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How Migration Tools Work when Migrating any Application

30 July 2011 Categories: Articles & Advice

Though PCs are incredibly advanced in countless ways, there are still some aspects to your computer that are surprisingly backwards and inefficient. Take migration, for instance: PC migration is the process of taking your files and data from one computer and then putting it on another, usually newer computer. Imagine that you bought a new laptop and you want all your vital information from your desktop to be transferred. You would think that it would be a pretty simple process but in truth it is anything but. PC migration remains as complicated and accident-prone as it has been for over a decade. It’s as if nobody has really tried improving it at all. But fortunately, many third parties have seen this problem and have created their own application transfer software with the aim of making migration much easier for everybody involved.

Backing Up Data

When you install your migration tool, it will set about scanning your applications and documents. The software will then back up the important data and save it in a safety net in case the transfer doesn’t work properly. Transferring data on a PC is notoriously prone to corruption and damaged files and so it is a good thing that this data is backed up. In truth, you should back up your data regularly several times a month just for good measure, but if you have a migration tool you can rest assured that it is already done for you.

Reading Data

Any migration tool worth its salt will do more than just copy the data and files. It should also examine the settings you have for your documents and apps, as well as the settings for the entire system. This is accomplished by looking at each application and then determining exactly what it is so it can be recreated fully and perfectly. This is important because many programs have special registry keys and other complex codes that must be carried over to your new PC. Once this is done, a new hard disk drive will usually be installed.


Once all your important data is backed up and copied, you should be able to use the new hard disk drive as a boot, allowing you to access your saved files on your new computer. But remember that this doesn’t always work properly. In many cases you’ll see that some files didn’t transfer properly and some are corrupt. This is just how it goes even with the most advanced migration software. Because of this, it is important not to get too stressed out. Just be thankful you have a backup and then set about finding which files were damaged or didn’t get transferred. After that, it’s just a matter of trying it again and hoping this time everything works out properly.

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