USB file transfer cables

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by SchoolTech, Dec 11, 2005.

  1. SchoolTech

    SchoolTech Guest

    I understand these work by creating in effect a drive letter on the
    host computer that can access data on the other computer. Is this
    correct?

    Or do they work like a network connection and you have to explicitly
    share particular folders etc?

    I just want a simple way of connecting a laptop and desktop together
    so that the desktop's DVD drive can be used to back up the lappie's
    HDD without having to pay extra for an external DVD drive and
    installing the software on every computer. For security I don't want
    to be sharing stuff on the network as it will be accessible over the
    ethernet connections.
    SchoolTech, Dec 11, 2005
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  2. SchoolTech

    David Guest

    SchoolTech wrote:
    > I understand these work by creating in effect a drive letter on the
    > host computer that can access data on the other computer. Is this
    > correct?
    >
    > Or do they work like a network connection and you have to explicitly
    > share particular folders etc?
    >
    > I just want a simple way of connecting a laptop and desktop together
    > so that the desktop's DVD drive can be used to back up the lappie's
    > HDD without having to pay extra for an external DVD drive and
    > installing the software on every computer. For security I don't want
    > to be sharing stuff on the network as it will be accessible over the
    > ethernet connections.
    >


    If its windows you are running, it is fairly easy to restrict access to
    network shares (by machine/user or just with a password) depending on
    your version of windows. I am pretty sure that neither a USB cable, or
    ethernet will allow you to use the DVD burner from the laptop, writing a
    DVD is much more complicated than writing to a harddrive and requires
    specialised burning software. You might end up having to pull the data
    from the laptop using the desktop and burning using software on the desktop.
    David, Dec 11, 2005
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  3. SchoolTech

    Ron Guest

    Yes there are transfer cables like these:

    http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=USBTOUSB-DIRECT&cat=NET
    http://www.compusb.com/usb20pcdatrc.html



    I picked one up from a shop a couple of years ago - and I wish I had taken
    note of which shop and also purchased more than one.

    The one I have appears as a drive letter on each computer, and on opening
    the 'drive' there is a file called Thunderbird.exe. You run this and a split
    window appears, explorer style, one windo for the drives on each machine.

    Absolutely brilliant with no drivers required for XP or later.



    Good luck



    ron



    "SchoolTech" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >I understand these work by creating in effect a drive letter on the
    > host computer that can access data on the other computer. Is this
    > correct?
    >
    > Or do they work like a network connection and you have to explicitly
    > share particular folders etc?
    >
    > I just want a simple way of connecting a laptop and desktop together
    > so that the desktop's DVD drive can be used to back up the lappie's
    > HDD without having to pay extra for an external DVD drive and
    > installing the software on every computer. For security I don't want
    > to be sharing stuff on the network as it will be accessible over the
    > ethernet connections.
    >
    Ron, Dec 12, 2005
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