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Posted 03 December 2003 - 08:57 AM
Don't know if anyone will know what I'm talking about or how to do it, but here goes.
I have a new laptop. From time to time I'll need to move files from my desktop computer to my laptop and vise versa. A guy I used to work with told me there was a way to physically link the computers together (with a printer cable maybe?) a type a DOS command that would let you copy files from one hard drive to another.
Anybody know how to do this or something similar to it?
I know there are programs like PCAnywhere, but for the few times I'd need to do this, I really don't want to pay $200 for the program
Posted 03 December 2003 - 09:24 AM
If you don't have an A drive, you can buy a USB memory stick and transfer files that way.
Or you can network the two computers through an ethernet or wireless network, and then you can access the files on either computer, to either computer and copy at will. If you want to use your laptop on your main computer's high speed internet, you'd want to network them anyway.
You can also do the actual linking of computers, but the other choices above are probably easier for only needing to do this once in awhile.
Does this help?
Posted 03 December 2003 - 09:37 AM
You could also network your computers but then there is a cost involved in buying the hardware/software. I don't like having my computers networked anyway because if someone in the office gets a virus and the computers are networked, you all get it but with them being separate, only one is affected.
Posted 03 December 2003 - 10:28 AM
I've used all of the above techniques at one time or another.
Posted 03 December 2003 - 11:19 AM
We used to call the floppy drive solution "sneaker net," and it works well enough in the absence of other technologies. IMO, however, there is absolutely no substitute for a real network. That software IS built-in, of course, and the cost of the hardware goes down every time I look. Depending on how old the laptop is, you can probably buy all the hardware for less than a hundred dollars. Adding a third computer (which you eventually will) will cost another twenty bucks.
The best reason for a network, I think, is backup. Hard disks fail and unless you routinely create multiple file copies, the HD failure will ALWAYS happen at the worst possible time. A network doesn't force you to backup data, but it does help encourage it.
Posted 03 December 2003 - 11:27 AM
Posted 03 December 2003 - 02:34 PM
if WinDoz,check your manual,install cd,menu.
they have,or at least had,a piece of software that did just what you want to do.
if you can read,and write CDs,on both machines,then get a rewriteable CD.
this will allow you to move a lot more files,and doubles as an emergency back up.
Bat those lovely eyes at someone and say,can you show me how to do this.
NOTE: this will seldom work more than 2 or 3 times on the same 'someone'.
Posted 03 December 2003 - 02:38 PM
With all the great ideas everyone has given (some I'd already thought of), I'm not worried about the DOS thing anymore. But thanks for the input, T. (And the compliment... however, most of the people I know well enough to bat my eyes at are online friends so they can't see my eyes! )
Posted 03 December 2003 - 05:57 PM
Synchronizing files with Synchronization Manager
Synchronizing files with Briefcase
Posted 03 December 2003 - 06:25 PM
Posted 03 December 2003 - 06:30 PM
I thought I'd recommend that because of the title of this post even though Karon was asking about transferring files from one computer to the next.
I actually have two drives in my work station and weekly I create an image of the first drive and store it on the backup drive as well as the main drive. If I ever experience a hard drive failure, all I have to do is swap drives and can be back up and running quickly. If many of you are like me, you do not have the time to rebuild a hard drive when a failure occurs.
Posted 03 December 2003 - 07:45 PM
Posted 04 December 2003 - 05:13 AM
Normally one of the simplest and easiest ways to connect to machines for synchronisation is to buy / make a crossover network cable. I used to do this with my laptop and main machine until I finally got broadband and my ADSL router supports wireless so I now use a wireless LAN adapter on the laptop.
The only problem I now have with a wireless connection on the laptop is sitting up half the night reading the high rankings forum in bed when I should be sleeping
Posted 04 December 2003 - 02:36 PM
All you would need then is a crossover ethernet cable so you can directly connect the two systems (unless they are already networked)...
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