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Transferring from one Surface to another

I'm going to have my Surface replaced. Is there an "easy" way to transfer all my data from one Surface to another?
It will be such a pain to reinstall all my software, settings, Internet favorites, etc. and I was just wondering if there is a way I can just transfer a copy of everything to the new device (like a system image or something) without having to reinstall everything.

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Transfer Surface Pro

Whether you are going to replace a problematic Surface Pro with a new one or move from an old Surface Pro to a new generation product, you may be in need of transferring data from one Surface Pro to another.

For personal data transfer, you can transfer files using an external hard drive or USB drive. How about transferring OS, programs, settings, as well as personal stuff from one Surface Pro to another? A professional PC transfer tool is required.

How to transfer from one Surface Pro to another?

Talking about PC transfer software, AOMEI Backupper Professional is definitely worth a try. See how it works below:

File transfer
It offers the File Backup and Sync features to help you with file transfer. There will be an image file generated if you use File Backup while Sync works just like “copy”.
System, programs, and data transfer
It offers the Disk Backup and Disk Clone features to help you transfer everything between two devices. If the two Surface Pros have same hardware, you can make use of Disk Clone. If the two devices have dissimilar hardware, then pick Disk Backup with the “Universal Restore” option checked during the restoration process.

Free download AOMEI Backupper and install it on your old Surface Pro to have a try now.

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Transfer data from one Surface Pro to another

As mentioned above, you can transfer data between two Surface Pros using an external hard drive or USB drive. However, if there are numerous files to be transferred and they are located in different directories on the old Surface Pro, it will be toilsome to do the copy-and-paste or drag-and-drop operations repetitively.

Luckily, AOMEI Backupper makes things easier. Learn how to transfer data from one Surface Pro to another using AOMEI Backupper’s Sync feature below.

Preparations:
● Connect the external hard drive or USB flash drive to your old Surface Pro if you want to transfer with a removable device.
● Create a shared folder on your old Surface Pro if you want to transfer over a network.

1. Run AOMEI Backupper from the old Surface Pro. Click Sync from the left panel and select Basic Sync.

Basic Sync

2. Give the task a distinguishable name in the “Task Name” box. Then, click Add Folder to choose the folders you want to transfer.

Add Folder

3. Expand the drop-down menu of the second bar to select the sync destination. Click Select a local path to choose the external drive you connected or click Select a network location to choose the shared folder you created.

Select Sync Destination

4. Confirm the source folders and destination path. Then, click Start Sync to begin.

Start Sync

5. After the sync process is finished, copy the synced files from the external device or shared folder to your new Surface Pro.

How to access network shared folder on the new Surface Pro?

1. Turn on network discovery on both Surface Pros.

2. Press Win + R on the new Surface Pro. Then, type “\\(IP address of the old Surface Pro)” in the Run box and press Enter to show the shared folder.

Transfer everything from old Surface Pro to a new one

How do I transfer everything from one Surface Pro to another? In most cases, the new Surface Pro has different hardware from the old one. Therefore, I’ll show you how to complete the transfer process via Disk Backup & Restore below.

Preparations:
● Create a bootable USB on the old Surface Pro so that you can load AOMEI Backupper on the new Surface Pro from WinPE.
● Create a disk image of the system disk on the old Surface Pro and save the image on the bootable USB drive. Make sure the USB drive has enough free space.

1. Connect the bootable USB drive with the disk image to your new Surface Pro. Boot the new device from the bootable USB.

2. You’ll see loaded AOMEI Backupper once the device boots up successfully. Click Restore > Select Image File.

Select Image File

3. Locate the disk image on the USB drive and click Open.

4. Select Restore the entire disk, click on the disk and click Next.

Restore Entire Disk

5. Select the hard drive of the new Surface Pro to receive the restored data and click Next.

6. In the “Operation Summary” page, tick Universal Restore to ensure a secure boot after the recovery process. Then click Start Restore to begin transferring everything from the old Surface Pro to the new one, including Windows OS, programs, and personal files, etc.

Start Restore

Tip: If the new Surface Pro is using an SSD, you may check the SSD Alignment option to improve SSD performance.

Conclusion

That’s all about how to transfer from one Surface Pro to another. Whether you want to transfer personal data only or transfer everything from one device to another, the best PC transfer tool - AOMEI Backupper can help you make it. To migrate to a new server with different hardware, you may pick AOMEI Backupper Server. Don’t hesitate to go for this excellent tool!