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forte21xx

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I got a laptop but it doesn't have a cd or floppy drive, and I also have a desktop computer. What's the best way to transfer files between these two computers?
 
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Need more info: how much data are you transfering? do you have highspeed internet access?
 

forte21xx

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mostly small files. I hook up to the university network so it's semi-high speed. I don't want to use the internet to transfer files though
 
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Does your laptop has a USB port on that back of it? If it does, you can buy a cheap Portable USB Drive that don't cost a lot.

A Fuji 32Mb cost $39.99, at Bestbuy.com
 

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Of course, you could consider a USB connected hard disk, and then you'd not only have the means to transfer files, but also an off-line backup solution. :) You can have a 30gig 2.5" drive and the enclosure for about $100-120, a very handy backup medium that you can put in your pocket and take with you.
 
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This isn’t the “best” way but it is cheap: http://www.vision.net.au/~timotsc/null/nullmodem.htm You can get a null modem cable online for $5 plus shipping. Use parallel (DB 25) as it is faster than serial. All of the software you need for that is already in the computer.

Networking is a better choice by far if both computers have ethernet capability. You would need only the ethernet cable. If you don’t already have NIC in both computers the null modem cable works fine albeit slower.
 
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