Want to migrate user profile from old Dell to new Dell.

Posted on 2008-10-26
Last Modified: 2016-10-27
I have an old Dell that died (power supply).  

Internal HD on the old Dell is still good, I think.  I have an external USB case that I can drop it into.

How do I migrate the users/settings on the old Dell to the new Dell?

I do have an external (another) HD that was backing up via the Maxtor/Acronis TrueImage prgm - not sure if I have the Acronis disk though.
Question by:dave4mac
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In order to completely migrate your settings from your old computer, you'd need to be able to boot it one last time (by connecting a functional power supply into it). Then you could use the Windows XP Migration Wizard to save your settings (personnaly I never used the tool but it exists) ...BUT... It will ask you knowledge about hardware and/or alot of time.

The easiest way would be to connect the hard disk to the new computer and copy personal data onto it. If you feel like just copying your documents and so on and reinstalling the rest from scratch, then most of your data will be found on the old hard disk within C:\Documents And Settings\<your user(s)>. In that location you will find everything that's on your desktop within the Desktop folder. There's also your Internet Explorer Favorites under favorites and My documents under My documents. Make sure to copy everything in the proper locations of your new computer. Also if you have things outside the Desktop and My Documents, for example if your music is in C:\MP3s, then of course, just copy those back on your new Hard Drive (C:).

One last note, if you reinstall Acronis on your new computer, you will be able to directly browse your archives on your "other" external. Just install acronis and the archives will open like folders in your Windows Explorer / My computer.

For more explanation feel free to ask updates / new questions


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could i put the ide drive in the external mount & boot it on my mac to run the xp migration wizard?

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Unfortunately you can't boot the old PC hard disk on a Mac.
Since you have a new dell, you **COULD** use the new power supply and plug it into the old PC to make it boot again. But this could generate new problems. For example there's a little chance you could blow up that new power supply...
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If you need further help feel free to ask I'm still around

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could I boot the old drive in the external enclosure/mount on the new dell?

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It may be possible but it may fail.

A good way to do that is to plug the USB Drive to the new dell, then go into it's bios (Press DEL, F2, F10, F12... at boot screen it will be somewhere written what to press on your screen while you see the DELL logo)

In the bios, find the "Boot Order" and get "USB HDD" "USB drive" or something like this to the top of the list.

Then if you successfully boot on the drive, Windows could boot, or it may hang with a blue screen.

If you get a blue screen, reboot, then hit F8 repeatedly to get the Windows Boot Menu, and choose Boot in Safe Mode.

If you successfully hit the normal boot, or the Safe Mode boot, just tell me you had it for further explanation.

Good luck :)


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