Data Migration

Data migration is the process of transferring information from one hard drive to another.  The hard drive is the storage unit of your machine.  It holds all the application files and data associated with those applications.  It is also responsible for all your personal folders, documents, photos, music, movies and more.  In short, your hard drive is the keeper of all your data.

In this article, we’ll explain when a data migration might be necessary as well as what to consider when migrating your data.  Once you are done reading this article, you will have a better understanding of the outcome of a data migration, as well as the additional steps required to return your PC to full functioning order.

Not all data is created equal.  Your computer is a complex system of rules and connections.  Applications installed on your computer are tools that create or have access to the data on your machine.  When migrating data from one system to another it’s important to understand the difference between data and software applications.  Software both purchased and free, require an install process.  This process creates rules specific to that hard drive and PC.  Each installation is unique to your machine and user profile.  When migrating data from one hard drive to another, the files that control the application will no longer work until the application is reinstalled on the newer hard drive.  Your personal files, documents, music, movies etc. can be transferred to any system, though the applications they require to be viewed may need to be reinstalled.

So now that you know what will be transferred as well as what to expect, do you even need a data migration?  The answer may be no, you might just need to clean up your computer and run routine maintenance and updates on your PC.  However, if you’re receiving error messages, system crashes, excessively low performance or hear a strange noise coming from your hardrive, you may need a data migration.

You will need a couple things in order to perform this task.  You will need the purchase of a new and compatible hard drive for your PC.  Directory access to the current hard drive’s file system, and a secondary PC to manage the transfer of the files from one drive to the other.  Depending on your operating system and personal requirements, you may want to find a technician to help.  This process can be time consuming and technical.  If these steps sound too technical for you, contact the pros at Kinetisys.

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