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When a new computer, laptop, or tablet is purchased, often times programs and data need to be copied to it from an old computer. 

What is data?

  • Pictures
  • Documents
  • Videos
  • Bookmarks
  • Favorites
  • Email
  • Downloads
  • Saved keys, passwords, and account information

Data is a file you create, not the program that created it. Things like MIcrosoft Office, Quickbooks, Quicken, Chrome, Internet Explorer, etc are not data. These are programs that create the data. For example, reloaded Quickbooks alone does not 'restore' your data. 


Very Very important to understand that. Often times we need registration, login information, and key numbers to re-install programs.Although we can most often figure out passwords, having a record of them written down somewhere greatly improves everything. 

How does Data Transfer work?

The old computer is unchanges. We COPY the data to the new computer, leaving the old computer intact. Just in case something more must be done further down the road.

  • We ask for both the old and new computers in the shop at the same time. 
  • The goal is to get all the data and just the programs you need copied to the new computer in an effort to keep the new computer as clean as possible. 
  • We make every attempt to configure the new computer to look and operate as closely as possible to the new computer. 
  • If requested, we can recycle the old computer or sanitize it to be given or sold. Sanitize means to remove any personal data. There is an additional charge for both. 
  • Again, we can't stress this enough, having passwords, accounts, key numbers, etc. written down is vital.
  • Depending on the brand and model of printer, we may ask for it in the shop.
  • All information we use to setup the new computer is documented. 

We want to set up the new computer as "turn key" as possible. 

Feel free to contact us with any question you may have!