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How to Transfer the Installed Programs, Data to a New Hard Drive

Updated on Jun 26, 2019 by Hana Lee to PC Transfer

Summary:
After upgrading our hard drive or replacing the computer, how to transfer the data, installed programs to a new hard drive? EaseUS Todo PCTrans can create the programs and file image to transfer to the new hard drive.

"I get a new disk, because of the old disk has a bad sector and strongly affects computer speed. I want to move the programs from the old hard drive to my new SSD, for I don' have the installations discs. Is that possible to transfer some programs to another hard drive? "

Cloning the entire old drive to the new hard drive, which can transfer files, system, programs, and settings to something else. If you want to have a clean system installation, move some basic programs, and not clone the whole disk, you can try EaseUS Todo PCTrans. It allows us to select specific applications like Windows Office, CCleaner, and Skype to transfer. Besides applications migration, EaseUS Todo PCTrans can directly transfer important photos, documents, purchased music, movies to another hard drive on the same LAN or indirect transfer without the network.

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For Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP

How to Transfer the Installed Programs, Data to the New Hard Drive

If you replace the computer and plan to move the files from the old hard drive to the new computer, you could run EaseUS Todo PCTrans on two computers and choose "Via the connected network" to move.

Here we will introduce another way - "Via the compressed files". The method can transfer applications to the new hard drive on the same computer; it is a better migration way after upgrading the hard drive to a larger one on the original PC.

Step 1. Create an image file of the source hard drive

Launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans on your Windows computer. Navigate to the "Image Transfer" mode and click "Start".

choose image transfer mode to create a hard drive image

Hover your mouse over "Create Image File", and click "+Create". Later, confirm the default settings of the file name and file path, or you can customize the settings on your own.

choose create image file to create a hard drive image

Now select the items you want to transfer to the other hard drive. EaseUS Todo PCTrans allows users to create image files of multiple file types, including applications, personal data, and user accounts. To transfer files from one drive to another, deselect the "Applications" and "Accounts", hover your mouse over "Files", and click "Edit".

choose files to create a hard drive image

This is where you need to select files on the source drive. Expand the drive so you can selectively choose desired files, after then click "Finish". In the end, click "Create". Wait for the process completes. 

edit files to create a hard drive image

Step 2. Recover the file image to the destination drive

Launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans and follow the same way to reach the step of selecting a transfer method. This time choose "Recover via Image File" and click "Recover".

choose recover via image file to restore the image file to other drive

Choose the existing image file presenting on the interface, or navigate to the exact file path where the image file is, click "Recover".

click recover to restore the image file to other drive

You're back to the "Files", click "Edit" to get in. The image file is viewable here. You need to click the pencil icon to set the target location, which is the other hard drive, and submit the change. After the basic settings, click "Finish" and finally "Recover". Wait patiently until the image transfer process is over. 

recover image file to restore the image file to other drive

Now we could usually use programs and data on the new hard drive. If you want to transfer the Windows operating system to the new hard drive, recommend you to try EaseUS Todo Backup, it can migrate system and clone entire hard drive. About the licensed programs, we need to deactivate the specific programs on the old computer and activate them on the new hard drive.

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For Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP

The video tutorial of transferring data and applications to the new hard drive