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How to Transfer Files From PC to PC Using USB Cable

Updated on Oct 16, 2019 by Jean to PC Transfer

Summary:
You can connect two PCs and laptops via a USB cable for fast data transfer. Apart from showing you how to transfer files from PC to PC using USB cable in this article, we will also guide you through transferring data between two PCs in the other two ways, including PC data transfer with a USB drive and using cloud storage.

You can transfer files from PC to PC in a very easy way after connecting two PCs with a US data transfer cable. By connecting two PCs with a USB cable, you can transfer files from one PC to another, and even build a small network and share your Internet connection with a second PC. In the following part, we will explain how to connect two PCs via a USB cable and how to accomplish the data transfer with step-by-step guides. 

How to Transfer Files From PC to PC Using a USB Cable

For PC-to-PC transfer, you first need to know how to connect the two computers. To do so, you need a USB-to-USB bridging cable or USB networking cable. The PC data transfer cable has a small electronic circuit in the middle allowing the two PCs to talk to each other. The sample image below is what a USB cable looks like, and you can use it to connect two computers by inserting either end of the cable to the USB port of each computer. Once the machines are connected successfully, you can quickly transfer files from one computer to another. 

how to transfer files from PC to PC using USB

Now, let's learn how to do USB to USB file transfer. 

Step 1. Boot both the PCs. Wait till both of them finishes the startup process and are ready to be used.

Step 2. Now take out your USB cable. Insert one end of the cable into the USB port of your computer 1, and the other end into the USB port of computer 2. Wait till both the PCs recognize the USB cable. This should also start an installation wizard.

Step 3. Choose the installation type by selecting the "USB Super link adapter." Hit "Next".

Step 4. Select "High-Speed Data Bridge" from the "Mode" drop-down menu.

Step 5. Click on the Start menu and select "Run..." Type devmgmt.msc without the quotes and hit "Enter".

Step 6. Click on the little plus sign to expand "System Devices." Check to make sure your USB cable is listed as "Hi-Speed USB Bridge Cable." Your cable may use a slightly different name, depending on the manufacturer.

Step 7. Insert the installation disk that was packaged with the USB cable into your CD/DVD-ROM drive. Follow the guided prompts to install the data transfer software. Repeat this step for the other computer to install the same software.

Step 8. Launch the program on both computers. You should see a two-sided window. On its left side, it will show your computer, and on its right side, it will show the remote computer or the new computer where you want to transfer the data.

Step 9. Select the drive/partition as per your preference. Drag the folders and files you want to transfer and drop them to the desired location. Disconnect the cable when the transfer is done.

You can use this way to transfer files from computer 1 to computer 2 or in the vice versa.

The source page of the above-detailed steps is https://www.techwalla.com/articles/how-to-transfer-data-from-pc-to-pc-using-usb-cable.

Further Reading: How to Transfer Files from One Mac to Another Using USB Cable

You can connect two Macs via USB, but you'll need to add a USB-to-Ethernet adapter and Ethernet cable to the mix.

Step 1. Connect the USB adapter into a USB port on Mac 1.

Step 2. Connect one end of the Ethernet cable into the RJ-45 port of Mac 2. Then, plug the other end of the Ethernet cable into the USB adapter.

Step 3. On the two computers, click the "Apple menu" > "System Preference" >  select "Sharing"  to open the “Sharing” preferences.

Step 4. Connect the computers in Finder. On one Mac, open "Finder" > click "Go" > "Connect to server". Click "Browse" to choose the target computer from the device list. You may need to enter its password if prompted.

Step 5. Now, drag and drop files between two Macs within this Finder window. 

Other Two Ways to Transfer Data from PC to PC in Windows 10

Except for transferring files from PC to PC using USB cable, there still are other practical ways to make it according to actual demands.

