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Transfer data between laptop & desktop

by colinito / February 7, 2013 2:28 AM PST

Hello Everyone,

I have a desktop with W.7. Ultimate - connected to Internet by WIFI - and I have just bought a laptop, which has W.7 Home Premium, to use when away from home.

I have just returned and would like to transfer data from the laptop to the desktop. I do not seem to be able to do so.

I could obtain a memory stick and transfer via that, but I was wondering if I could obtain a cable (USB) that I could use.

I have a second HD inside my tower from my last Computer .- which contains my music collection - and I can access that through the Start button/Computer. I do not have a cable with a USB connection at each end - only an extension USB cable for my reception of WIFI which is an ordinary USB for the computer and a larger size to connect the radio receiver.

Any advice would be gratefullly received.


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I find such cables to cost as much as USB memory sticks.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 7, 2013 2:46 AM PST

And they make a fine backup of what you copied to them so you have a backup of what you are trying to save.

Since both have wifi why not SYNC such over wifi?

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Transfer data between laptop & desktop
by colinito / February 7, 2013 5:13 AM PST

Hello Bob,

Thanks for your answer. I do not know how to sync them in order to transfer the data.
Could you point me to a website, etc, that would show me the method, please?



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Re: copying
by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 7, 2013 5:25 AM PST

Both the laptop and the desktop have Windows 7, so you could use a Home Group to connect these 2 computers. Just google WINDOWS 7 HOME GROUP if Start>Help and Support is not helpful and supporting enough.
Once setup, it's easy to transfer files between the machines, if both are connected (wired or wireless) to your router.


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Transfer data between laptop & desktop
by colinito / February 7, 2013 4:29 PM PST
In reply to: Re: copying

Thank you Kee4s, for that information.

I shall fol,low the advice and, if there is a problem, I shall return for more!

I shall mark the thread closed.

Thanks to you and Bob.



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