USB Bridge Cable and software

I need to bridge my Windows 7 - 64bit desktop to my XP Professional Laptop via USB Cable for daily syncronizing between these 2 computers.

The ethernet transfer rate is too slow for my large files, thus the reason for USB.  

What companies provide the software and cable?  

I have Belkin's Easy Transfer Cable for Windows 7, but it does not provide support for networking.  

Thank you!
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I do what you are trying to do with a small router. File synchronization is very, very fast. I recommend you get a small router to do the same. They are not at all expensivel, will speed up your transfers, and will save you a great deal of trouble. ... Thinkpads_User
ThomasJueAuthor Commented:
to Thinkpads_User
Are there small routers that use usb cables for faster transfer rates?  Photography is one of my hobbies.  I have over 50gb of files I back up at times to an external drive.  Thus the reason for having the USB speed over ethernet.

tom J
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
With regard to your first question, I do not know for sure. I was thinking of ethernet cables between your computers.

Now, to the other comment, 50Gb of files is a lot of data. I can move a 10Gb virtual machine over a vary fast router and ethernet connection as fast as it can go. It still takes 15 minutes or so for that, so 50Gb is going to take a while.

However now, back to your first post, I think Laplink (www.laplink.com) PC Mover will do that for you and they say they support USB connections.   ... Thinkpads_User

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johnb6767Commented:
"I have over 50gb of files I back up at times to an external drive. "

You shouldnt be backing up all 50gb each time, it should only backup whats changed....

If you were doing this by hand, in Windows Explorer, try RoboCopy Gui..... Or MS Synctoy......

Utility Spotlight: Robocopy GUI
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2006.11.utilityspotlight.aspx

SyncToy 2.1
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=c26efa36-98e0-4ee9-a7c5-98d0592d8c52&displaylang=en

johnb6767Commented:
This way you will only synch whats been changed.... Not all 50gb each time, which will dramatically reduice your transfer times whichever way you do it.....
ThomasJueAuthor Commented:
johnb6767,

I need software that will recognize the Belkin Window Easy Transfer USB Cable. Not sure SyncToy or Robocopy GUI will do that.

thinkpad_user
I did download Laplink PCSyn. It did recoginize the Belkin Window Easy Transfer USB Cable, but the transfer speed appears much slower than an ethernet connection.  The purpose of going over the Belkin Easy Transfer USB Cable was to gain more speed.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
USB is probably not going to be as fast as an ethernet connection for very large files (however I know it supposed to be competitive with 100Mbit ethernet). I still recommend a small wired router for your two computers, and so long as you have fast wired NIC's in these computers, files will move quickly (at least as quickly as they can go). The software suggested by johnb will work over ethernet and so also will SyncBack Pro (2brightsparks.com) (fastest I have seen).

With respect to backing up to the external drive via USB: I agree with johnb that you should reduce your file transfer to incremental files. SyncBack Pro will do that also and there is other software that will as well.
... Thinkpads_User
johnb6767Commented:
"I need software that will recognize the Belkin Window Easy Transfer USB Cable. Not sure SyncToy or Robocopy GUI will do that. "

No, they wont. I was trying to stress to use the tools to do incremental backups, and copy the changed portions only (might drop your backups by 90%), from which a wired Ethernet connection to your router would be more than sufficient......
ThomasJueAuthor Commented:
johnb6767,

If I had to resort to "Plan B:" what type of an ethernet router would I look for?  If you can list some specific router model numbers and manufacturers, that would point me in the right direction.  Thank you.

Tom
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Belkin Ethernet routers are very good in my experience and inexpensive. I am not keen on Dlink, but some would disagree with me and tind them OK. The Belkin   4-Port Router Part # F5D5231-4 would do fine and it is wired.  There are also wireless routers on their site (belkin.com) ... Thinkpads_User
ThomasJueAuthor Commented:
thinkpads_user and jon6767,

Oppss.  Forgive me, but I was incorect in my earlier message regarding routers.  I forgot that I already have an Ethernet router.  It is a D-Link Xtreme N Gigabit Router.  I wasn't thinking straight :-(

With this router,  I do access a common Buffalo network server.  Both my desktop (windows 7) and laptop (xp) can access the buffalo drives, but not the local drives.  That is, the Windows 7 desktop cant't access the xp laptop folders and files nor visa versa.  Also, the transfer rate was very slow.  

That was my original question.  I wanted to speed up the transfer rate byusing a USB Windows Easy Transfer cable.  However,  I just downloaded the Laplink PC Sync and tried it.  It does support the Windows Easy Trasfer cable, but I  found the transfer speed to be slower than over the ethernet.  I am concluding that if there are any other software out there that supports Windows Easy Transfer USB cables, they won't be much faster than Laplink.  Thanks for your suggestions.

Tom
ThomasJueAuthor Commented:
Laplink does support Windows Easy Transfer cable with Windows 7.  That was the solution.  I wish the transfer speed was faster, but I am not sure there is any software out there that will do it any faster over Windows Easy Transfer USB cables.  
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you, and thanks for the additional information and update.  ... Thinkpads_User
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