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

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



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: http://www.amazon.com/Diamond-USB-File-Transfer-Device/dp/B002VFFA5M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1283692643&sr=8-1), but they involve electronics in between the connections.

A basic RJ45 crossover cable should be <$5 at your local Radio Shack or similar store.

You might find it easier to just use a USB stick, how much data?
Also, what do you think is wrong with the machine?