I am getting a new pc and want to start out right. I want to know the best way to transfer my pictures and files from my old pc to my new pc. I bought a Belkin Easy Transfer Cable for Windows 7 and a Western Digital My Passport Essential SE portable hard drive. First question is if I use the Belkin transfer cable, will it also transfer viruses and errors to the new pc? I don't think I have any viruses, but you never know! And I definitely wouldn't want to infect the new pc from the get go! And I really don't want to transfer everything from the old pc. Is there a way to transfer just the things I want transferred? I hope this doesn't sound like a stupid question.
Next question is if I put all my pictures on the portable drive, can I just transfer them from the portable drive to the new pc? I plan to use the portable drive as a backup for all my pictures and files, but still would like my pictures on the new pc so that they are in 2 places in case of a problem. Hope all this makes sense and doesn't sound too lame.
I don't have the new pc yet, but I do have the transfer cable and WD portable hard drive. The new pc is supposed to be here by April 7, 2011.
Thanks for any help and advice. Or you could point me to the right place if this is not the correct place to post this question.