I think the original message in this thread was: "I am changing computers and wish to transfer all my UFT info to the new computer. What is the best way to do it????"
3.1 was not part of the question, was it?
The rest of this message is probably 'all you didn't really want to know about zip drives."
(Where I speak of the 'UFT folder', substitute your program folder name(s). All of my UFT files are in a Roots IV folder.)
Even so 3.1 is not a huge file. I installed 3.1 to my desktop UFT.
To backup my data or to transfer everything from desktop to laptop and back again, I zip everything in the folder that contains the UFT program, projects, and everything else related onto a zip disk. I don't even need to compress the files although that is an option with a zip drive. On my computer(s), all of everything related to UFT now add up to 43.3 MB. Even when I add my WP text files, I am way under 50 MB. (I don't have graphics stored in the UFT directory.)
If you are considering purchasing a zip drive to backup and/or transfer programs and data between two computers, be sure you probably want to buy a parallel external one. If you are concerned about storage space, there are two sizes, 100 MB and 250 MB. The 100 MG zip program (parallel), hardware, and starter disks cost $99 at Office Depot. The 250 MB package is about $200.
If that isn't enough space for you, even compressed, you should know that, like a floppy backup, you can use an infinite number of zip disks to store anything too big for one zip disk.
The zip disks cost less if you buy them in bulk when on sale. Last time I looked, a set of three zip disks cost about $60, a 5 zip disk pack was around $90, and a 10 zip pack combined with a partial rebate may work out to be under $10 each.
My 100MB Zip drive sits beside my printer. It's footprint is 8.5 x 5 x 1.5 inches.
I do have one problem. My parallel port zip drive will not work on my husband's older computer which has an old SCSI scanner attached. The scanner fools the zip drive into not recognizing the zip drive. I think that is because the scanner is old and/or because the scanner is SCSI.
I leave the zip drive attached to my desktop computer printer port. The printer cable attaches to the zip drive. To change the zip drive to the laptop, just disconnect the zip drive and attach it to the laptop printer port. Downloading and uploading to/from the zip drive is quick.
I can use either computer at the same time I am using the zip drive except I cannot print while the zip drive is downloading or uploading. No problem, just go fix a cup of tea. The job will be done before you take your first sip.
The Iomega zip program has a handsome young man onscreen givingdirections while you are using the zip drive. (Beats the looks of most wizards.)
You choose which files to copy to the zip by clicking on a file menu similar to what you see in 'My Computer' or in a Windows 3.1 directory. You can zip whole folders, any subfolders, and/or specific files, even your entire drive. The choices you make remain in place until you change them.
If you have grafics stored in the same folder that contain UFT and projects, and you don't want to transfer graphics to your laptop, click the entire UFT folder, then unclick the graphics subfolder(s).
If you are changing all of your data from an old desktop to a new desktop, no problem. It just takes several more zip disks or a little more time to transfer in 100 MB batches.
A direct cable connection from one computer to the other will transfer everything. But having a zip drive makes creating backups for storage so easy.
I much prefer using the zip drive to create backups than using UFT to create .sqz backups.