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Learn Two Ways of File Transfer from PC to PC USB

Updated on Dec 18, 2018 by Jean to PC Transfer

Summary:
You can connect two computers, PCs and laptops using a USB cable for fast data transfer. This page introduces two popular ways to manage this file transfer from PC to PC using USB with the least effort.

Do You Prefer Using a USB Cable or USB Drive for PC Transfer

Depending on whether using data transfer software or not, generally, you got two ways to connect two computers for data, files, system and programs transfer.

One is to bring yourself a USB cable to connect the computers physically, and the other is to rely on some professional Windows easy transfer software without requiring a cable at all. For example, EaseUS Todo PCTrans, which supports bilateral or even multilateral sides of data transfer over the network or an external USB hard drive.

Next, we're going to detail the process of PC to PC file transfer with the help of either a USB cable or a USB flash drive.

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

This 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. Now, let's learn the basic steps.

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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 "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 in both the 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.

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

Nowadays, it seems that many people don't have a USB cable at hand. Instead, most of them own a USB flash drive which doesn't work on two computers at the same time. To save the time and energy in fast file transfer from PC to PC at this moment, download EaseUS Todo PCTrans to get the job done with ease.

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For Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP

Before you start: Install EaseUS Todo PCTrans on both PCs. Insert your USB flash drive to the source computer.

 

Step 1: Create imgage of desired files from the source PC to USB

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

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

2. Choose "Create Image File" > "Create" to go on.

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3. Set the image name and click the "Browse" button to choose your USB drive to save the image. Then, choose "Confirm" to continue.

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4. At the "Files" section, click "Edit" to choose files and click "Finish" to confirm. Then click "Create" to transfer the selected files.

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When the transfer process has completed, click "OK" to confirm. Safely eject the USB drive and connect it to the target PC. Move to Step 2 and transfer the image of files to the new PC using USB.

Step 2:  Transfer files from PC to PC using USB

1. Open Todo PCTrans and click "Image Transfer" > "Start" > "Recover via Image File" > "Recover".

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

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3. Choose "Files" > "Recover".

Or click "Edit" > select files you want to transfer > click the edit icon to set the location to recover image > "Submit" > "Recover".

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4. When the transfer is complete, click "OK" to exit.

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