My current computer is starting to seem hinky – like not starting Windows at all on the first try yesterday, and various hesitations and slowness in starting programs – so I’ll probably get a new one very soon.
But the current computer runs Win7, and no doubt a new one would be Win10. I’m not concerned about reinstalling programs (or newer versions to replace them) but what about my data files? I have tons of my writing, plus photos and music and so forth. The current computer is backed up to an external hard drive using the built in Windows ‘Backup and Restore’ program. Will this be of any use to me? As in, can I plug the drive into a W10 computer and it will be able to read and extract my data files despite the different operating system?
If the old one keeps working long enough, can I just plug a cable (what kind?) into both of them and transfer stuff directly?
I could write the files out to however many thumb drives, I suppose?
Or upload everything to some web service then DL it to the new one?
Which method, or other something else, is likely to be easiest/safest in getting my precious data moved over?