I took time off yesterday from configuring my wife Devvie’s new P1620 to watch my alma mater UCLA go down to defeat in the NCAA Basketball Championship Semi-Finals. This morning it was time to lick my wounds and go back to work.
I used the Belkin Easy Transfer cable (pictured above) and the accompanying software to transfer user settings, account and application information from Devvie’s P1510 (which runs XP) to her P1620 (which runs Vista). The purpose was to avoid having to perform tedious tasks such as re-entering her e-mail accounts information in Outlook. It all worked as advertised, and relatively quickly. To test, I fired up Outlook on the P1620. Her email accounts were all there. I clicked Send/Receive. I did have to enter her e-mail passwords (I guess that’s a security precaution) but that’s all.
You can use Easy Transfer to transfer files as well. But I didn’t. Just as moving into a new house or an apartment is an opportunity to rethink which items to keep and to re-organize them, I view a new computer as an opportunity to rethink file organization and storage. I’ve set up a Promise SmartStor NS4300N NAS (network attached storage) which is accessible within our internal network as a shared drive and outside as a FTP server. We’re moving the data files on the P1510 to the NAS using KarenWare’s free but powerful Replicator. The plan is that Devvie will check out files from the NAS, and when done working, will update her changes to the NAS, again using the Replicator. We’ll see how this system works out.
Easy Transfer does not migrate programs. Microsoft does offer a free but beta Easy Transfer Companion for that purpose. I passed. I’ve read mixed reports about how well this tool works. Therefore, I was concerned I might be creating problems rather than saving time, especially since it wasn’t all that hard to reinstall her programs. In this regard, as with files, the new computer was a good opportunity to rethink which programs she really uses. Turns out not too many.
Well, Devvie is up and running with her P1620. I’ve asked her to test drive it while I’m home (it’s Sunday) as it will be easier for me to solve any problems while I’m physically here. But (famous last words) I don’t anticipate any glitches.
So now the wait for my P1620 and whatever adventures await me with slimming down the Vista install.