Here it is, day two. Last night I let the Transfer Agent run all night long on my laptop yet some of my settings did not transfer over. I am talking about Firefox, the browser I prefer to use.
After a little bit of work I manually transfered over my Firefox data and now I’m going to tell you how to do it so when you eventually make the upgrade you will not be scratching your head the way I was.
Where are my Firefox settings?
To find your original Firefox settings you need to go onto your old computer and find the following directory (or folder as the newer folk call them) : C:\Documents and Settings\[USERNAME]\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox . In this folder you will find all of your Firefox settings.
You need to copy that entire directory/folder to: C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla . Why is the folder labeled “Roaming”? I currently have no idea! what I can tell you is that there are three folders in the AppData folder and roaming is the one where you want to send these files.
What about my Thunderbird settings?
Just like Firefox you have to look on your old computer for : C:\Documents and Settings\[USERNAME]\Application Data\Thunderbird . In this folder you will find all of your Thunderbird settings and messages.
You need to copy that entire directory/folder to: C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird .
I just happen to have a huge amount of email stored in my Thunderbird client. Since I could not get my new Vista machine to see my old XP machine on the network I had to be a bit creative in order to move the 4GB of data.
Moving large amounts of data not using the network
How did I do it? I used my 30GB iPod as a mass storage device and copied the data to it. I then transferred it to my new machine via the faster USB 2.0 jack. It took over an hour to transfer the data too the iPod and only four minutes to get it off of the iPod. Damn i love USB 2.0!