How to Transfer Files from PC to PC Using a USB Flash Drive

Although it is not common to have USB-to-UBS bridge cables, most people have USB drives indeed. You can use a USB flash memory drive when you have just a few files to transfer. Suppose you have a huge number of files that are much larger than your USB capacity, can you still move files between two PCs with the USB drive? YES, you can make it with the help of EaseUS Todo PCTans. This powerful data transfer software enables you to create an image file on the source computer and restore it on another one effortless. Let's see how to transfer data from PC to PC with the Image Transfer mode of this PC transfer software. 

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1. Create an image of desired files from the source PC to USB

Step 1. On the source PC, run EaseUS Todo PCTrans. Go to the "Image Transfer" section and click "Start" to the next step.

Transfer files from PC to PC using a USB drive - step 1

Step 2. Choose "Create Image File" > "Create" to go on. You can set the image name and choose your USB drive to save the image.

Transfer files from PC to PC using a USB drive - step 2

Step 3. At the "Files" section, click "Edit" to choose files. Then, click "Finish" > "Create" to transfer the selected files.

Transfer files from PC to PC using a USB drive - step 3

When the creating process has completed, click "OK" to confirm. Safely eject the USB drive and connect it to the target PC. Move to recover the image of files to the new PC using USB.

2. Recover and transfer Image files to PC using USB

Step 1. Go to the main screen of PCTrans, click "Image Transfer" > "Start" > "Recover via Image File" > "Recover".

Transfer files from PC to PC using a USB drive - step 1

Step 2. Click "Browse" to find the image file in your USB drive. Then, choose "Recover" to go on.

Transfer files from PC to PC using a USB drive - step 2

Step 3. Choose "Files" > "Recover". Or click "Edit" > select files you want > click "Finish" > "Recover" to completes the data transfer.

Transfer files from PC to PC using a USB drive - step 3

How to Transfer Data Between Two PCs via Network Connection

Assuming you don't have the USB data transfer cable or a USB hard drive, how can you transfer data on PC or laptops easily? No worry. You can also resort to EaseUS Todo PCTans for help. With its PC to PC transfer feature, you can connect two Windows laptops/PCs by the network and move your files, apps & account settings from one computer to another in one-click. Go to check the article on how to transfer files from one PC to another in Windows 10

Transfer Files with OneDrive, Dropbox, or Other Cloud Storage

Cloud storage allows you to copy files between PCs without any USB drives, cables, or other hardware. The only drawback is that you have to pay for the extra storage more than free space.

Step 1. In the File Explorer window, open OneDrive or Dropbox with your user account.

Step 2. Drag the files you want to transfer from your computer into the folder.

Step 3. On the target computer, install OneDrive or Dropbox and log into the same account.

Step 4. Open the cloud storage folder in File Explorer and download the files to the new location on your PC.

What's the Best Way to Transfer Files from PC to PC

This tutorial demonstrates three methods in total to transfer data between two computers in Windows 10/8/7. We suggest that you choose the transmission solution according to your real needs.

USB data transfer: In general, USB data transfer is faster than data transfer via wireless networks. The downside is that you need to buy a professional USB cable, and this method requires some computer knowledge. If it is a little difficult for you, we recommend that you use a simple PC data transfer software to transfer files from PC to PC. 

EaseUS Todo PCTrans: This tool provides you with a user-friendly way to transfer unlimited files/programs between two PCs. It doesn't require much computer knowledge or any accessory purchase. Once owned, you can have lifetime free upgrades with the lifetime license. Besides, it's more than just PC migration software that can transfer files between local disks/drives or between two computers, it's also data and application backup software that can keep your data safe as long as you perform a regular backup. 

Cloud storage syncing: With the limited free space, you can transfer and sync a few files. If your files are larger than the free space, you have to pay for the extra space every month. It is not a one-time purchase.

Based on the above information, you have to admit that EaseUS Todo PCTans may be exactly what you need in terms of usability and cost-effectiveness. Also, it offers you the free version for a trial. So, do not hesitate, download and use it now.

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