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Using Media And Other Devices To Transfer Files



Using a diskette is one of the easiest but also the oldest ways of transfering files.  If both computers have either a 5 1/4  or  3 1/2 diskette drive, you will be able to tranfer only small files at a time.

5%20quarter%20disk.jpgNot usefull if you have a couple hundred megabytes of data to transfer ( 15 songs and 200 pictures).   You would have to compress everything and push them over, 1 diskette at a time. 


Ah... zip drive technology is like a diskette, but only bigger.  It's shell is a lot more robust that a diskette 5 1/4 or a 3 1/2 and more reliable.

Unfotunately, zip drives are not widely used.  They ussually tend to come in sizes of 100 MB or 250 MB and even up to 750 MB!  This was greately appreciated by

consumers but they were too much to carry.  You also required the drive for them.  

CDs.jpgOne can simply use  CD or DVD/BlueRay media to back up your files.  These media can hold anywhere from 650 MB to 8 Gigs or more.  The tricky thing is to make sure they are re-writable.  Otherwise, you will be simply wasting media just   to transfer files.

External USB drives primary usage is for transfering data from one hard drive to another or a means of extra storage.  You can potentially acquire one that can hold 2 terabytes of data.  However, some of them usually have to be plugged with power as well as with a USB and they are really huge.  Some of these devices are as large as a mini tower computer!   


External portable USB drives the way to go now a days, especially if you would like to back up data.  They are small and some brands are quite reliable.  Some of these guys can get up to 2 terabytes in size! 

If you would like to have something a bit more portable, but still capable of carrying large sums of data, USB sticks are the true way to go for carrying data. These guys have grown from 8 megs to 128 GIGs!  It really puts a shame to the once loved 3 1/2 diskettes! :-)

These SD Card reader devices are good if you have a phone that carries one of these cards.  If you cannot use your mobile device, you can simply insert the card into a reader like this, and tranfer the files.  They do not tend to hold as much data as you would hope for though ( 1 Gig to 32 Gig).

Easy Transfer Cable are far the easiest things to use. All you would require is the easy transfer software.  For example, 
if you have the destination computer (files you are transfering files to) running Windows Vista or Windows 7, you can transfer your files from the source computer running Windows Vista, for example. 

This means that if you were to try using such a cable between two Windows XP or Windows 2000 computers, this would also  work.  However, you need to download the easy transfer software (32-bit version for windows 2000, XP , Vista and Windows 7)  or the 64-bit version (for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7).  Then you will be able to tranfer files between the two systems with this cable.  You have to however be running a legit version of Windows in order for you to acquire the software and you can get this software legally, from Microsoft Windows only.

Why not use your 
IPod, IPad, IPhone or Android.  These guys typically have storage capacities of 8 gigs to 64 gigs.  Use them as a tool for transfering data and not just as a phone.  After all, are they not another mini computer or a pre-warp Tricorder (star trek)! :-)

Using a physical disk connected internally is another way of going about this task.  However, you either have to be some IT computer geek, or you have to have a nerdy guy who wants to be your boyfriend  who just knows this kind of stuff!  It is actually quite simple to do, but using a usb stick or an external USB drive is a much mor easier way to go, providing you have some available USB ports to plug them into.

Using The Network And The Internet To Transfer Files

You can always choose to use a chat software to send images from one computer to another, but you would first have to setup two ficticious  chat users and then have them send and receive the files via the internet.  As this will take quite long to accomplish, this is also quite unsecure.  there are too many ways for other people to simply intercept your files and take a look at your private data.  Also, you will be sending and receiving a lot of megabytes, brining you closer and possibly over your monthly limit for internet usage.  

Many people opt for the use of email! Although this too is effective sometimes, it is also insecure.  Especially if you forget to delete the copy you sent to your ISP's server.  

If you are somewhat tech savy, you could use a CrossOver Cable. All you would have to ensure is that these two computers are on the same subnet, ip range and in the same domain.  Sharing the folder and ensuring the firewall is down would also help, not to mention the user connecting to the computer should have permissions to at least read the file. 

The same thing goes for sharing over the network. the only difference here is that no CrossOver Cable is required.  You will be simply using straight cables to do the job which would be connected to the same hub or router as the other computer / laptop.    

FTP (File transfer protocol) is ussually done via the internet.  Howver, if you were to do so locally (without the use of your isp), you would need to ensure that the FTP protocol is installed on both computers holding the data and receiving the data, server and client respectively.