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"I have an ethernet cable (not a crossover cable) to connect my laptop and my desktop Ubuntu machines. I want to transfer large amounts of data. Is it possible with such a cable? I believe that between two Windows machines, such a connection is possible." ---askubuntu.com
Have you replaced the old machine with a new one? Do you need to transfer large amounts of data? You're at the right place. You may hear Easy Transfer cable from some articles but do not exactly know what it is and how you can use such cable on file transfer. Here, we will introduce how to transfer files using an easy transfer cable between computers. Beyond that, you can also check its alternative for file transfer.
- What Is An Easy Transfer Cable
- Can I Transfer Files between Computers Without Easy Transfer Cable
- How Do I Use Easy Transfer Cable
The Easy Transfer Cable is a special cable that can help you with laptop-to-laptop data transfer. File transfer is no longer difficult if you connect such cable to migrate your data. These cables are generally known as USB cables (Like Belkin Easy Transfer cable) and Ethernet cables. The two cables are equally useful, but you'll need to buy a USB cable. An Ethernet cable? You already have it! If you don't have it yet, choose the easier option.
Even though the Easy Transfer cable can work with the transfer job, the steps are complex and require more than 3 steps to set up. If you plan to transfer a large amount of data, you need to choose the targeted file or folder one by one. A time-consuming process, right? To transfer your files faster, we recommend using a free third-party software - EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free.
Main features of EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free:
- Transfer files or folders from one computer to another. - "PC to PC" mode.
- Back up important data and restore your files to another device. - "Backup & Restore" mode.
- Move programs to another drive (Get more space on C drive) - "App Migration" mode.
- Rescue all your files, programs, and settings from a dead and unbootable PC. - "Data Rescue" mode.
- Find Windows, Adobe, and Office product keys. - "Product Key" mode.
Try the Easiest Way to Transfer Files from One Computer to Another
Download free software first and check three steps to transfer data from one computer to another:
Step 1. Open EaseUS Todo PCTrans on both of your computers. Choose "PC to PC" to go to the next step.
Step 2. Make sure you have chosen the right transfer direction.
"New" - Move data from old computer to current new computer.
"Old" - Move data from current old n computer to remote new computer.
Step 3. Connect two PCs via the network by entering the password or verification code of the target PC. Besides, make sure you have chosen the right transfer direction and click "Connect" to continue.
The verification code is on the right top of the "PC to PC" main screen on the target computer.
Step 4. Then, choose "Files" to select files to transfer. Select the specific files as you want. What's more, you can click the Edit icon to customize the storage path for transferred data.
Step 5. Now, click "Transfer" to begin to transfer files from PC to PC. The size of the file determines the transfer time. Wait patiently.
For our advice, the Ethernet cable is an easier choice than a USB cable. If you are interested in the USB cable, take a look at this article:
How to Transfer Files with an Ethernet Cable
Step 1. Connect the two PCs with an Ethernet cable under the same LAN.
Step 2. Go to the Network and Sharing Center.
Type Control Panel on the Windows search box > Run it and locate Network and Sharing Center > Click Ethernet > Select Properties > Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPV4) > Choose Properties
Step 3. Set up your IP address
Choose "Use the following IP address". Then, type your IP address and subnet mask. The value may be different; check our example:
After setting up your IP address, you can see the names of both PCs in Network Settings.
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Step 4. Turn on the Sharing option (Both PCs)
- Stay on the Control Panel:
Go to Network and Sharing Center > Select Change advanced sharing settings
- Click these options:
Turn on network discovery > Turn on file and printer sharing > Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the Public folders > Turn off password-protected sharing > Click Save Changes
Step 5. Start to transfer files with an Ethernet cable.
- Right-click the file or folder you want to transfer > Click Share with and then choose specific people.
- Next, choose people to share with. Click the drop-down button and then choose Everyone. Click Add > Share
- Then, your file is transferred to another computer.
Related articles about file transfer via Ethernet cable:
Watch the video here for a more intuitive tutorial on EaseUS Todo PCTrans and other available methods.
In this article, we've told you how to use an Easy Transfer cable to transfer files to computers. Belkin and Laplink both have a USB cable. Or you can directly use the Ethernet cable. Among the methods we mentioned above, EaseUS Todo PCTrans performs better in terms of availability. Pick one of the methods you like.
About the Author
Sherly joined EaseUS in 2022 and she has always loved writing articles and enjoys the fun they bring. She receives professional training here, focusing on product performance and other relative knowledge. She has written over 200 articles to help people overcome computing issues.
Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.
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