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Windows Easy Transfer. What cable do I need?

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I need to transfer files (photo's & vids) from an external hard drive connected to my laptop onto my desktop. The hard drive doesn't work on my desktop and rather than me transfer a few files at a tim…
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banned8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
I need to transfer files (photo's & vids) from an external hard drive connected to my laptop onto my desktop. The hard drive doesn't work on my desktop and rather than me transfer a few files at a time with a memory pen thing, I was looking at Windows Easy Transfer but I don't know if this will work or what cable I need.

Any advice? Thanks in advance.
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banned8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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#1
have you tried networking your laptop and desktop with a crossover cable and then transfering the files to the desktop?
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Xiwt
have you tried networking your laptop and desktop with a crossover cable and then transfering the files to the desktop?


This will do it and you will need to share the extra drive so that the PC can see it..., I may be easier to write the info to a DVD or cd's if you have a writer on your laptop... for the cost of a few disks it may save a load of messing around...:thumbsup:
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mosskeeto
This will do it and you will need to share the extra drive so that the PC can see it..., I may be easier to write the info to a DVD or cd's if you have a writer on your laptop... for the cost of a few disks it may save a load of messing around...:thumbsup:


Good advice... Crossover cables come in handy though for me sometimes for this sort of thing...but dvds so cheap these days...plus you have valuable stuff backed up again as well (on removable media)... good advice.
banned#4
Thanks guys. I'm kinda thick at this thing, what's a crossover cable? :oops:

I've worked out the theory of using cd's but realised I'd need about 500 discs, plus then the time copying to and from them. Was just looking for the easiest and quickest way of doing this.

Rep coming to you both. Thanks :thumbsup:
#5
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/6766654/c_1/1%7Ccategory_root%7COffice,+PCs+and+phones%7C12108629.htm

Prob cheaper elsewhere DO NOT BUY PATCH CABLE MUST BE CROSSOVER. All Pc worlds etc have em.

Edit:

Over 400gb?!... defo do it via crossover.
banned#6
Xiwt
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/6766654/c_1/1%7Ccategory_root%7COffice,+PCs+and+phones%7C12108629.htm

Prob cheaper elsewhere DO NOT BUY PATCH CABLE MUST BE CROSSOVER. All Pc worlds etc have em.

Edit:

Over 400gb?!... defo do it via crossover.


Excuse my ignorance but what's the difference between a crossover cable and a patch cable? I've got three patch cables here but I guess they're no good.
#7
churchy2704
Thanks guys. I'm kinda thick at this thing, what's a crossover cable? :oops:

I've worked out the theory of using cd's but realised I'd need about 500 discs, plus then the time copying to and from them. Was just looking for the easiest and quickest way of doing this.

Rep coming to you both. Thanks :thumbsup:


Just so that you get a little understanding of it, a crossover cable allows you to join two ethernet devices without the need of another piece of hardware between. To use it requires you to have an ethernet port on both devices. WinXP should configure it up automatically. A standard patch cable is used in networking to connect devices but using an ethernet switch, not a comprehensive explanation but maybe enough tounderstand what we are on about...:thumbsup:
#8
No they aren't capable of networking two computers together, they are only good for connecting to routers, modems etc the difference is in the cable architecture... some of the wires are literally crossed over in crossover cables whereas they are all straight in a patch cable...basically they allow the 2 computers to talk to each other whereas patch cables do not. This is a bit noob explanation if you want better google is your friend!
#9
churchy2704
Excuse my ignorance but what's the difference between a crossover cable and a patch cable? I've got three patch cables here but I guess they're no good.


