How to copy information from one computer to another
How to copy information from one computer to another.
SolutionThere are several ways a user can go about copying data from one computer to another computer. Below is a listing of some of these methods of how a user can get information from one computer to another computer.
Note: Before attempting to copy information from one computer to another computer it is important to realize you cannot copy a program that has been installed to another computer and have it successfully work. Therefore, you should only copy the data files for that program and install the program on the new computer. For example, a user who has Microsoft Word cannot copy that program to the other computer, they should only copy Microsoft Word documents to the other computer and then install Microsoft Word on the computer the files were copied to.
After you have located the files you wish to copy, you should decide the best method of transferring those files to another computer. Below are a listing of all the different methods a user can use to setup their computer to share files. Make sure you review each of the below solutions to make sure you are using the solution that best meets your needs.
If you only have a few files you wish to copy, copying the files to a floppy diskette and transferring them to another computer is definitely the easiest solution. However, if you need to copy large amounts of data from one computer to another, you should try an alternate solution.
With the increased popularity of CD burners and recordable drives, if the computer that you wish to copy the files from has a CD recordable drive, you can copy the files you wish to move from the computer to a CD-R disc. This is another easy solution for users who already have this drive installed in the computer and CD-Rs can hold much more data than a floppy diskette.
Users who have a network setup or plan on setting up a network should definitely consider transferring and sharing their files on the local area network. A network is the fastest means of transferring files between your computers, and once setup will enable to you to continue to share files.
With the increased popularity of USB ports and devices, users can also transfer files from one computer to another computer using either of the below USB options.
Users who have external USB drives such as external USB hard drives can copy information to the USB hard drive and then connect that drive to another computer to transfer data. This solution enables the user to make quick backups of the data as well as have the ability to transfer information from one computer to another.
Users who have USB on both computers can network the computers using USB to USB. This solution is sometimes easier to setup than a standard Ethernet network and still enables the user to transfer large amounts of data between computers.
USB to USB connectors can be purchased at most major computer retail stores.
Direct serial connect
An older and slower solution of connecting computers to each other to share information is by using the computer's serial ports.