In this article, we will see how to retrieve your programs, profile, settings, documents, pictures, music, movies, favorites and everything else from a broken PC that no longer works – onto a new, working replacement PC.
Wouldn’t it be nice to avoid dealing with crashed computers?
This article will help recover from the crash that already happened, but in the future – you can avoid the hassle by using a self-recovering backup – available here.
The process uses an automatic computer rescue software, so it does not require a lot of technical knowledge for a successful recovery. You can use this tutorial in the following scenarios:
Fortunately, if your hard drive is not completely dead, you can recover not just files, but even your settings and programs to a new computer. Read on to find out how.
Already have the old hard drive connected to the new computer, and just need a way to recover programs and files from it?
Great! All you need to do is run Zinstall Migration Kit Pro on the computer, and it will recover everything from the drive, even programs.
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The first step in rescuing programs and data from a broken computer is take out its hard drive, and connect it to a replacement computer. Let’s see how to do that.
First, take the old drive out of the broken PC:
Now that you have the hard drive, you need to connect it to the new computer. There are several ways to do this:
Once the old drive is connected to the new computer, in any of the ways above, you should be able to view the old files. At that point, you can proceed to the recovery stage.
At this stage, you can access the old files on the new computer. This already a big step forward! You can look for the files you need, and manually copy them to the new PC. This type of manual recovery is not the easiest job to do, but it will at least get you your files back.
Fortunately, there are tools to do an automatic recovery, completely and easy. The one we’ll use – called Zinstall Migration Kit Pro – will even recover your programs, and of course emails, personalization, settings, documents and all the rest. Plus, it’s automatic and you won’t have to hunt everything down manually. Let’s see how.
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Now that you have the old drive connected, all you need to do is run the recovery software:
That’s it – once the recovery process is complete, you’ll have your apps and files rescued from the broken computer to the new one!