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How can I transfer files from my laptop to my PC?

by Archangeldawn / May 27, 2008 4:30 PM PDT

Hi I would like to know what type of cable I need to trasnfer files from my laptop to my pc both running Windows Xp. I saw a Belkin "Easy trasnfer" cable and I saw a generic cable with a USB on both ends. I don't know if the packaging has to be specific, or if any cable that has a usb on each end will do the trick.

Thanks, any help is greatly appreciated

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A little more than a cable...
by DerfX / May 27, 2008 8:27 PM PDT

USB, while quite convinient, requires some software and apps to enable direct transfer of files from one PC to another. If you get and Ethernet crossover cable, you can just connect the two machines to each other and the operating systems are aleady setup to instantly see each other as long as you use the generic workgroup "MSHOME".

Many folks have routers or switches to enable access to the Internet via a DSL or cable modem by a number of computers. If you can have even temporary access to such, then just two plain generic Ethernet cables will allow each PC to "see" the other one and you can drag and drop files as desired.

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Could it also be done wirelessly?
by Archangeldawn / May 28, 2008 11:15 AM PDT

thank you so much DerfX !!
You helped me saved some money on unnecessary equipment and now with a regular ethernet cable, things are working perfectly. many thanks
Now just out of curiosity, could this file sharing me done wirelessly? and if so, how safe would this be? Would it be accessible only within the network or are there possibilities of a breach?

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wireless network
by Archangeldawn / May 28, 2008 11:20 AM PDT

Oh I Forgot to mention, that I already have a router
and the ones that would be file sharing would be the laptop and the pc both of them connected wirelessly.

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(NT) How much data ? Maybe you could use CDs or DVDs.
by VAPCMD / May 27, 2008 9:18 PM PDT
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A lot of data would be transferred
by Archangeldawn / May 28, 2008 11:17 AM PDT

About 4.6 gigs, so It would just be inconvenient to burn them to a dvd. Also the reason why I want to transfer files, is because my DVD burner is not working properly. So that option is out.

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Bummer...all that data would fit nicely on a 4.7GB DVD disc
by VAPCMD / May 28, 2008 12:44 PM PDT

Another option ... an 8GB USB flash drive...and you'd have it for later use.


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