For most people, the easiest way to transfer a small size of data from one computer to another is to use a USB flash drive. For example, transfer some pictures with 50 MB or 70MB size. That's a good way to transfer data or files, seriously. But when it comes to large files, especially those computer files or server files that take up so much disk space, you must find some assistive ways. Thus, we provide you with six ways to transfer large files from PC to PC easily.

Quick Navigation: How to Transfer Large Files from PC to PC (6 Ways)

EaseUS teaches you how to transfer large files from PC to PC with or without a network. The easiest way to do this is by using external storage devices. But you can also use EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free if you don't want to sign up with an account.

🔎Ways 👍Pros 👎Cons
🥇EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free
  • Automatic transfer
  • One-click transfer files from PC-to-PC
  • No extra hardware(USB cable or external hard drive) is needed
  • User-friendly to beginners
  • Unlimited file transfer
  • Need to download a third-party tool
  1. 🏅Use an External Hard Drive
  2. 🏅Use USB Cable
  3. 🏅Use Google Drive
  4. 🏅Use Online Website
  5. 🏅Email


  • USB cable and external hard drive can transfer files without internet
  • Google Drive/Online Website/Email can transfer files at any time
  • Costy
  • Limited storage space
  • The time-consuming
  • Complicated transfer procedure

Tip 1. Transfer Large File from PC to PC with EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free

Speaking of the best way of very large files transferring, it's time to let you know the PC to PC transfer software from EaseUS. It allows you to transfer multiple large files from PC to PC with one click. It can automatically transfer files from your PC to another, making it efficient and safe, so you don't need to copy/paste/export any files during the transfer process. Its clear interface is also friendly to beginners.

Download this Free file transfer software (compatible with Windows 11/10/8/7/XP/Vista):

  Free Download

Support Windows 11/10/8/7

Take the steps below and migrate large files from PC to PC with ease.

Step 1. Open EaseUS Todo PCTrans on both of your computers. Choose "PC to PC" to go to the next step.

Transfer files from PC to PC - step 1

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.

Transfer files from PC to PC - step 2

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.

Transfer files from PC to PC - step 1

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.

Transfer files from PC to PC - step 5

Advantages of this large files transferring tool

  • Saving time and energy copying and pasting files into new PC.
  • Share more wanted files to new PC: programs, software, applications, or even games.
  • No data loss trouble and no false operation would occur.
  • Support to transfer files without the network. (If you need to transfer some confidential files, you might need this feature.)

If you want to transfer programs and apps into a new drive in one PC, please refer to transfer installed programs, apps to a new hard drive.

  Free Download

Support Windows 11/10/8/7

Tip 2. Use an External Hard Drive to Transfer Files

Most people would take this method. This method does not require a network connection. Besides, as long as your USB transfer speed is fast enough, you can quickly complete the file transfer. However, the disadvantage is that your disk capacity is limited. You may need to purchase large-capacity external devices in advance, which is also a big expense.

Follow the steps to transfer files from PC to PC with an external hard drive.

Step 1. Connect your external hard drive to the source PC or laptop.

Step 2. Copy wanted files to the external hard drive.

Step 3. Eject the drive and connect it to another PC/laptop. 

Step 4. Copy the files to the other PC or laptop.

transfer large files from PC to PC with external hard drive

Tip 3. Run a PC-to-PC USB Cable to Transfer Files

You can also use a computer-to-computer transfer cable to move files. But this method only available for Windows 7/XP/Vista users. If you are a Windows 10/8.1/8 user, you can skip this method.

The Easy Transfer Cable was officially designed for the Microsoft Windows Easy Transfer utility, which is featured in Windows 7. All you need to do is connect the cable to USB ports on your old Windows XP or Vista computer to your new Windows 7 machine, and run the utility.

use pc-to-pc transfer cable to transfer big files from PC to PC

Tip 4. Transfer Files Between Computers via Cloud Storage Space

In the second part, we will show you how to transfer big files between computers via OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox.

