How to Transfer Files from Old PC to New PC on Windows 7/8/10?

Posted by @Ivy

October 19, 2018

This article will show you 7 methods to transfer files from old PC to new PC on Windows 7/8/10. Go ahead and see it. There’s always one for you.


Hello! Not long ago, I bought another PC. And I want to network them in the future. However, I have no idea of how to transfer files from old PC to new PC in a very short time. Are there any free downloadable programs that can transfer files between computers on the same network? Do I have to connect both computers via USB cable? Any help would be appreciated.

Can I transfer files from PC to PC on Windows 7/8/10?

When you have more than one computers, you may think about this question:” can I transfer files from old PC to new PC on Windows 7/8/10?” However, some people have no idea of how to do or they do not know if it is possible.

The answer is positive. You can transfer files from one PC to another successfully. And there are many ways you can choose. In this article, I will show you 7 ways I know. I believe there is always one for you.

Ways to transfer files from old PC to new PC Windows 7/8/10

When it comes to transferring files to new computer on Windows 7/8/10, you may have many doubts. The first one is: “Can you transfer files from one PC to another?” As I mentioned above, you can do that with various ways. Then, you may care about how to do that and which one is suitable for you.

See below and find the proper way for yourself.

1. Using Windows Easy Transfer

To save time and effort, you may choose Windows built-in tool as your first option. As for file transfer tool, you can choose Windows Easy Transfer. It is released by Microsoft which allows users to transfer files and most settings from early versions of Windows to a newer version. It was introduced in Windows Vista, and is included in Windows 7/8/8.1. However, it was discontinued in Windows 10.

It provides three ways to transfer data: an easy transfer cable, a network, or removable media like an external hard disk or USB flash drive.

However, you are only allowed to transfer files and most settings in Windows operating system before Windows 10. This tool cannot be used to transfer applications and migrate data from a 64-bit to a 32-bit operating system.

Easy Transfer

2. Using PC Mover

Unfortunately, Windows Easy Transfer was discontinued in Windows 10. Luckily, Microsoft offers an alternative program named PC Mover for you to transfer files. This tool is a freeware at the time of beginning, but now it’s a paid software. And it’s divided into two versions, including PC Mover Express and PC Mover Professional. If you just want to transfer files, PC Mover Express can satisfy your needs. But if you want to transfer full applications, you need to upgrade to PC Mover Professional.

Unlike Windows Easy Transfer, PC Mover is available on Windows 10. And there are three ways to transfer files: a network, Laplink Ethernet Cable, Laplink USB cable.

However, there may be some changes in your new PC owing to the version of your old computer. And PC Mover does not create a backup of your files when they are transferred to a new computer. That’s to say, the old computer does not retain files transferred to another computer. If you mistakenly delete files you transfer to another computer, you lose it forever.

PCmover Express

3. Using Cloud storage device

Cloud storage device is a great idea to replace local backup if you have any kind of them (eg: OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc). These devices can offer you some space without costing you a cent. Taking OneDrive as an example, you can get 5 GB free space as long as you have a Microsoft account.

To transfer files using cloud storage device, you need to prepare one cloud storage and any backup software. Then, ensure you have an account of the cloud storage device and sign in to your account. At last, take cloud storage as a transfer station and transfer your files to a cloud storage, then access the cloud storage via another computer and transfer files you need.

However, you may run out of free space sooner or later unless you pay for it

Transfer Files using Cloud Storage

4. Using external storage device

Using external storage device to transfer files is the commonly used way, because it's easy to operate. You only need to plug your external storage device into your computer, copy files you needed and plug it out, then plug it into your new computer, copy the files from your old PC and paste it to your new PC.

As you see from the operation, it’s very easy to operate and there's no requirement for skills. However, you need to do it manually. What's more, this operation will take a long time if you need to transfer dozens of files simultaneously.

5. Manually connect HDD/SSD hard drive

In general, HDD and solid state drive (SSD) use standard SATA cable to connect to the motherboard. You can manually connect the HDD or SSD hard drive on your old computer to your new computer if there is a spare SATA or eSATA (external SATA) port. Your new computer will recognize it as a new drive. Then, you can regard it as an internal hard drive and transfer files via Copy and Paste or backup software.

This way is really useful for a desktop PC to transfer files from HDD to SSD hard drive. However, it's difficult to find a spare SATA or eSATA (external SATA) port in a laptop.

Transfer Files using HDD or SSD

6. Using transfer cable

Using transfer cable to transfer files between computers is one of the cost-effective ways. If you do not want to subscribe to cloud storage or buy external storage device, you can choose this way.

To transfer files, you only need to connect both computers, then transfer files with the included software.

It's simple and cost-effective. However, you are not allowed to transfer entire applications if you do not have a professional software. Aside by that, you will not get a backup of the files transferred to new computer. Similarly to PC Mover, you will lose your data forever if you delete it mistakenly.

Transfer Files using Cable

7. Free file sync software

For file sync software, you have various options. However, only the suitable software can help you transfer files from one hard drive to another successfully. AOMEI Backupper is one of the most suitable software.

With it, you can transfer files from one hard drive to another using cloud storage device, external hard drive, internal hard drive, a network.

You can transfer files from one hard drive to another effortlessly. What's more, this software is free and offer you more advanced features including file backup, system backup, system restore, etc.

Why transfer files via a network?

From above, you can get 7 ways. But which is the simplest?

For a built-in tool, the most attractive feature is that you can use it without costing you a cent and it will not occupy extra space on your computer. For cloud storage device, you will run out of space if you do not plan to pay for it. For an external storage device, it will take you a long time if you need to transfer dozens of files simultaneously. Compared with these ways, transferring files via a network can be a compromise way. With this way, you directly transfer your files on the old computer to another. You do not need to backup your files first or use any storage media as a transfer station.

How to transfer files between computers on same network Windows 7/8/10?

From above, we know there are several ways to transfer files via network. Why do you need to choose best file sync software AOMEI Backupper?

First, this tool is a freeware. Second, this tool can support almost all Windows operating system. Third, this tool can directly transfer files from one hard drive to another without using a storage device as a transfer station. Fourth, this tool can offer more advanced features. Last but not the least, you can move old hard drive to new PC in Windows 10 with its superior editions. 

Below are the specific steps you can follow.

Step 1: Download file sync software, install and launch it.

Step 2: Open it and click File Sync under the Backup tab.

File Sync 1

Step 3: Click Add Folder and Browse subsequently, then select folders on your old PC

Add Folder 1

Step 4: Click Step 2, choose “Select a network share or NAS” and “Share/NAS” subsequently, then click Add share or NAS device and input Display Name and its path. After that, choose a destination path on your new computer and click OK.

Select Destination Path

Step 5: Back to the main page and click Start Sync. If you want to sync only changed files you can tick Schedule and select Schedule Settings you like. (optional)

Schedule Settings 1


Previously, you have no idea of how to transfer files from old PC to new PC. However, you have various available options from now on. You can choose any of them which can satisfy your needs. And I prefer to use file sync software to transfer files through network.