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I recently built a new desktop computer to replace my laptop as my primary machine. But over the years I have accumulated over 200GB of important files on my laptop.

I need to get these files from my laptop to my desktop, but transferring them over LAN is very slow and would take over 20 hours to transfer all the files according to windows.

My new desktop has two LAN ports on the motherboard, and I am wondering if it is possible to directly connect the laptop to the desktop to transfer files and achieve a much faster transfer speed. Is this possible? if so how would I go about doing this?
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You could use a crossover cable. But the transfer speed will not be any different.
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You could use a crossover cable. But the transfer speed will not be any different.
Well I am only getting a maximum of 5mb/s over my home network... There would have to be some sort of improvement doing it directly..?
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You could try using a switch.
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if you use crossover, you will get the connection speed of the slowest port. it could be 100 or 1000Mbps. they go for a few bucks online or 40 at radio shack. i know, i bought one there .

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You could try using a switch.
this would work great as well.
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if you use crossover, you will get the connection speed of the slowest port. it could be 100 or 1000Mbps. they go for a few bucks online or 40 at radio shack. i know, i bought one there .

this would work great as well.
Alrite I will try out using crossover cable, I have a couple hundred feet of it in my garage that I am not using rite now so

My slowest port would be my laptop which is 100... So that would be a good improvement over what I was getting before.
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Alrite I will try out using crossover cable, I have a couple hundred feet of it in my garage that I am not using rite now so

My slowest port would be my laptop which is 100... So that would be a good improvement over what I was getting before.
There's no noticeable difference between crossover and connected through a router. Unless your laptop is connected via wireless, there's nothing more you can do to boost speeds.
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Could be limited by your laptops hard drive also...
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Or you could purchase an external hard drive, or if you already have an internal hard drive, buy a kit to adapt it to a USB external HD.

(Or use a crap-load of DVDs or buy a really big thumb-drive and keep going back and forth...back and forth...back and forth between your PCs. lol)
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There's no noticeable difference between crossover and connected through a router. Unless your laptop is connected via wireless, there's nothing more you can do to boost speeds.
Man really? I have a very crappy router, Wireless my laptop can only transfer at about 1mb/s wired it does 5mb/s..


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Could be limited by your laptops hard drive also...
That could be true, I am going to run HDTach on it to see what it can do.. (results on the bottom)


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Or you could purchase an external hard drive, or if you already have an internal hard drive, buy a kit to adapt it to a USB external HD.

(Or use a crap-load of DVDs or buy a really big thumb-drive and keep going back and forth...back and forth...back and forth between your PCs. lol)
Well I really didn't want to spend any money transfering files, I almost bough an external hard drive awhile ago but it was difficult for me to justify the expense.

lol I have a lot of DVD's but the writer on my laptop is pretty slow =/
I have a 8Gb CF card but no reader


Here is my HD Tach Result on my laptop:
Random Access: 14.9ms
CPU Utilization: 7%
Average Read: 54MB/s
Burst Speed: 191.6MB/s
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