Sunday, August 30, 2009

Migration Assistant vs. Easy File Transfer Wizard

The other day I had to transfer my entire computer from Leopard to Snow Leopard (all settings, files, user accounts and applications.) It was easy though because all I had to do was connect my old computer and click transfer. Migration Assistant doesn't have a huge learning curve while giving you the ability to customize exactly what you want to copy. On top of that is gives you more options and is much more intuitive than Windows Easy File Transfer Wizard.

I had the chance to test out the Windows Easy File Transfer Wizard when moving my XP stuff to Win 7. Unfortunately, it required you to first ask whether or not this was the first computer or the computer to be transferred to. Then, it made customization hard. Finally, you had to save the file like some XML file or RDP file. It wasn't a simple transfer from this computer to another. After going through a comparatively tedious process just to get it onto a flash drive or HDD you had to move the flash drive or HDD to the other computer and go through that process again. What was worse was that it requires you to get a big flash drive or a big hard drive or partition but that causes too much of a hassle.

In sum, Apple Migration Assistant prevailed over Windows Easy File Transfer Wizard.

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