The best option is to network the two computers, giving you a fast, direct connection for maximum efficiency. However, if that won't be happening until down the road you have other options, including:
1.) Burn the data to CD/DVD. This can take time, especially if you have a lot of data. CD-R, DVD-RW, or DVD+RW is best since the disk would be reusable, whereas CD-R, DVD-R, and DVD+R is one time only.
2.) Save the data to a flash drive. This is faster and doesn't require you to have a CD/DVD burner, but flash drives hold less than DVDs.
3.) Connect the two computers directly using a USB cable...click here. This is the second-best option, in my opinion, but given the price ($40), you would be wiser to just go the networking route now.
Aside from the hardware involved, you'll find the Windows XP File and Settings Transfer Wizard to be very helpful in transferring data. You can click here for details.
Hope this helps,
Hello! I recently purchased a new desktop (Dell E510). I have a dell Latitude laptop which I plan on keeping and hopefully networking them in the future. However, I have no idea how to get all my files from my laptop to my PC without spending hours burning CDs to transfer them. Are there any free downloadable programs that would help in the file transfer between the two computers? Do I have to actually connect the computers via USB cable, etc? I'm completely clueless. Any help would be appreciated! Thank you!