How to Transfer Your Windows Internet Favorites Folder From One Hard Drive to Another

By Andrew Schrader

You may want to transfer your Internet Explorer Favorites folder to another hard drive if you're replacing your computer or need to allow another user access to your favorite sites. Fortunately, Internet Explorer has import and export functions to download and upload favorited, or bookmarked, sites to other browsers or computers. Internet Explorer saves favorite sites to your hard drive's Documents folder as a "bookmark.htm" text file, so you can easily email the file or save it to an external hard drive to transfer it to your new computer.

Attach your USB or external hard drive to your computer and turn the power on, if necessary.

Launch Internet Explorer, click the "Favorites" button near the top of the Internet Explorer window and select the "Import and export" option from the drop-down menu.

Click the "Export to a file" option in the Import/Export Settings window and click "Next."

Choose "Favorites" from the list of settings and click "Next."

Click the "Browse" button to change the download location for your "bookmark.htm" file, if using an external storage device. Locate your external storage device's icon in the pop-up window and click "Save." Click "Finish."

Safely eject your external storage device. Attach it to the second computer.

Open Internet Explorer on the second computer. If transferring the "bookmark.htm" file via email, open your email and download the "bookmark.htm" to the Documents folder on your second computer's hard drive.

Click the "Favorites" button in Internet Explorer and select the "Import and Export" option.

Choose "Import From a File" in the Import/Export Settings window and click "Next."

Select the "Favorites" option and click "Next."

Click "Next" if your "bookmark.htm" file is in your Documents folder. If not, click the "Browse" button and locate the file via the pop-up window. Highlight its icon and click "Next."

Choose a folder on your computer where you want to save your imported Favorites and click "Next." Click "Finish."


Information in this article applies to Internet Explorer 10. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.