also see the required space to run the backup.
Once done, hit the backup button to get started. You may receive a notification that programs are still opened which can lead to backup errors if you continue. You can ignore that message, or click on the ok button to force close the program windows.
The data is automatically backed up to the pctransfer directory on the selected drive. If it does not exist by default, it is created during the process.
All that is left to do then is to move the data to the new PC, for instance via network transfer, Flash drives, or optical discs, run the PCtransfer program on the target computer, and select the restore option there.
PCtransfer is an easy to use program that is best suited for users who want to backup many important data locations automatically on their system. While it can be used to move the files to another PC, it is not really required to do so.
The program could use a couple of additional options though. It would be great if you would get more choice in regards to the target location of the backup, or an option to burn directly to DVD.
Additionally, it does not compress or encrypt data, or provide options to do so. While you can do so on your own, you should keep that in mind as the data can be read by anyone with access to the folder.