The crossover cable has what it says, two of the wires actually crossover within the cable. You could plug the cables in and try, if its not crossover you will not network...
banned#10
mosskeeto
Just so that you get a little understanding of it, a crossover cable allows you to join two ethernet devices without the need of another piece of hardware between. To use it requires you to have an ethernet port on both devices. WinXP should configure it up automatically. A standard patch cable is used in networking to connect devices but using an ethernet switch, not a comprehensive explanation but maybe enough tounderstand what we are on about...:thumbsup:


Thanks for that, I think I got the jist of it. Yeah, both pc and lappy have ethernet connections, the lappy is running Windows XP and the desktop Vista. That shouldn't cause any problems should it? Told ya I'm thick! Thanks for your patience. :thumbsup:
#11
churchy2704
Thanks for that, I think I got the jist of it. Yeah, both pc and lappy have ethernet connections, the lappy is running Windows XP and the desktop Vista. That shouldn't cause any problems should it? Told ya I'm thick! Thanks for your patience. :thumbsup:


Not a problem, your cable will cost approx a fiver and you should be able to see both devices straight away.
#12
churchy2704
Excuse my ignorance but what's the difference between a crossover cable and a patch cable? I've got three patch cables here but I guess they're no good.


Ignore that guy. Hes stuck in the past.
A patch cable is fine.
banned#13
Wish I'd posted this thread yesterday now, for two days I've been manually transferring via a 2gb pen and it's been sooooooo slow! :oops:
#14
churchy2704;4456507
Wish I'd posted this thread yesterday now, for two days I've been manually transferring via a 2gb pen and it's been sooooooo slow! :oops:

you can get an 8gb one for a tenner these days. worth it in the long run
#15
deathtrap3000
Ignore that guy. Hes stuck in the past.
A patch cable is fine.


The ONLY way to do this with a patch cable is if both network cards support 'auto-mdix' ...which I'm doubting very much.
banned#16
Xiwt
The ONLY way to do this with a patch cable is if both network cards support 'auto-mdix' ...which I'm doubting very much.


Boy am I getting confused....... it don't take much to confuse me.

I have a patch cable here so you think it might be worth giving it a go? Nothing lost I suppose is there? If it fails I'll buy a crossover cable tomorrow.
#17
Yes try it.
#18
churchy2704
Boy am I getting confused....... it don't take much to confuse me.

I have a patch cable here so you think it might be worth giving it a go? Nothing lost I suppose is there? If it fails I'll buy a crossover cable tomorrow.


Yes, try with the patch cable first.
Then if that fails, go buy another cable.
banned#19
Ok, gonna try now.... bear with me as I'm new to this but will report back asap.
#20
Don't worry take your time.
banned#21
Xiwt
Don't worry take your time.


Getting peeved off now..... don't understand this..... now I don't even know how to set up a network! :oops:

Got both lappy and desktop connected and seem to have got the desktop set as part of the network but I'm lost when trying to set up the lappy on XP. I'll keep on trying. How embarrassing is this???:oops:
#22
churchy2704
Getting peeved off now..... don't understand this..... now I don't even know how to set up a network! :oops:

Got both lappy and desktop connected and seem to have got the desktop set as part of the network but I'm lost when trying to set up the lappy on XP. I'll keep on trying. How embarrassing is this???:oops:


Set up internet connection sharing on the computer with the connection to the internet.
#23
churchy2704
Getting peeved off now..... don't understand this..... now I don't even know how to set up a network! :oops:

Got both lappy and desktop connected and seem to have got the desktop set as part of the network but I'm lost when trying to set up the lappy on XP. I'll keep on trying. How embarrassing is this???:oops:


Just try setting up a share on the laptop, this means go to windows explorer, find the folder that contains the files you want, right click it, select sharing, enable sharing. You may have this turned off in security settings so you may need to enable it.
Once done, go to the PC, richt click My Computer and select map a drive, enter the name of the laptop and the name of the share, like so..... \\mylaptop\fileshare

if this allows the mapping just copy from this drive to the pc one.... it may be too simple but once again it may help....:thumbsup:
#24
Are you using third party firewalls?
banned#25
Xiwt
Are you using third party firewalls?


Windows firewalls as far as I know
banned#26
mosskeeto
Just try setting up a share on the laptop, this means go to windows explorer, find the folder that contains the files you want, right click it, select sharing, enable sharing. You may have this turned off in security settings so you may need to enable it.
Once done, go to the PC, richt click My Computer and select map a drive, enter the name of the laptop and the name of the share, like so..... \\mylaptop\fileshare

if this allows the mapping just copy from this drive to the pc one.... it may be too simple but once again it may help....:thumbsup:


God you guys are so patient!

