How to transfer large files between 2 computers?

By macx ยท 4 replies
May 17, 2008
  1. XP Pro on both.

    I have a number of large home video files I'd like to copy from my
    desktop to my laptop.

    I have always understood there's a way just to cable the 2 machines
    together to do this, but have never been able to figure out how.

    I'm on a wireless router at home - would it work better to get the laptop
    on this router also and do it that way? I would still need some specific
    directions on how to proceed once I get that done.

    Appreciate any info!
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,158   +986

    yes you can directly cable one to the other (using a cross-over ethernet cable).

    the question will be; Is this a one time event, or is it likely that you would share
    data between system AND/OR like to share internet access to the same ISP?

    Direct cabling needs ISC feature enabled on one system which will for that system's
    NIC card to have an address of The other system will need an address
    like 192.168.0.x where 1 > X < 255 and a subnet mask of

    The above will preempt Internet access unless the same system has a second NIC
    connected to a router (you can also WiFi to a router) but that connection would
    need to be or anything NOT 0.1 :)
  3. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 718

    Just infrequently.

    On the rest of it, you kind of lost me.

    I understand basically what you're saying,
    but have NO idea how to make it happen.

  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,158   +986

    you need to purchase a CROSS-over ethernet cable -- about 6ft to reduce the cost.

    (A) both systems need a NIC card;
    right-clk My Computer ->Manage
    then click Device Mgr
    scroll to Network Adapters
    you'll find it Named and there should be no Yellow/Red mark on it​
    (B) On one system, you need to setup Internet Connection Sharing

    On the other system,
    use Control Panel->Network Setup Wizard to activate the NIC​

    On that same system, View Network Connections, right click on Lan Connection -> Properties
    Scroll down to Tcp/Ip and click Properties button on the right.
    Click Use the following IP
    Ip address
    Ignore the DNS, as you will not be using it! Click OK and then OK once more

    The systems are now ready so connect the cross-over cable from one to the other
    and wait 30 seconds.

    Now both system should be able to perform this test
    ping ==> giving you timing info
    ping ==> more timing info
    If either fails, then it's not configured correctly.

    Enable Simple File Sharing on BOTH systems.

    on the system with the existing photos, find the folder containing the photos
    then follow this procedure (P)

    On the system attempting to access the photos
    dbl-click My Computer
    use Tools->Map Network Drive
    choose a letter for the remote drive (eg G:)
    and Folder enter \\\ShareName {the name created using (P) above}
    If prompted for a password, use the login password of the account that created the share.
  5. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 718

    OK - I just took the easy way out and bought one of those small
    160g USB 2.0 external drives. Would be hard for even me to
    screw that up! ;-)

    Thanks for trying anyway!
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