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    Fastest way to connect two computers ?

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    I am trying to transfer huge data between two computers , about 50gigs. usb drive will take for ever.

    any quicker way u recommend ? like an ethernet cable or sumin ?
    thx

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    open both computers, connect both drives to one computer.

    floppy disc zip spanning

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    ctuk;5487953

    open both computers, connect both drives to one computer.



    forgot to mention. one is netbook and one is desktop. both connected to my wireless router tho.

    possible to connect my netbook drive in my laptop ? same pins etc ?

    I wouldn't bother opening the netbook, either copying to/from a portable hd or just transfer the files accross your network, it's going to take a while though

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    via a network

    Get a USB transfer cable and link the two of them.

    Unless both machines have gigabit network cards in them, this is the fastest way - 480Mbit p/s (USB 2.0) as opposed to 100Mbit on Ethernet (100base-T). If you're sure they both have 1000Base-T cards (gigabit), then an ethernet cable between them will be the fastest way.

    Do ftp via network.

    You can use the filezilla client and host software free - download from their site.

    Very easy, I did it a while back.

    also no need to buy a usb cable.
    just set it up to transfer and leave it to do it. Its fastest, wired by ethernet.

    firewire is fast, if both computers have it

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    Xb0xGuru;5488067

    Get a USB transfer cable and link the two of them.Unless both machines … Get a USB transfer cable and link the two of them.Unless both machines have gigabit network cards in them, this is the fastest way - 480Mbit p/s (USB 2.0) as opposed to 100Mbit on Ethernet (100base-T). If you're sure they both have 1000Base-T cards (gigabit), then an ethernet cable between them will be the fastest way.



    how do i set ethernet connection between two ?

    gR8_mUndA;5488367

    how do i set ethernet connection between two ?



    Because neither will have a DHCP server set up, you'll just need to go into the Network Settings of each machine's Ethernet TCP/IP properties.

    eg.
    PC1 (netbook) : IP Address 192.168.0.1, Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0, Gateway (leave blank)
    PC2 (desktop) : IP Address 192.168.0.2, Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0, Gateway (leave blank).

    It's possible that they're set to auto assign at the moment - just be sure to change them back afterwards.

    Once you've got these setup, just share a folder on the destination machine and make it read/write. You should now be able to access the machine from 'My Network Places'.

    Xb0xGuru;5488429

    Because neither will have a DHCP server set up, you'll just need to go … Because neither will have a DHCP server set up, you'll just need to go into the Network Settings of each machine's Ethernet TCP/IP properties.eg.PC1 (netbook) : IP Address 192.168.0.1, Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0, Gateway (leave blank)PC2 (desktop) : IP Address 192.168.0.2, Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0, Gateway (leave blank).It's possible that they're set to auto assign at the moment - just be sure to change them back afterwards.Once you've got these setup, just share a folder on the destination machine and make it read/write. You should now be able to access the machine from 'My Network Places'.



    Its easier to do it over the network considering he already has one set up.
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    You might get 26 meg a second over gigalan using at least cat5e but you should be able to get 28 meg to 32 meg a second depending on the EHCI implementation on mobo's for usb2 ..transfers.

    Easiest would be network tx but not wireless unless you can caddy one of the 2.5 or 3.5 drives

    The fastest way in terms of transfer speeds is going to be hooking the netbook drive up to the desktop but you may have to take the entire netbook apart to get at it and it may be a different format once you've got to it. Still, this is the best way if it's an easily accessible SATA drive (and you have a spare SATA cable). You could be looking at a transfer time of 15 minutes or so depending on the file size and drive speed.

    The second best way would be via USB, a USB transfer cable would presumably be best. I've no experience of them myself but if they transfer at the full speed you're looking at half an hour. A USB disk should take twice as long as you have to transfer it onto and them off the drive.

    Gigabit ethernet is about the same speed as USB I believe, fast ethernet is about 10MB/s in the real world I think, so you're looking at an hour and a half.

    wifi should be a last resort, if you're lucky it'll take three and a half hours.

    It might help if you stick all the fast into a zip file with the fastest compression possible (or none at all) as large files transfer quicker than lots of small ones. There's probably not much point in compressing the files as large files generally have compression built in these days.

    amzmalhotra;5488628

    Its easier to do it over the network considering he already has one set … Its easier to do it over the network considering he already has one set up. ]http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/windows_share_your_folders.mspx?mfr=true



    All you've linked is how to share folders, which is what I suggested anyway once you have them connected via a LAN cable. Read his 2nd post again, he's over a wi-fi network.

    Of course, if all three devices are near to each other, you just need a couple of networking cables and the DHCP server in the router will take care of TCP/IP addressing. You just then need to setup file sharing on the destination machine as explained. I would suggest that you disable the wi-fi adaptors on both machines too, so there's no confusion when it's all set up.

