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Can I transfer files from one computer to another?

When you buy a new computer, you may think the question, "Can I transfer my personal data from the old computer to the new one?" A lot of people want to transfer their existing files to another computer so that they can keep their old data like photos, music, videos and so on while they use the new computer.

Sometimes, you may not finish your work at office, like doing an Excel, but you have to go home. At this time, you may bring the unfinished Excel to home and continue to finish it. There are many ways for you to transfer files from one computer to another one. You can move your data using the way you prefer.

4 ways to transfer files from one PC to another

As we mentioned above, there are many ways to move files between two computers.

1. Using an external storage media

An external storage media, like a USB flash drive, is a good helper for transferring files. Usually, you can plug the USB into the old computer, copy the files you want to transfer, and then open the USB flash drive and paste the files on. Then, plug the USB flash drive into the new computer, use the copy and paste method to move the files to the new computer.

If you are planning to bring the files home to continue your work, you can copy the files to your USB, too. Then, when you back to home, plug the USB into your computer and open the files to continue work.

2. Sharing your files through network

If the two computers are at the same network, you can use your existing home network to transfer your files from one computer to another one. To share files over LAN in Windows, open File Explorer and navigate to the folder with the files you want to share. Right click on the folder and select Properties > Click on the Share tab > Click the Share button. Follow the on-screen directions to finish file sharing.

3. Using a Transfer Cable

You can buy a cable to transfer files between two computers. To connect two Windows computers, you can get an EasyTransfer USB cable. Then, copy files on one computer and paste them on another computer.

4. Using third-party software

Nowadays, a lot of software can help you transfer your personal data from PC to PC. The most important thing is that you should find a piece of suitable software. Here I’d like to recommend AOMEI Backupper Standard.

How to transfer files to a new computer with AOMEI Backupper?

AOMEI Backupper Standard is free file sync software for Windows PC users. It supports Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP. With the File Sync feature, you can synchronize files/folders between two partitions/disks/computers. It also offers backup features such as system backup and disk backup to protect important data for you. Learn how to transfer files from one computer to another via AOMEI Backupper below:

Step 1. Download the freeware, install and launch it. Click Basic Sync under the Sync tab.

File Sync

Note: If you want to transfer files from server to server, you could consider using AOMEI Backupper.

Step 2. Click Add Folder to select the files/folders which you would like to transfer.

Add Folder

Step 3. Select a destination path. Click the second column and go to Share/NAS > Add Network Location to add a network drive or NAS device so that we can use another computer to open the same files.

File Sync Destination

Add Network Location

Tips: You can set up more specific requirements here by clicking Options, and you can also click Schedule to set up an automatic file sync.

Step 4. After all the settings, click Start Sync to launch the progress. When the progress reaches 100%, click Finish to exit.

Start Sync


There are four efficient ways offered in this page to help you transfer files from one computer to another. With AOMEI Backupper, transferring files from PC to PC seems easier and simpler. If the data is changed on the source computer, it will be changed on another computer automatically based on the schedule you set.

However, AOMEI Backupper Standard only supports Windows PC systems. If you are a server user and want to transfer files from server to server, then AOMEI Backupper Server edition is suitable for you.