Save $20 - Buy PCmover Professional!
How do I migrate my data from an old hard drive to a new one if they are both installed on the same computer?

Cause

Solution

Important: It is not recommended that you perform these instructions unless you have some familiarity with swapping hard drives on your computer. It is beyond the scope of Laplink Technical Support to troubleshoot any issues that may arise when performing this procedure.

  1. Install the new drive as the primary and boot from it.
  2. Install PCmover on the new hard drive.
  3. Run PCmover as the "New" computer, and select "Using Files" as the transfer method.
  4. Save the snapshot in a location that is accessible by both drives.
  5. Shutdown the computer, swap the drives, and boot off the OLD hard drive.
  6. Install PCmover on this hard drive.
  7. Run PCmover as the "Old" computer and select "Using Files" as the transfer method.
  8. Load the snapshot file from the location you saved it to in step 4.
  9. It will create the Moving Van file. Save this in a location that is accessible by both drives.
  10. Shutdown the computer, swap the drives, and boot off the NEW hard drive
  11. Run PCmover again as the "New" computer and select "Using Files" as the transfer method.
  12. This time rather than creating another snapshot, select "Skip this step. I already have a snapshot."
  13. Load the Moving VAN file from the location that you saved it to earlier and let it unpack.
See FAQ 377 for more details on how to do a migration via files.

Product: PCmover
KB: 1050  Last updated: Apr 19, 2007
Keywords: Migration: PCMover  PCMover 
Platforms:

  • WinXP
  • WinMe
  • Win98/SE
  • Win2K
  • Win95

Wildcards (internal use):

  • Migration
  • PCMover

 
 
Press
  • PCmover® Still the Only Complete Solution for Windows® Upgrades
    Jun 1, 2012 - When Microsoft® releases Windows 8, many existing users will face a significant challenge in how to upgrade. PCmover is the solution.
  • PCmover to be Given Away for Free in Commemoration of 29 Years of Quality Software
    May 14, 2012 - As part of the ‘Laplink Turns 29 Giveaway’, PCmover Windows 7 Upgrade Assistant will be free for all visitors.
    White Papers
    Email Promotions
    For Consumers
    Email Sign Up
    For Business
    Email Sign Up

    Sign up today and receive special offers and product updates!

    • View Recorded Webinars
    • Sign up for Webinar Alerts

    © 2012 Laplink Software
    Privacy Policy | Legal Statement