can i transfer data from one laptop to another laptop using a usb lead?

i have a laptop that keeps crashing can i transfer data from that laptop to another laptop using a usb lead

orksecurity7 years ago
I seem to remember that this is possible with a USB "crossover cable" and the right software. But if both machines have an Ethernet port -- and most do these days -- back-to-back Ethernet is probably faster and easier. Or connect 'em both into either a wired or wireless network and transfer the data that way.
+1 to orksecurity's reply. One note though, if you go the route of using the ethernet (RJ45) port, you'll need a crossover cable unless both computers are newer and have auto-sensing ports.

I don't believe there is such a thing as a USB crossover cable. I've seen devices designed to do exactly what you are asking (such as this:, but they involve electronics in between the connections.

A basic RJ45 crossover cable should be <$5 at your local Radio Shack or similar store.
lemonie7 years ago
You might find it easier to just use a USB stick, how much data?
Also, what do you think is wrong with the machine?