Transferring files from one computer to another used to be a time consuming and user intensive operation as floppy disks were filled with data that could then be copied to the second system. Nowadays with wireless networks dominating the home environment, the task is far simpler and quicker. However not everybody has a network or maybe the transfer operation involves copying to a new computer before it is integrated into a network. In either case you could use a USB to USB transfer facility such as that provided by a product from Sandberg.
The USB to USB Transfer Link kit consists of a 240cm lead with USB connectors at each end and a centrally positioned oval-shaped bulge. This lead can be used for connecting two computers running either Windows XP or Windows Vista. You also get a software CD which will be required for non-Vista systems.
You will need to drill down through various folders on the CD in order to select the appropriate file for installing on a Windows XP computer. The slim User Guide does provide the necessary instructions to carry out this task. As this product has been designed to work with the Windows Easy Transfer utility that comes with Windows Vista, no additional drivers or software will be required with this operating system.
Once the necessary software (for Windows XP) has been installed and the transfer lead connected to the two computers, you can then run the Windows Easy Transfer software. This utility allows you to copy user accounts; folders and files including music, pictures and videos; program settings; Internet settings and favourites; plus email settings, contacts and messages. You can cherry pick from available folders and data using the familiar Windows browse feature. Copying is generally carried out to the same drive letter as used on the original system. However if you are copying from a drive letter not present on the destination system then you will be given a choice of any drives that are available.
Copying speed will depend upon the read and write speeds of the two computers and size of data to be copied. However it should not be too time-intensive. Once the copying process has been started you will be unable to use either system until the task has been completed so a little forward planning might be advisable.
The USB to USB Transfer Link product is easy to use and carried out its designated task with the minimum of fuss or user interaction. The official price from Sandberg is £22.99, although if you follow their shopping cart you are directed to a UK supplier resulting in an actual UK price, including shipping at £7.50, of £30.47. It is however available from Amazon at a more reasonable price of £21.77, including shipping.
The product works with Windows XP and Windows Vista; and it should prove a useful tool for those who regularly transfer files between two standalone computers in close proximity.
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