    EndlessWaves;5488817

    The fastest way in terms of transfer speeds is going to be hooking the … The fastest way in terms of transfer speeds is going to be hooking the netbook drive up to the desktop but you may have to take the entire netbook apart to get at it and it may be a different format once you've got to it. Still, this is the best way if it's an easily accessible SATA drive (and you have a spare SATA cable). You could be looking at a transfer time of 15 minutes or so depending on the file size and drive speed.The second best way would be via USB, a USB transfer cable would presumably be best. I've no experience of them myself but if they transfer at the full speed you're looking at half an hour. A USB disk should take twice as long as you have to transfer it onto and them off the drive.Gigabit ethernet is about the same speed as USB I believe, fast ethernet is about 10MB/s in the real world I think, so you're looking at an hour and a half.wifi should be a last resort, if you're lucky it'll take three and a half hours.It might help if you stick all the fast into a zip file with the fastest compression possible (or none at all) as large files transfer quicker than lots of small ones. There's probably not much point in compressing the files as large files generally have compression built in these days.



    Gigabit ethernet is 1000Mbit (hence the name). USB 2.0 is 480Mbit maximum speed. They're not the same.

    Did you read any of the other posts in the thread, as it seems you're just repeating what's already here.

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    thank you all. u all get rep

    Xb0xGuru;5488856

    Gigabit ethernet is 1000Mbit (hence the name). USB 2.0 is 480Mbit maximum … Gigabit ethernet is 1000Mbit (hence the name). USB 2.0 is 480Mbit maximum speed. They're not the same.



    No, those are just the marketing numbers ('theoretical maximum speeds' if you want to be polite). USB only transfers at about half that - 240Mbit/s or 30MB/s. Gigabit Ethernet speed seems to vary depending on hardware and cabling but figures of 25-40MB/s such as the one given by dontasciime are common. Hence my comment about them being roughly the same speed.

    Xb0xGuru;5488856

    Did you read any of the other posts in the thread, as it seems you're … Did you read any of the other posts in the thread, as it seems you're just repeating what's already here.



    So, which other post game time estimates? Or answered the question about whether the drive could be plugged into the desktop directly? I did include some redundant information because I wanted to write a fairly complete answer rather than just make a serious of points.

    EndlessWaves;5491458

    No, those are just the marketing numbers ('theoretical maximum speeds' if … No, those are just the marketing numbers ('theoretical maximum speeds' if you want to be polite). USB only transfers at about half that - 240Mbit/s or 30MB/s. Gigabit Ethernet speed seems to vary depending on hardware and cabling but figures of 25-40MB/s such as the one given by dontasciime are common. Hence my comment about them being roughly the same speed.



    Based on what? Yes, between one machine to another you'll be limited to other bottlenecks such as HDD speeds. Don't think that Gigabit Ethernet is slow because you can't squirt it down the pipe any faster. Put a Gigabit backbone on a small LAN with more than 5 computers and you will see much faster speeds.


    EndlessWaves;5491458

    So, which other post game time estimates?



    You took the amount and divided it by the bandwidth - well done.

    EndlessWaves;5491458

    Or answered the question about whether the drive could be plugged into … Or answered the question about whether the drive could be plugged into the desktop directly?



    It's the very first reply to the OP!!!

    EndlessWaves;5491458

    I did include some redundant information because I wanted to write a … I did include some redundant information because I wanted to write a fairly complete answer rather than just make a serious of points.



    Fair enough, but give credit where it's due. It's really rude to just post what others have said without referring to it in some way :thumbsup:

    Pci bus limits stuff down to a crawl (well not actually a crawl at 20 meg + but slower than achievable say

    I run 15 computers on 2x (8) port Gigalan GS108 switches and I see at best 26-30 meg a second on cat 5e cable and because not all of my computers are shall we say modern pci-x (ex) 10/100/1000 net cards I see some slowdown between cards on same speed but diff bus.

    dontasciime;5492880

    Pci bus limits stuff down to a crawl (well not actually a crawl at 20 meg … Pci bus limits stuff down to a crawl (well not actually a crawl at 20 meg + but slower than achievable say I run 15 computers on 2x (8) port Gigalan GS108 switches and I see at best 26-30 meg a second on cat 5e cable and because not all of my computers are shall we say modern pci-x (ex) 10/100/1000 net cards I see some slowdown between cards on same speed but diff bus.



    Absolutely - the lowest common denominator will always come into play, regardless of what equipment you have. Typically there's no point in connecting a gigabit ethernet lan between two computers as you rightly say, PCI bus is limited to 33MB/s any way.

    Whilst you won't see a great deal of speed between PC to PC, measure the bandwidth between the two switches - you should see a lot of throughput if the demand is high enough.

    I'd just use and Ethernet cable. Easy enough to use and transferring 50GB aint much. I had to back up my HDs the other week- over 1TB of data to copy over. That took awhile going vai USB2.
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