Move your stuff with OneDrive and get started with your new PC

Copy your files and folders to a secure location in the cloud then get up and running quickly so you can get back to doing what you love.

Compare options for transferring files from PC to PC or from a Mac to PC

Check the table below to see what makes the most sense for your move.

Solution

OneDrive

USB/external drive

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Details

If you've been using your PC for a few years, you probably have some files that you want to move to the new PC. By using OneDrive, you can quickly transfer files from PC to PC or Mac to PC, so your files are organized like they were on your old computer and you can get right back to work.

You can use an external storage device such as a USB drive, SD card, or external hard drive to help you move all your favorite files off a Windows 7 PC and onto a Windows 10 PC.

Automatically move your programs, files, profile settings and more to your new Windows 10 PC. PCmover makes it simple and easy to set up a new Windows 10 PC. 

Benefits

  • You can view and edit your files from the OneDrive app on other devices, including Androids and iPhones. You can also use any computer to go to the OneDrive website and sign in to access your files.
  • Once your files are saved to OneDrive, if your device is lost or damaged, your files will still be backed up and protected in the cloud.
  • You are in control of who, if anyone besides you, has access to the things you store in OneDrive.
  • If you’re worried about hard drive space, the Files On-Demand feature lets you browse your OneDrive files in File Explorer without actually downloading them to your PC.
  • No internet access or additional software or services are required.
  • External drives are portable, convenient, and can be encrypted for security.
  • For a large collection of files that take up a lot of storage space, moving them via USB can be your quickest and most cost-effective option.
  • Keep Everything: Accept defaults or choose what to transfer without overwriting anything on the new PC.
  • Set it and forget it: Start the transfer and walk away.
  • Free 24/7 support: Quickly set up your new PC with the help of a certified PC migration expert.

Cost

A Microsoft account comes with 5 GB of OneDrive storage. You can buy more storage if you want it. Compare plans.

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Resolve issues quickly with one-on-one support from Answer Desk experts at a Microsoft Store near you or check with a local retailer in your area to see if they have similar services.

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File transfer FAQ

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OneDrive is a Microsoft cloud storage service that lets you store your personal files in one place, share them with others, and get to them from any device connected to the Internet. 

 

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Check out this brief video that will walk you through a few quick steps to set up an account.

A free OneDrive basic account offers 5 GB of storage. Need more space? No problem, see available options.

Yes. If OneDrive is not the best fit for you, there are other options available. For example, you can use an external hard drive along with the Windows Backup & Restore feature. There are also other programs designed to help with backing up your files and data and some retailers have service desks that will do the work for you. 

 

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Yes. You can install or activate compatible versions of Office on your new computer using your product key. 

 

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For the best possible experience, we recommend doing a fresh installation of your applications on your new Windows 10 PC. The Microsoft Store has a variety of third-party applications that can be easily downloaded and installed. For any software not currently available in the Microsoft Store, we recommend going to that company’s official website and downloading the Windows 10 version from there. Your local retailer may also sell the latest versions of your apps and programs. In limited circumstances, some older software may not have an updated version that is compatible with Windows 10.

Yes, you can drag whole folders from File Explorer to your OneDrive folder.

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