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    Quickest way to copy files from one laptop to another?

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    if you use wireless for them both just create a shared network - then copy them across and delete the shared network, if not needed.

    or a cheap usb stick

    Edited by: "Predikuesi" 27th Dec 2010

    Would recommend dropbox too, I imagine it's probably the quickest way as setting up and using a shared network is a pain (if you're on windows)

    Depends on the size of the files really, if they are big files then dropbox is a bit redundant as it'd take so long to upload them in the first place... so if they are big files I'd say a USB hard drive would be the quickest way other than setting up a shared network.

    SecondNature08

    Would recommend dropbox too, I imagine it's probably the quickest way as … Would recommend dropbox too, I imagine it's probably the quickest way as setting up and using a shared network is a pain (if you're on windows)



    Is it ? on xp just enable file sharing that's windows isn't it. vista and 7 a little more complicated(if you say so) but not really or much of a pain

    social.technet.microsoft.com/For…cd5

    windows.microsoft.com/en-…ing

    howtogeek.com/how…xp/

    anyways . usb hard drive is your best option as mentioned above
    Edited by: "dontasciime" 27th Dec 2010

    send all the files in a email too yourself, then download it on the other laptop.

    ^Great idea but most email accounts have restrictions on the number and size of things you can send so unless everything can be zipped up this probably won't be viable

    dontasciime

    Is it ? on xp just enable file sharing that's windows isn't it. vista and … Is it ? on xp just enable file sharing that's windows isn't it. vista and 7 a little more complicated(if you say so) but not really or much of a painhttp://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7itpronetworking/thread/033c418b-1096-4df7-bfad-fd3d431f3cd5http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Enable-file-and-printer-sharinghttp://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-7/share-files-and-printers-between-windows-7-and-xp/anyways . usb hard drive is your best option as mentioned above


    Fair enough, it does seem quite easy on xp and to be fair when I tried setting it up on vista we had numerous latops that wanted to access it and it was a nightmare trying to set up authorisations so I'm quite biased towards it.

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    si_dawg

    if you use wireless for them both just create a shared network - then … if you use wireless for them both just create a shared network - then copy them across and delete the shared network, if not needed.or a cheap usb stick



    Lol thanks mate i wish if they were small files its probably around 100gb:(


    Predikuesi

    DropboxDropbox download here




    Had a look at that mate, think that would take to long as the files are over 100gb.

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    dontasciime

    Is it ? on xp just enable file sharing that's windows isn't it. vista and … Is it ? on xp just enable file sharing that's windows isn't it. vista and 7 a little more complicated(if you say so) but not really or much of a painhttp://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7itpronetworking/thread/033c418b-1096-4df7-bfad-fd3d431f3cd5http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Enable-file-and-printer-sharinghttp://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-7/share-files-and-printers-between-windows-7-and-xp/anyways . usb hard drive is your best option as mentioned above



    Thanks for the links mate maybe they will be useful for something else

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    farhadmaster

    send all the files in a email too yourself, then download it on the other … send all the files in a email too yourself, then download it on the other laptop.


    Lol thanks for that mate i would if they were small files lol.

    Banned

    dropbox is one of the slowest ways possible!

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    farhadmaster

    send all the files in a email too yourself, then download it on the other … send all the files in a email too yourself, then download it on the other laptop.


    OH DEAR!

    Shared network is the way to go.

    Banned

    Buy macs and set up shared network - then drag and drop.

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    JonnyTwoToes

    Buy macs and set up wireless network - then drag and drop.

    JonnyTwoToes



    so good he said it twice....

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    WoolyM

    so good he said it twice....



    Nothing decent to quote on this site anymore.

    use an external usb drive to copy files to it's your best and only option with 100gb to copy or cloning drive (ghost etc) . Wireless tx would take to long even a 100mbps wired connection will take longer @ around 10 meg to 11.5 meg a second use usb 2 external Hdd and you will get 22* meg a second to ext usb (*under estimate over usb2)

    cross-over cable would be quicker than usb, but you would obviously need the cable

    richdoc

    cross-over cable would be quicker than usb, but you would obviously need … cross-over cable would be quicker than usb, but you would obviously need the cable



    really i only get 11.73 max meg a second over a 10/100 [12.5* being the throughput max] and i get at least 22 meg a second and in reality thats 28- 30 meg a second usb2 real world speeds when using ext HDDs


    Edited by: "dontasciime" 30th Dec 2010

    dontasciime

    really i only get 11.73 max meg a second over a 10/100 [12.5* being the … really i only get 11.73 max meg a second over a 10/100 [12.5* being the throughput max] and i get at least 22 meg a second and in reality thats 28- 30 meg a second usb2 real world speeds when using ext HDDs



    Really, well thats very good but you seem to have forgotten that with an external drive you would need to copy back onto the other laptop wheras with a crossover cable there is only one copy involved. You are correct that the effective copy speed of USB 2 is theoretically quicker than 10/100 but only just and what about if you had 1gb ethernet? Also its more hassle to do 2 copies rather than 1, though I appreciate not everyone has a crossover cable.

    Edited by: "richdoc" 31st Dec 2010

    macs are terrible for communicating with pc's.
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