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transferring files between computers without usb

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#1 mustangpilot73


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Posted 25 May 2010 - 06:48 PM

ok so here is the deal. i have alot of files on my old computer that i need to transfer to my new one. here is the catch. all my usb ports are fried on my old comp so there is no way i can hook up a usb cord, flash drive, ecternal hard drive, etc. any help would be appreciated. thanks

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 06:59 PM

do both computers have an Ethernet(a.k.a NIC) card/port?

If so, you could use a crossover cat-5 cable to connect both systems and transfer data.


Connect both computers to a router using standard Ethernet cables, accessing one from the other and transferring data.

[ For both options: you need to make one PC the host (thro ' network connections/places), so the other could simply connect to it ]

Last option:

Take out the hard drive from the 1st PC, connect it to the second one (connection type - slave), reboot and you should be able to access the drive's contents. Transferring data should now be easy!


As strolln pointed out, burning discs is another option.

Edited by ReviverSoft, 25 May 2010 - 07:12 PM.

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 07:02 PM

If both computers have NICs (network Interface Card) you could connect them via a crossover cable and transfer files that way. Another possibility is if the old computer has CD or DVD with write capability and the new computer has read capability you could copy files that way. I'm guessing that neither computer has floppy drives or other ports such as serial or parallel.
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Posted 25 May 2010 - 08:10 PM

The simplest solution...would be to remove the hard drive from the old system...and just attach it directly to the new system's motherboard.

If that's not possible, you can use an inexpensive controller card to attach the drive.


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Posted 25 May 2010 - 08:56 PM

you dont even need the crossover cable, I have done this with regular ethernet cable.

plug the ethernet in each computer's nic.

Set each computer's nic to consecutive ip's on the same subnet, like

computer a:


computer b:


make a network drive and copy and paste the files and they will transfer fast.

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 12:46 PM

If the old computer is a tower you can easily add a PCI USB interface card
Then you will have working USB ports for the future
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