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moving files to new laptop

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Re: moving files to new laptop

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 10:34PM GMT
Classification: Query
"Gee, why can't it be as simple as downloading it on a flashdrive and then uploading in new computer...but no it must be more complicated. Please let me know how to do this".


It is that simple!!

From you old computer in FTM do a File>Backup.

Make sure you tick the include media box

FTM will produce a .FTMB compressed file including all your media

Save this .FTMB to your hard drive and then using Windows Explorer copy it to a USB drive or CD

(Note you can do this direct to a USB, but with a big file with lots of media it can be a bit slow).

Now take the USB to the new computer

On the new computer again using Windows Explorer create a new folder. Call it what ever you like [say] "My FTM files". It doesn't matter where you create it or what you call it.

Now using Windows Explorer copy the .FTMB file from the USB to the new folder.

Now the final bit

Open FTM, and do a File>Restore. Navigate to where you have saved the transferred file select it and press open.

FTM will uncompress the file and relocate and link all the media correctly.

Don't forget with your FTM on your new computer to register the program and if you have an Ancestry membership login using your Ancestry user name and password

That's it

John D

SubjectAuthorDate Posted
sciross 28 Dec 2012 3:02AM GMT 
johndd189 28 Dec 2012 5:34AM GMT 
silverfox3280 28 Dec 2012 6:13PM GMT 
alanmon 28 Dec 2012 7:07PM GMT 
tulrose 28 Dec 2012 7:22PM GMT 
silverfox3280 28 Dec 2012 8:12PM GMT 
sciross 29 Dec 2012 1:19AM GMT 
johndd189 29 Dec 2012 1:32AM GMT 
jamclo 29 Dec 2012 2:36AM GMT 
johndd189 29 Dec 2012 4:47AM GMT 
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