How to Transfer Big Files through OneDrive

OneDrive provides 5GB for free. If your total file transfer is larger than 5GB, please pay for the advanced edition. The time it takes to migrate depends on the large file size.

Step 1. Log in OneDrive from the Microsoft OneDrive site.

Step 2. Upload large files.

After logging in to the main interface, click Upload to choose the large files or folders.

transfer big files onedrive 1

Step 3. Share large files to another PC.

1. Right-click the large file, and choose Share.

2. Input your email address on the Send Link window and click Send.

transfer big files onedrive 2

How to transfer large files between computers via Dropbox

You can transfer large files up to 2GB for free. Larger than 2GB, we recommend choosing the third-party software or paying for more storage space.

Step 1. Sign in to Dropbox.

Step 2. Click Upload to upload big files, and choose Share.

Step 3. Input email address or choose Create link to another computer. Then you can download files on the new computer.

transfer big files dropbox

How to Send Large Files between computers by Google Drive 

GoogleDrive has 15GB of storage space. If your files are running out of space, please paying to get more or trying other software, such as EaseUS Todo PCTrans.

Step 1. Head to Google Drive.

Step 2. Click New and choose File upload or Folder upload.

folder upload

Step 3. Click "Get Sharable Link" to share the large files.

Tip 5. Transfer Big Files from PC to PC via Online Website

Some online websites also support transferring large files from PC to PC, such as WeTransfer. WeTransfer allows you to send up to 2GB files for free.

Step 1. Add your files or folder.

Step 2. Input email address and click Transfer

wetransfer interface

Tip 6. Transfer Files from PC to PC by Email

For Internet email account Outlook or Gmail, the combined file size limit is 20MB and for Exchange accounts (business email), the default combined file size limit is 10MB. Thus, this method works well for files transfer with a small size.

Step 1. Set the receiver of the email as your email address.

Step 2. Attach files to the email.

Step 3. Log in to your email on the other PC and download the files.

transfer files from PC to PC by email


These methods all have file size limits in the free version. So which one is better in terms of choice? You can check the table below to get additional information.

Comparison Price Transfer/Space Limits
EaseUS Todo PCTrans $59.95/year Unlimited file transfer
OneDrive $69.99/year 1TB storage space
Dropbox (Pro) $19.99/month (if billed annually) 3TB storage space
GoogleDrive $99.99/year 1TB storage space
WeTransfer(Pro) $120/year 20GB/month file transfer
PC-to-PC USB Cable $39.95 Windows7/XP/Vista only
External Hard Drive $119 4TB storage space

So, after referring to the price, the best choice to transfer large files is EaseUS Todo PCTrans. But it is also affected by the network environment (The PC to PC mode works on computers both on the same network). If you need to transfer big files under different networks, you can choose Cloud or an online website.

  Free Download

Support Windows 11/10/8/7

Transfer Large Files from PC to PC FAQ

We've given six ways to transfer files from one PC to another PC. Do you have other questions about this topic? If you do, continue to read this part and learn more details.

1. What is the fastest way to transfer large files from one PC to another PC?

The most popular ways of moving large files from a PC to a PC are as follows:

  • Choose a USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 External SSD or Faster SSD.
  • Share Files via a Local Area Network.
  • Save Files on a Cloud Drive.
  • Migrate files between PCs using third-party software like EaseUS Todo PCTrans.

2. How do I transfer large files from PC to PC wirelessly?

You can turn to reliable transfer software, EaseUS Todo PCTrans. Follow the steps below:

Step 1. Install EaseUS Todo PCTrans on both of your computers and choose 'PC to PC.'

Step 2. Choose the right transfer direction.

Step 3. Connect two PCs via the network by entering the password or verification code of the target PC. Click 'Connect' to continue.

Step 4. Then, choose 'Files' to select files to transfer. Select the specific files 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 and wait patiently.

3. How do I transfer everything from my old PC to my new PC?

You just simply copy your files onto an external drive, eject the storage device, plug the USB or external hard drive into the new computer, and then reverse the process to transfer the files onto it.

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