How to copy Windows files to another hard drive ?

Step by step tutorial to easily copy windows files to another hard drive using the explorer.

If you are looking for a simple way to transfer your Windows files from your current hard drive to another one? This tutorial will guide you through the process of copying Windows files to another disk, be it internal or external, simply using Windows File Explorer. Follow the step-by-step instructions, and you’ll have your files safely transferred to the new hard drive in no time, and without code or script.

Step 1: Connect the new hard drive to the PC or laptop

For the first step, you have mainly 2 options, the disk can be of two types:

  • If it’s an external hard drive, simply connect it to your computer using a USB cable.
  • If it’s an internal hard drive, ensure it is properly installed in your computer.

Step 2: Open the Windows File Explorer

Press the Windows key + E shortcut to open the File Explorer.

Step 3: Locate the files you want to copy

Navigate to the folder or files you want to copy to the new hard drive.

Step 4: Select the files or folders

Click on the files or folders you want to copy. To select multiple items, hold down the Ctrl key while clicking each item.

On the other hand it is always possible to copy Windows files using the command prompt.

Step 5: Copy the files or folders

Right-click on the selected items and choose Copy from the context menu.

Step 6: Navigate to the new hard drive

In the Windows File Explorer, click on the new hard drive in the left pane.

Step 7: Paste the files or folders

Right-click inside the destination folder on the new hard drive and select Paste from the context menu.

That’s it! You’ve successfully copied Windows files to another hard drive disk. Here is another tutorial that might interest you, it is still about copy, but this time on how to copy files recursively using PowerShell commands.

Copy files recursively in PowerShell including subfolders

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