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I have a windows desktop for development purpose.

The desktop runs windows xp, is only used by single user. It has many applications like Java, ClearCase client, Filezilla, firefox, Outlook and lot others.

A new machine is on the way(with Windows 7). Current strategy is to create a backup folder. Move every valuable data there. Copy the data onto new machine. Is there a betterway ? do I move to new machine with minimum disruption?

If I boot both machines with Linux and do an rsync appropriate folders will it save anytime?

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I think one of these 2 guides made by How-To Geek could help you out: you can do it either with an Easy Transfer cable or via the network.

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Not tried yet. Should work :) –  Jayan Aug 1 '10 at 9:45
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