How to transfer files from a laptop to desktop quicker?

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As a sole proprietor, I have both a newer desktop and laptop, both Compaq P4 w/512mb and running WinXP Home. I use the laptop for work on location and then need to transfer anywhere from just a few files (my emails received on the road plus a few documents written) to many folders (usually containing many Gigs of image files - I'm a photographer).

I have been doing CD creation on the laptop and transferring files that way via Windows Explorer so I can update just what is needed to the desktop OR I have been writing the new files to an external hard drive that I then swap to the desktop. Microsoft help is no help at all on this process and not sure Briefcase is the right tool as it may be too automated and update more than I wish.

What are the other options to transfer files and folders from laptop to desktop? Is there a cable for direct connection that would be fast enough to warrant using (remembering that the latest XP DCC was VERY slow when I moved up from my Win98 box in Jan 02-- it took 24 hours to transfer just a few gigs - no where near as fast as prior upgrade DCC experience going from 95 to 98)? Is there some freeware that would be helpful? I really want a lot of control and am comfortable at the file and folder level in the Explorer tree structure directory. Is a home office network the only or the best option? (not a lot of reasons for one other than this....) If a network is the answer, which wireless for someone without Cable or DSL and on dialup only?

Thanks for any help or referral for more information somewhere -- sure it must be written but unable to find it so far!!!

Kathleen Wattle

www.captivespirit.com

Answer

This question was answered on July 24, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Another way from transferring files would be to ghost them from the laptop to the desktop, this is a faster way it only takes a few minutes It is done by the ghosting program and a cable to transfer the files.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on July 24, 2003