Transfer user profiles from one Win 7 to another Win 7 build (Without EASY TRANSFER)

Discussion in 'Operating Systems' started by DarkSideA8, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. DarkSideA8

    DarkSideA8 Limp Gawd

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    Looks like Easy Transfer won't work for my situation.

    My mobo is unstable & I'm rebuilding the system with a new mobo and proc. I want to just transfer the profiles etc. to an external HDD & reload Win 7 on same SSD after I complete the build.

    However, looking through the documentation on Win 7 Easy Transfer - it looks like you have to port the data from one 'live' comp to another 'live' comp. In my case, I want to save the data from a crippled machine, then kill it and scavenge the good parts to use in the new build... not make a new machine first.

    Is there any way to migrate the data & profiles 'the old fashioned' way?
     
  2. Volume

    Volume 2[H]4U

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    It's not a clean job, but what I've done before is transfer user's folder in C:\Users from one computer to the other. It contains documents, pictures, application settings, etc.
     
  3. bigdogchris

    bigdogchris [H]ard as it Gets

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    Other than the user documents, music, etc., what do you want transferred? Just plug the old hard drive into the machine and copy over the data you want. I would absolutely not copy/paste the profile because you're bringing over a ton of appdata that is completely invalid and wasteful of space.
     
  4. stiltner

    stiltner [H]ardForum Junkie

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  5. DarkSideA8

    DarkSideA8 Limp Gawd

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  6. Mackintire

    Mackintire 2[H]4U

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    This cost money but I have found it to be a time saver at work. http://www.laplink.com/pcmover

    I should tell you that they have stepped up their advertising quite a bit. They bugged me for almost a year after the last time I used their products.
     
  7. xenios

    xenios Gawd

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    You could give USMT4 a shot and do an offline migration. Very advanced tool and not user friendly. So it may not be worth the effort if this is for a single personal machine.
     
  8. nessus

    nessus 2[H]4U

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    Easy transfer has an option to save the export to a file. Used it many times when there was no easy way to network the two comps at high speed (ie 11 Mbps 802.11b network was the fastest available for example), but there was a USB external drive available.

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  9. stiltner

    stiltner [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Oh snap, I read the op wrong.

    Yeah the transfer to file mode works sexy like I use it all the time, works great on domain accounts too fyi.

    I've stored accounts bundled by Easy Transfer on the server, installed, joined the domain, did the easy transfer back in off the server, voila. Also done it via USB HD and thumb drive.
     
  10. DarkSideA8

    DarkSideA8 Limp Gawd

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    Thanks guys.

    Wish I had figured that out before hand.

    I've just done the copy-paste routine - which will take longer to get myself set back up. Didn't think that would work since I'm not upgrading - just fixing a broken mobo.