Transferring data from Laptop to Desktop

Hi,

I have a Compaq Presario Laptop (Win 98) and an NEC Desktop (Win 95).  What are the different options for synchronizing files between the two. Both have USB support.

Thanks.

priyo
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fracheCommented:

Transfer data :

-Laplink software : usb/usb or serial/serial or parallel / parallel

-Network cards - Mount a workgroups network with Win9X or NT.

-Zip or Superdisk drive on parallel or USB port.

Synchronizing files:

-Use briefcase or document case (?) ( Win9x package).


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trekie1Commented:
one way is  to connect both comps byway of a laplink cable (this cable is designed for linking a loptop to a desktop )using the parallel port/printer port
you can use the direct cable option on win98 and win95 or several diff programs ,fxcopy is one I like ,pcanywhere is ok  
hope this helps      James
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trekie1Commented:
sorry frache
your comment wasn't showing when i posted
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priyoAuthor Commented:
What's the difference between the Laplink Cable and the Direct Cable options. In either case, what do I need to buy in terms of hardware/software?

Thanks.

Priyo
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trekie1Commented:
lap link cable is what is required to use direct cable ,
the laplink is the cable
direct cable is the program on win98/95
just buy the laplink cable ,the program is already on the comp '...go to control panal click on add/remove programs select winsetup and click on accessories and check direct cable , then go to start menu /programs /communications click on direct cable
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priyoAuthor Commented:
I went to Ebay and found a lot of Laplink stuff being sold. I found Laplink 2000 being sold for $41 (as opposed to $169 retail). If I decide to buy the cables separately, what kind of cable am I looking for? I'm most interested in the speed of transfers.

thanks.
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trekie1Commented:
if these comps have usb support they may allready have a network card installed ( check your hardware configeration and manuals that came with comps ) if they do or at least the laptop does ,then network between the two would be the easyest to operate and best to use  
lots of newer comps come with network card now days

but laplink cable is the cheapest route
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trekie1Commented:
just go to comp store and ask for a laplink cable ,shouldn't cost over 15 to 20$$
unless you know what you want dont buy any comp stuff off ebay ,,,you will get ripped.....James
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priyoAuthor Commented:
What kind of a laplink cable should I ask for?  Is it true that USB is faster than Parallel or Serial. Also, will this enable transfers of files both ways? Does Windows' "Direct Cable Connection" come into play at all?

thanks.
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trekie1Commented:
Does Windows' "Direct Cable Connection" come into play at all? this is the program I'm talking about..

What kind of a laplink cable should I ask for?  parallel is the only one I have ever used so I dont know whitch is better or faster
and yes you can transfer files bothways
sugestion...if you are going to be doing this a lot you should consider networking the two comp ...more costly but much much better

networking two reg comps is fairly cheap(kit cost approx 100$$  ,but not sure how much a network card cost for laptop

if frache is not going to help out here you need to reject his proposed answer so it will unlock this question and other experts will comment(I'm not too experienced with laptops)
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priyoAuthor Commented:
thanks
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compmaniaCommented:
The problem with the laplink is you can only transfer one way each time you connect (host and guest) the guest will be able to read from the host but not the other way around. You can just change the setup on the computers (change host to guest etc...) to read from the other. A laplink will also run games very well.

If you want to transfer between both computers all the time then get a network card for both and a CROSSED cable and you wont need a HUB.
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priyoAuthor Commented:
Thanks. My desktop has a 3Com 10 base T installed. As for the laptop, I'm not sure if it has a network card installed. How do I find out if a network card came preinstalled? I don't have any manuals for the laptop. Also, will any network card do or do I need the same make?

thanks
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trekie1Commented:
P>S this card just plugs in instead of modem ( I think )    ,like I said I'm not to experienced on lap tops but I can still find info on them  ,Ha
you should be able to find anything you need to know on that last page concerning networking
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compmaniaCommented:
You should be able to find if it has one by looking for an RJ-45 jack.
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funkyfishCommented:
USB isn't really an option for becasue of the Win 95 machine.  Even if it is Win 95 w/ USB support, the specs are not for storage devices like a zip drive so USB would not be reliable for Win95 machine.

Just an FYI.

~~FUNKYFISH
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priyoAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the info guys. I guess I'll just go ahead and get a parallel cable for data transfer. I will need to transfer data from my desktop (Win 95) to my laptop (Win 98).  I hope that will work. Does anybody know what kind of a speed I can expect since I might have to transfer about 500 Megs.

thanks
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trekie1Commented:
transfering 500mg by direct cable will take approx 15-20 min.( at least it use to take that long when I used this method of transfer....Like I say if your gona do this a lot ,do yourself a favor and network them ,

James
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3rsrichardCommented:
You might want to look at this site, which gives instructions for what you want to do.
http://www.microsoft.com/insider/windows98/articles/netdir.htm
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compmaniaCommented:
If you think about it 15-20min is very fast for using a $10-15 cable. If you want to send the data several times a week then you want a network otherwise it is a great way to go.
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jefftcarterCommented:
  there are several ways to accoplish this, one is to use two modems  and
through AT commands, put one into answoer mode with:
 
ATA
 
then coax the other one into picking up the phone and responding :
 
ATH1



 some old telecommunications program such as procomm or telix, select the protocall of your choice, put the target machine in receive mode, the transmitting machine in send mode, and you should be able to download and upload all the files you need to.
 
[I have used this technique a few times in the past myself.
 

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Another Idea is to get a copy of PC anywhere and like the two computers back to back via a null modem cable to each other. I have seen this method for accessing computers succeed.
 
I am also to understand that this software can also use [PC anywhere] a parrellel port connect as well.
 
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compmaniaCommented:
Null-modem cables are SLOW, stay away from them.
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priyoAuthor Commented:
thanks to all you guys.

priyo
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