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Transfer from one HD to another.......

What is the best way to transfer various files from one PC to another? (about 40gb) I thought about uploading them online, then download them, but that would take too long and be a real pain in the ass. What about serial port to serial port or USB to USB?
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What is the best way to transfer various files from one PC to another? (about 40gb) I thought about uploading them online, then download them, but that would take too long and be a real pain in the ass. What about serial port to serial port or USB to USB?

When I transfer large files like that I just run it through my network via a router. It's usually takes a while, I have it run overnight, when no none is on the computer so no lag can occur, and it won't be disturbed when transferring. Usually when running large transfers like this the smallest thing like opening AIM will lock up the PC or stop the transfer.If hope you have a G-router cause it will take a long ass time on a A or B type router.


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Get something like this:

http://usb.brando.com.hk/prod_detail...d82ec05d5de9a9

Plug it into the new PC. The 'old drive' shows up as a USB drive on the new machine.

I probably use my cable/adapter 3-4 times a year on both desktop drives and laptop drives. Works great.
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If hope you have a G-router cause it will take a long ass time on a A or B type router.


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I do have a router,but, I don't know if it's a G-router, a Microsoft MN700 . My son gave it to me a while back so I could link both PC's in my house to the internet. I was looking at the D-Link D-624, but, I'm not looking on spending any more than I have to.


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Get something like this:

http://usb.brando.com.hk/prod_detail...d82ec05d5de9a9

Plug it into the new PC. The 'old drive' shows up as a USB drive on the new machine.
After doing search on Pricegrabber......they're about the same price in the US. I'd be more inclined to go with this way as opposed to using a router.

Now, here's the thing....both of these would not only be a 1-time purchase, but, probably only a 1-time use, particularly the USB-to-IDE cable. Tho, the G-router could be used to replace my Bill Gates Special, but, even the BG Special works fine and suits my purpose...or did, as there is only one machine in my house now.

BUT(!) , then I found a DNA Migrator. After rebates, it's basically free! Hmmmm. Indecision, indecision. What to do?! I got it!! FREE wins out!! Thanks for the help, guys!
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I just wanted to point out that a or b or g is only for wireless routers. If you were to use the router to link two PCs with ethernet cables, It wouldn't make a bit of difference.
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Yep! I'm all hardwired so I'll be transferring my files via D-Link. I thought about just plugging the old drive into the new machine but it'll be easier the other way ...
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i vote for just plugging in the old drive in the secondary channel of the new one, over all fastest and FREE way of doing it if you dont want to send them over the network, dont think id buy either one just for a one time thing when i could spend like 3 minutes and putting a new drive in, hell you dont even have to screw it in, and it will only take like an hour total time for everything
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I agree that's the quickest way but if he's already hardwired like I am and both machines have a J-45 then it's just a matter of two cables (which he should already have) and a couple of hours at most to transfer ...
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I thought about just plugging the old drive into the new machine but it'll be easier the other way ...
I was going to do it that way and just leave it in for added storage, but, I don't need 300gb of space, not yet anyhow.
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When I transfer large files like that I just run it through my network via a router. It's usually takes a while, I have it run overnight, when no none is on the computer so no lag can occur, and it won't be disturbed when transferring. Usually when running large transfers like this the smallest thing like opening AIM will lock up the PC or stop the transfer.If hope you have a G-router cause it will take a long ass time on a A or B type router.


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oh, just to clarify, an A band wireless device will run at the same (or in reality faster, due to less traffic congestion) than G devices


both A & G devices are rated to 54 Mbps
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I change PCs and help out friends and family often enough that getting that USB adapter cable was a good buy. It even works with CD/DVD drives. brando.com.hk makes a usb adapter that talks to SATA drives too.
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i vote for just plugging in the old drive in the secondary channel of the new one, over all fastest and FREE way of doing it if you dont want to send them over the network, dont think id buy either one just for a one time thing when i could spend like 3 minutes and putting a new drive in, hell you dont even have to screw it in, and it will only take like an hour total time for everything
Agreed. This IS the best way.. since you'll already have all the required hardware. Set drive to slave, or cable select and plug it into the slave part of the cable,.. you can easily just drag and drop. 40 gigs will take something like an hour, but it's faster than all the other options.. and far more reliable.
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