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connecting a laptop to PC to transfer files

by sparhawk45 / June 22, 2005 6:35 AM PDT

I have been told that it is possible to connect a laptop to a pc for the purpose of file transfer via a USB cable. Is there a USB cable that has the proper ends? And is this doable? My PC is a 1yr old Dell running XP home, and the laptop is a Dell Latitude approx 5yrs old running 2000 professional. Both have USB ports.
Joe

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USB 1.1 transfers....
by Michael Geist / June 22, 2005 7:02 AM PDT

are terribly slow compared to ethernet. Has each machine a NIC?, if so get a crossover cable and do it right.

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I agree...
by wahnula / June 22, 2005 12:30 PM PDT
In reply to: USB 1.1 transfers....

The Network Interface Card (networking) is the way to go. You should have one of these on each of your PCs, it's a larger phone jack, you must set every drive up to share and it can be a hassle for the uninitiated. Sometimes getting 2000 & XP to communicate is a chore, and I have less than praise for XP's built-in "Network Wizard".

An excellent alternative is a USB key, a small flash memory drive. I've seen 1GB drives for $40 (after rebate) and you can get a 512MB for about that much outright. You plug it in, dump your files, and then remove it & plug it into the other computer. Fast, too.

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USB 1.1
by sparhawk45 / June 23, 2005 8:55 AM PDT
In reply to: USB 1.1 transfers....

No it does not have an NIC. However when looking for a cable I could not find a cable that hase USB ends on both ends, I found an extension but that was the closest I could find. Is there an animal?

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