Trying this as we speak..... bear with me
#27
Another option which I did recently and very quickly, i might add:

Here is a tutorial which explains it better than me: Home ftp-ing

NOW Here is my explanation. (maybe easier to just follow the link)

Install filezilla server on the laptop.
Install filezilla client on pc. Now ftp stuff over by browsing the laptop on the pc.


Both pcs must be connected to the same network (wired or wireless ; although wired is faster using any ethernet cable.)
banned#28
Guys I'm still failing miserably.

I got the folder name that i need to transfer showing on "My Network Places" on the laptop and I got the name of my desktop under "Network" on my pc. Now how do I get the info of each pc onto the other pc? If you see what I mean?
banned#29
amzmalhotra
Another option which I did recently and very quickly, i might add:

Here is a tutorial which explains it better than me: Home ftp-ing

NOW Here is my explanation. (maybe easier to just follow the link)

Install filezilla server on the laptop.
Install filezilla client on pc. Now ftp stuff over by browsing the laptop on the pc.


Both pcs must be connected to the same network (wired or wireless ; although wired is faster using any ethernet cable.)


Might give this a go.... sounds easier..... but there again.... networking sounds easy! (not for me it ain't though!). :oops:
#30
churchy2704
Guys I'm still failing miserably.

I got the folder name that i need to transfer showing on "My Network Places" on the laptop and I got the name of my desktop under "Network" on my pc. Now how do I get the info of each pc onto the other pc? If you see what I mean?


did you manage to map the drive as i said?
banned#31
mosskeeto
did you manage to map the drive as i said?


Well, tried it but it comes up as unable to find anything of that name! What drive letter do I put in?

I'll try it again.
#32
Have you tried my suggestion?
#33
churchy2704
Well, tried it but it comes up as unable to find anything of that name! What drive letter do I put in?

I'll try it again.


does the folder open from network places then?
banned#34
deathtrap3000
Have you tried my suggestion?


Thought I had but it obviously didn't work! Again, excuse my ignorance but haven't both laptop and desktop got internet connection now?

God, I wish a big hole would just open up and swallow me sometimes.... like now! :oops:
#35
churchy2704
Again, excuse my ignorance but haven't both laptop and desktop got internet connection now?


Yes they should if the cable works...and you've set it up right.


EDIT.

I must go and eat...be back in a bit.
banned#36
Xiwt
Hang on hang on... I'm getting lost here (gonna have some food now!) Do you have a router? or do you have a wireless network card in each computer? if yes to the first You should defo be able to set up network without crossover. If yes to the second this might help.


Yeah go and have your food, I feel I should buy it for you all! :-D

Both laptop and desktop are now wired thru the router. I don't know if this is right or wrong to be honest.

Go get some food! :thumbsup:
1 Like #37
churchy2704
Thought I had but it obviously didn't work! Again, excuse my ignorance but haven't both laptop and desktop got internet connection now?

God, I wish a big hole would just open up and swallow me sometimes.... like now! :oops:


If they both have a connection to the internet, then it should have worked and both computers can see each other.
At least, thats what happened with mine earlier.
banned#38
deathtrap3000
If they both have a connection to the internet, then it should have worked and both computers can see each other.
At least, thats what happened with mine earlier.


Yep, just checked the lappy on the internet.... both connected but there's something I'm not doing correctly obviously. Maybe I need to start again. I'm sure I set up a Network between 2 pc's before but obviously lost the intelligence to do it again.
#39
did you try the home ftp method?
banned#40
Xiwt
did you try the home ftp method?


Hope you enjoyed you food. :-D

No, ain't tried that, bit nervous about that coz there's some personal stuff I gotta transfer, nowt illegal, just personal. Is that method safe?

Just gone back to my memory pen thingy.... wow.... another few files moved! :-D

Ummmm.... just looked and that looks really complicated! May be forced to try it though.

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