How To Transfer Files From Desktop to Laptop

@capirani (1841)
United States
November 26, 2008 1:57pm CST
How do I go about transferring music files and other files from an older model desktop PC that does not have a CD burner to a laptop? Is there software or equipment needed and if so, what would I need to have? Both computers are using Windows XP.
9 responses
• India
26 Nov 08
hmm simple go get an external hardrive they are cheap n have tons of storage too!
@capirani (1841)
• United States
27 Nov 08
So, okay, you have the extra hard drive...how do you proceed from there?
@capirani (1841)
• United States
27 Nov 08
Money is a big issue as well. No matter how cheap, it costs more to buy anything extra than what is already available.
• India
27 Nov 08
u just copy the files unto the harddisk .. n then u copy them into ur laptop.. but they are cheap and REALLY effective for backup
@amitavroy (4823)
• India
26 Nov 08
My friend I don't know the condition of your laptop and computer but if you have a lan wire than you can do the easiest thing possible that is to bring the two computers on the network. If you do this than you can easily transfer all the data which is different from one computer to the other without too much problem. Is it may take a bit of time but then you have two strap huge amount of great and so for that you can rely on the networking but for some reason if you don't have the LAN connection possible that I would suggest you to use any flies tried instead of any of the things will stop but then let me get one thing straight if you have any file which exceeds the amount of storage space in your fly straight then you have to do a lot to think to get the data transferred from you to talk to your laptop wears if you have a network connection between the two computers then you can easily let the two computers copy and you can relax in the meantime.
@capirani (1841)
• United States
27 Nov 08
No network available.
@capirani (1841)
• United States
30 Nov 08
No lan wire available either.
@zalilame (880)
• Malaysia
27 Nov 08
Does your laptop have bluetooth? If it does, just buy a bluetooth adapter and plug it in your pc and transfer your files via bluetooth. Its easy and fast. The other options is just buy a pen drive or flash drive. Zip your files to make it smaller and transfer it using the pen drive or flash drive. I like to store my files in portable hard drives. Its easy and convinient since it has large storage capacity from 80 GB to 500 GB.
@capirani (1841)
• United States
27 Nov 08
The source computer has nothing like bluetooth. It doesn't even have a CD burner. If it had that much this would not be a problem.
@mirage108 (3403)
• United States
26 Nov 08
Is your desktop PC connected to the internet via highspeed dsl or Cable? If it is you have a network just make the directory that the files you want to transfer a shared directory, then just copy them over the network.
@capirani (1841)
• United States
27 Nov 08
Only one of the computers is connected to the internet via DSL. How do you proceed? Just saying this is what is done doesn't answer the question. How do you do it?
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
26 Nov 08
I see your question has already been answered by several people. The easiset and simplest way like everyone said is to get a flash drive. They are very handy and do not take up a lot of room and can hold a lot of data. My husband has several of them, one has all of his music on it and the other has important data that he wouldn't want to lose is the computer crashed.
@capirani (1841)
• United States
27 Nov 08
Flash drive is not a feasible option. Neither is any other option where I would have to buy something. There is the option of extra hard drives available, but how do you transfer from one to another?
@savak03 (6691)
• United States
26 Nov 08
That is a really good question. I'm sorry that I don't have an answer. Basically, I'm posting to this discussion so that when someone with the knowledge lets you know I can read the answer too. I don't know any other way to flag a discussion that you want to follow other than posting to it. I actually need to transfer files from my laptop to my desktop. Only my laptop is running Vista and my desktop is running XP. I actually have been giving the problem a lot of thought. So far the only thing I've come up with is attaching the files to emails and sending them to myself. I don't think that will work as well as I would like though.
@modstar (9608)
• Philippines
26 Nov 08
That will work of course but it'll take time so if you got the patience, why not? right? At least your files will come in handy anywhere where there's an internet connection.
• India
26 Nov 08
Hi friend, I don't know whether it is right or wrong.I have a small idea.That is take a pen drive and copy all the files into it and install the stuff from pen drive into your laptop.This might help you to some extent.If i am wrong or if you have any better idea just share to me too Have a nice day
@capirani (1841)
• United States
27 Nov 08
You talking about a flash drive? That is one possibility, but don't have access to a flash drive at this time. Thanks for your response.
@cyberios (44)
• Algeria
27 Nov 08
I think you need a direct link cable (RS 232, com1 to com1...etc). Indeed, you can use it with some old programs (such Norton Commander NCC it work in MS-DOS mode),you must run the program in both machines, then you can transfer files between them,there is one drawback the transfer rate is very low... then you need: 1- direct link cable in com1 or Lpt1 2- Norton Commander (or a similar program) Good luck !!
@modstar (9608)
• Philippines
26 Nov 08
I recommend you buy a USB Flash Disk. It's a handy gadget where you plug it in a socket (..most computers have usb socket so don't worry) of your computer. Transfer your music files from your computer to your USB Flash Disk. Remove your Flash Disk then plug it on your laptop this time. Transfer the music files from your Flash Disk to your laptop. That easy. No softwares needed, just this simple little tool.