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Can I use simple USB cable to teransfer files between PCs?

by tedathy / July 25, 2009 2:39 AM PDT

I have two windows PC and want to transfer files from vista PC to XP PC.

Is this possible with usb cable I gave both ens type A. the cable does not have any additional adaptor

Do I need drivers?

What in detail do I need to do?

All help appreciated


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You'll Want A USB 'Cross-Over' Or "Transfer' Cable
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / July 25, 2009 2:55 AM PDT

Google "Data Transfer Cable" or such gives you all the information you need..

Of course, if you're only transferring a few files ONCE from one computer to another, using a USB flash drive is probably easier.

Hope this helps.


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got cable what now?
by tedathy / July 26, 2009 12:03 AM PDT


Thanks for replying to my question

I have purchased a "USB 2.0 Cable USB Plug A To USB Plug A 1.5m Data/File Transfer Cable" from Amazon. It has come without any instructions or information not even a manufactureres name.

Please can you suggest how to proceed


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by Willy / July 26, 2009 3:08 AM PDT
In reply to: got cable what now?
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Data transfer
by Phil Crase / July 27, 2009 2:11 AM PDT

Use either an ethernet crossover cable or just (as another poster suggested) flash drive it, flash drive is far easier than setting up a network crossover.

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File types/size?

What types of files are they and how large are they? You may be using means that are a bit overkill.

Windows Outreach Team

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usb Transfer Cable for photos from Vista to XP
by tedathy / July 27, 2009 8:32 PM PDT
In reply to: File types/size?

Thanks for reply

The files are 4 GB of photos that are I want to keep as a copy on my old XP PC

As I have the USB cable I obviously want to use it rather than buy another cable/device

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(NT) Hmmm....DVD ??
by VAPCMD / July 27, 2009 11:03 PM PDT
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No need for a cable
by jeff_windows_team / July 28, 2009 4:17 AM PDT

Don't overcomplicate things, especially if you have a DVD burner or a thumb drive that you can use to move the files. Another option is to save them online from one computer and then pull them down to the other computer. Depending on the individual file sizes, as long as they are each less than 25MB in size you can use Office Live Workspace to do this. Once you upload the photos to your Workspace, log into your account from the computer you wish to move the files to and you can then download your photos to this computer.

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Data transfer
by Phil Crase / July 29, 2009 11:50 PM PDT

USB will not do a transfer, Best way flash drive, simple and fast. Burning to disk, slower.

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Use a dvd or cd or flash drive
by volvogirl / December 7, 2010 11:26 AM PST

The easiest and best way would be to burn them to a dvd or a couple of cds. Then you would have a good additional backup of them you can put in a drawer and save. Or use a flash drive. Flash drives are very cheap and are getting bigger all the time. They are very handy to have around. I have a box full of them I regularly alternate my back ups to. When ever I get a new computer I copy my documents, etc. over using a flash drive, folder by folder.

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Transfering Data
by sturner--2008 / July 28, 2009 12:59 AM PDT

A simple USB cable will NOT provide you the ability to transfer data from one computer to another.

You either have to have both on a network (cross-over cable or through a router with sharing enabled on them), or use a storage device, such as a flash drive (which is cheap and useful afterwards) an external hard drive, or burn a DVD.

The Windows OS doesn't provide a simple user acceible method of transfering files from one computer to another.

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use flash drive
by frienley / August 2, 2009 12:08 PM PDT

A USB cable can't transfer data. You may use a flash drive. If the size of the files you need to transfer is too big, you may use file splitter and joiner. If there is a suggestion need of such a tool, my answer would be that of glary utilities.

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"A USB cable can't transfer data." ?? Please see link below
by VAPCMD / August 2, 2009 12:33 PM PDT
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Not exactly a USB cable, but...
by LaptopExpert / December 6, 2010 5:08 PM PST

You'll need an USB device for transfering data between PCs, such as one here

It's not exactly a cable, i believe it some microprocessor there, you just plug it into both PCs and it will show the files from of each PC on both computers, from there you just drag and drop what you need.

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