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Old 08-21-2016, 02:58 PM
 
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If I want to transfer files between two PCs, and all I have is an Ethernet cable, how can it be done?

I've read/seen about Windows easy transfer, but when I tried it (with Ethernet cable connecting the two PCs), it says cannot find easy transfer cable?

So basically: (1)is Ethernet cable an "easy transfer cable"? (2) Can files be transferred by simply connecting the two PC's using Ethernet cable? (apparently that doesn't work---need settings? router or what? I thought router is for wireless??)
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Old 08-21-2016, 03:12 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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No SD cards? External HDD? DVD/CD writer/reader?
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Old 08-21-2016, 03:26 PM
 
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I second Opana's suggestion to use removable media. Bonus points: you'll have a hard copy backup.

You'd need a crossover ethernet cable to connect 2 PCs. A standard cable won't work.
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Old 08-21-2016, 03:33 PM
 
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I do have external HD but it's more of a hassle to transfer laptop=>external HD=>desktop. I thought with a cable in between the files can be transferred directly? The Ethernet net cable I have is for Internet modem. Maybe need this "easy transfer cable"?
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Old 08-21-2016, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Sugarmill Woods , FL
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You need to do a cross over cable, Walmart has one for like $7
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Belkin-CA...&wl13=&veh=sem
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Old 08-21-2016, 03:50 PM
 
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You can get one for less than $2.
7ft 24AWG Cat6 500MHz Crossover Bare Copper Ethernet Network Cable - Orange - Monoprice.com
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Old 08-21-2016, 03:51 PM
 
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With use a crossover cable to go from PC to PC or get a simply 4 port router. Both computers got to be in the same workgroup (control Panel\ System, change computer name or workgroup.

Make a folder on each computer (call it PUBLIC) Right click and Share the folder. GO to the other computer and you should see it on your network. It's easy to do.
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Old 08-21-2016, 04:01 PM
 
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Thank you all! Once I connected the 2 PCs using the crossover cables you recommended, will the PCs show up on each other immediately, or do I need to perform something? Clueless :O) (In short, I'm looking for the simpliest, most direct way...)

P.S. So the Ethernet that I have is only good for computer to modem, not computer to computer?
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Old 08-21-2016, 06:41 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Another option for future reference is to use online storage - such as Google Drive. Just upload everything from computer 1 onto Google Drive, then sign into Google Drive on computer 2 and download everything you need. This is what I usually do. No special cables needed, and the 2 computers don't even need to be in the same room.
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Old 08-21-2016, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Also if the computers have blue tooth you will probably be able to find an option to send and receive files.
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