Learn Windows XP Professional: The Files and Settings Transfer Wizard (Page 4) Page 4

I ran the default selection of both files and settings on my 2 GHZ Pentium 4 system, which has three SCSI-3 18.2 GB 10,000 RPM hard drives, set up as individual basic drives and one ATA-100 80GB IDE hard drive, also set up as an individual basic drive, all using the NTFS file system.

Of all that space, almost 135GB total, I have data on about 62 GB. The process took about an hour an fifteen minutes to complete, and while I could use my system while all of this was going on, it was a little sluggish as migwiz.exe wanted as much of the system resources as it could get its hands on, often pegging the processor. (Memory seemed to stay pretty constant at around 128MB of my physical 512MB of PC800 memory being used.)

The final result was 9 GB of data to be transferred to the new system.

As you can also see, there is a 2 GB limitation to the DAT files. Once you exceed this amount the Wizard will automatically start another file an enumerate it.

Once the process is completed, the "Completing the Collection Phase" window will display with the above message. This page would indicate any files and settings that you had selected that the Wizard could not collect. You would have to manually transfer these files and settings, or they would not be transferred to your NEW COMPUTER. (There were none in our example.) Click FINISH to close the Wizard on the OLD COMPUTER.

This article was originally published on Jun 10, 2002

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