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6 solutions for shifting data

Published: November 3, 2017

Whether you’re swapping out a tired computer or moving files between devices, you’ll want a hassle-free way to transfer your vital data.

Here’s a few ways to get the job done:

1. You’ve got mail

If you’re transferring a couple of small files, like a few photos or documents, simply attach them to an email and send away! It’s quick, easy and won’t cost you a cent.

2. Grab some external storage

If you’re copying a small amount of data, like a photo album, a flash drive or CD/DVD may just do the trick. But if you’re dealing with a lot of media (especially videos) then an external hard drive is the way to go! With drives growing in capacity and affordability this is a simple plug-and-play option.

3. It’s cable time

A fast data migration method is to use a transfer cable to connect two computers with compatible ports. You may rock a USB, firewire, thunderbolt or similar cable connection to transfer between two Apple computers.

4. Get networking

If you’re a bit more tech savvy, files can be transferred through wi-fi or ethernet on a local area network (you can actually use an ethernet cable or Wi-Fi hot spotting to build a LAN without a router). This process can be set up through your computer operating system. You can use software to instantly share files or alternatively, drag them into folders manually.

5. Cloudy days

A popular way to transfer or sync files between computers, or other devices for that matter, is using a free or paid cloud service. Consider uploading and downloading your files via Dropbox, Microsoft’s OneDrive, Apple’s iCloud or Google Drive as they’ll shout you some free online storage space! Cloud is great for back-ups too – read more in our article about ways to back-up data.

6. Hard drive hack

If you’re the ultimate tech guru or hobbyist and your old computer has completely called it quits, you can remove a hard disk or solid state drive and connect to another motherboard manually using a SATA cable. The operating system will recognise that a new drive is connected and you can transfer your data very quickly. You’ll need to be a true expert to undertake this method… it’s not for the faint hearted!

Are you stumped on which method is best for you? Is your data transfer task becoming a time consuming chore? Get in touch with our tech experts and they’ll walk you through a solution!