Fastest transfer rate (USB vs Ethernet)

I have a new PC (Windows 8), and I need to transfer about 1TB of data from my older PC (Windows 7).  What's my best transfer option?  They have 100MB wired ethernet, or I could use an external drive (which would run at USB2 on my old system, USB3 on my new system)

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Wired Ethernet is the fastest method. :-)
käµfm³d 👽Commented:
Why not slave the hard-drive from the old system to the new?
If you have a crossover cable you can connect them directly to each other and get 1 gigabit speeds.

Or you could place the hard drive inside of the new computer and get full SATA speeds, if you don't mind removing the hard drive.

Otherwise Transferring over a 100Mbs network will be faster.  Not only will you be transferring the data faster but it will be direct from one location to the next.

As opposed to using the hard drive as a 'middle man'.

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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
get 1 gigabit speeds. Assumes the old machine has a gigabit nic.. USB2 drives max out near 30 MB/Sec read.  100 Base T = 12 MB/Sec
shanepresleyAuthor Commented:
Thank you all great advice.  I hadn't thought about just moving the SATA hard drive over.
Great. You found a new, better, way. :-)
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