Windows includes native data recovery utilities used to create a backup of your software programs and transfer them to another computer. Use the Backup and Restore Center utility and an external hard drive to complete the process of transferring IBM programs from one PC to another. While it is possible to use CDs and DVDs for the transfer, using an external hard drive is the easiest and most efficient method of transferring large data files.
Plug the external hard drive into your old computer. Click "Start" and choose the "Control Panel" option. Click "System and Maintenance," then choose the "Backup and Restore Center" icon.
Click the "Set Up Backup" link in the Backup and Restore window that opens. Click the "External Hard Drive" in the destination window, then click "Next." Click "Let Me Choose" to open a dialogue window for the files on your computer.
Click the check boxes next to the IBM programs you want to transfer to your new computer. Click "Next," then select "Save Settings and Run Backup" in the confirmation window that appears to create backup copies of the programs.
Disconnect the external hard drive from your old computer once the backup is complete, then plug it into a USB port on your new one.
Click "Start" and choose "Control Panel." Click "System and Maintenance," then click "Backup and Restore Center."
Click the "Restore My Files" button, then choose the option "Select another backup to restore files from." Click the entry for the external hard drive in the window that appears to open a file selection window for the backup files.
Click the entries for the IBM programs you want to transfer, and select "Next" to transfer them to your new computer.
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