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June 6, 2006 1:49:02 AM

Transfer files from laptop to desktop PC
How do you connect laptop to desktop PC and transfer files fast?

The 15" SXGA LCD of my Dell Inspiron 5150 went dead. Windows XP on the laptop runs fine. External display attached via the laptop's video connector works well too.

Right now, I need to urgently backup files on the laptop's hard disk to PC.

Question 1:
How do you connect laptop to desktop PC? What is the interface that allows fastest file transfer rate? Via serial cable, USB2 or firewire? My desktop PC has a Gigabyte 8IRXP motherboard and housed in a Lianli PC70 case which lets me use pretty any interface available.

Question 2:
However I don't have idea about the looks of serial/USB2/firewire cable I should use to connect my Inspiron to PC. I haven't used serial cable that much. And USB2/firewire cable's connectors on both end varies. Not sure what kind is for this particular job...Anyone could kindly attach pictures of these cables? :oops: 

Question 3:
Is there such a way where I can connect laptop to PC, and have the laptop's hard disk shown up like slave drive on PC's desktop?
On the Inspiron's hard disk, two partitions one of which has Windows XP.

Questions 4:
Is there special software that make the whole thing easier?

Please enlighten me. :D  Appreciate it!!!

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June 6, 2006 5:05:13 PM

The easiest way would be to creat a local area network (lan) using a router or hub, plug both computers into the hub using cat5 cable (ethernet cable). Then you share all the drives on your laptop by right clicking and choosing share (go through all the security stuff and click ok). Then you go to network places on your desktop and choose show workgroup computers, all the drives from your laptop will appear. Click and drag the files you want to the appropriate drive on your desktop.
June 7, 2006 6:59:22 AM

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The easiest way would be to creat a local area network (lan) using a router or hub, plug both computers into the hub using cat5 cable (ethernet cable). Then you share all the drives on your laptop by right clicking and choosing share (go through all the security stuff and click ok). Then you go to network places on your desktop and choose show workgroup computers, all the drives from your laptop will appear. Click and drag the files you want to the appropriate drive on your desktop.


Thanks for the tip. I will try that LAN+CAT5 cable method.:) 

As a matter of fact, I have a 6-Pin to 4-Pin FireWire cable that comes with my 3.5"/5.25" USB2/Firewire enclosure. A user from other forum confirmed that once connected via firewire the Inpiron's hard disk will show up in My Computer like slave drive, I will try it with firewire transfer.
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August 20, 2006 12:54:50 PM

Either lan or get a usb cable to connect both of them up to eachother.
November 26, 2009 4:59:23 AM

The fastest way is to connect both computers to a lan. Then proceed by networking then choose workgourps. The 2 computers should be connected to the same workgroup so that it you will be able to share files to both computers. Setting it up should be easy. Check for more tips and computer reviews at Laptop Pc Computers
Anonymous
a b D Laptop
January 18, 2010 7:02:57 PM

can i plug my laptop to desktop pc whit usb 2.0 cabel or is that gona breake my laptop?
sry my bad english im from finland and i havent speaked englis for while :( 
Anonymous
a b D Laptop
March 29, 2010 11:24:31 PM

Yep, you don't need a router/hub. can simply connect the laptop and PC (Ethernet 10/100) sockets with a crossover cable, which you can get for a couple of pounds... The Microsoft "Set up a network" wizards are fairly easy to follow. and then Share the folders you want to transfer simply by right-clicking n them and following the choices given.
Good luck
Anonymous
a b D Laptop
April 1, 2010 12:37:02 PM

Hi, i want to do similar with mine, except that my laptop battery is dead (and the mains won't work) - can I still transfer with the laptop powered off? Many thanks
April 20, 2010 7:25:45 PM

Is there a specific procedure I need to take to transfer file from a desktop windows 2000 pro to a laptop Windows xp pro?
April 22, 2010 1:10:50 AM

Well LAN is not the fastest way as most with have 100mbps LAN setup the fastest way will be with external HDD running on SATA II 2nd will be HDD with fire-wire or use USB 2.0 unless you have a 3.0 setup just copy and past to make it easy. If you want more faster then that just pull out the HDD from old computer and place it as slave in the new computer ie if you know what you are doing.For either windows 2000 or me/98 to xp will be via file transfer wizard and tell it to place file on a location " have not done that in years".
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Anonymous
a b D Laptop
May 20, 2010 5:02:43 AM

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The Microsoft "Set up a network" wizards are fairly easy to follow.


Uh, yeah.. hmm...

I'm sitting here on Windoze 7 and while there is a wizard whose name is "Set up a new network"

The problem is it really refers to "Configure a new router or access point".

The question I have, which I thought this thread was about, was directly connecting two laptops by simply using a cable (i.e. without buying a router too). None of the 'connection option's seem to address connecting two computers directly with no network hardware involved, just a cable. It seems like Microsoft makes this quite difficult.
Anonymous
a b D Laptop
August 6, 2010 3:49:13 AM

I would love to connect my labtop to my desktop WITHOUT networking so pretend my labtop is a mp3 player just way advanced how the heck do i do this? What type of cable(s) do I need to accomplish this task? both run windows 7 64 bit home premium.
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Anonymous
a b D Laptop
August 21, 2010 5:38:10 AM

pccomputergeek said:
The fastest way is to connect both computers to a lan. Then proceed by networking then choose workgourps. The 2 computers should be connected to the same workgroup so that it you will be able to share files to both computers. Setting it up should be easy. Check for more tips and computer reviews at Laptop Pc Computers



how do you choose or get to the same workgroup
August 26, 2010 4:40:59 AM

i myself disagree with everyone as far as being really easy to do go out an buy a hard drive enclosure and take the drive from the laptop an stick it in there then connect usb boom theres ur files
heres a example

http://www.bixnet.com/usbporenfor2.html
August 26, 2010 4:42:32 AM

and my way is the fastest way actually especially if u dont know the network groups setup etc
Anonymous
a b D Laptop
September 10, 2010 2:17:46 PM

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how do you choose or get to the same workgroup
how to connect lap top to pc via vga cable please help me
September 15, 2010 11:27:47 PM

+1 chillaxinb4u

I wouldn't even buy the enclosure unless you plan to keep the hard drive as an external from now on.

I'd just pull the laptop hard drive and connect it directly to the desktop's motherboard SATA controller and add power from the desktop PSU.
September 21, 2010 4:32:53 AM

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