USB Transfer cables?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by MikeB, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. MikeB

    MikeB Guest

    Saw in Best Buy today a Windows Vista Easy-Transfer Cable and

    Has anyone used this? What exactly does it transfer?

    I have two concerns

    1. It may not move the user files to the correct, new places in Vista

    2. It may transfer (or attempt to transfer) a lot of the junk in the
    settings and data folders for products that I may not install. Then I
    end up with a lot of junk.

    I'd love to hear from people who have experience with this, thanks.
    MikeB, Jan 5, 2009
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    Clevo Guest

    Clevo, Jan 5, 2009
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    Alan Edwards Guest

    I have a Belkin Easy Transfer Cable used in the last couple of days
    (you don't mention the brand).
    In theory, it transfers what you want.
    In practice, I found one had to be very, very careful. Read 4 times,
    transfer once.

    Alan Edwards, Jan 5, 2009
  4. The cable uses Windows EasyTransfer to transfer the files, so it works as
    well (or as poorly, if that's your assessment) as EasyTransfer works in any
    other case.
    Richard G. Harper [MVP], Jan 5, 2009
  5. MikeB

    MikeB Guest

    Where is the best place to read up oin Windows Easy Transfer? Thanks.
    MikeB, Jan 5, 2009
  6. MikeB

    MikeB Guest

    Alan, thanks for your answer. Perhaps by accident, you also responded
    to my email and I answered you directly. Feel free to ignore that, you
    guys who help out here must get a ton of email.
    MikeB, Jan 5, 2009
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    oscar Guest

    Windows Help and Support via Start menu.
    oscar, Jan 5, 2009
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    Ian D Guest

    It's basically a USB2 crossover cable for transferring data between
    PCs. If the PCs have LAN connections, you can do the same thing
    with a LAN Cat5e crossover patch cord. The difference is that, if you
    don't have gigabit LAN cards in both PCs, the USB2 transfer rate
    would be greater than with a 100mbit LAN connection.
    Ian D, Jan 5, 2009
  9. MikeB

    MikeB Guest

    Hmm - My old laptop has only USB 1.0. That would imply the transfer
    will be *really* slow?
    MikeB, Jan 5, 2009
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    Earle Horton Guest

    A) USB 1.0 won't be so bad.
    2) Windows Easy Transfer transfers a lot of junk, so unless you are
    completely clueless don't use it. It was transferring stuff out of the
    c:\i386 directory on my XP Thinkpad into my Vista Dell.



    Hmm - My old laptop has only USB 1.0. That would imply the transfer
    will be *really* slow?
    Earle Horton, Jan 5, 2009
  11. MikeB

    Alan Edwards Guest

    Help in Vista or Help in the Windows Easy Transfer application you
    installed in the old XP computer.
    This should lead you to these:

    Transferring files and settings: frequently asked questions
    Troubleshoot file transfer problems

    Alan Edwards, Jan 5, 2009
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    DanS Guest

    USB1 = 12 Mbps
    USB2 = 480 Mbps

    Quite the difference..........a factor of 40.

    (Of course, that's theoretical speed, but still a HUGE difference.)
    DanS, Jan 5, 2009
  13. Start, Help and Support, "Windows Easy Transfer" in the search box. The
    first result is what you want. Alternatively a quick browse at shows this:

    Richard G. Harper [MVP Desktop]
    * NEW! Catch my blog ...
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    * The Website -

    Where is the best place to read up oin Windows Easy Transfer? Thanks.
    Richard G. Harper [MVP], Jan 6, 2009
  14. Windows Easy Transfer moves the files to where you tell it to.
    Then tell Easy Transfer not to transfer those files.
    I haven't used the Easy Transfer Cable (I move things via network
    drives), but the application itself is quite customizable and easy to
    use, and will transfer only what you tell it to move.


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    Bruce Chambers, Jan 6, 2009
  15. MikeB


    Jan 6, 2009
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    Belkin Data Transfer cable between XP and Vista PCs

    I bought a DFell PC last week, came loaded with Vista and Restore Drive D (in addition to C). I tried to transfer the date from my old PC to Dell, but it does not gove me an option to choose the location. The dfault location is Drive D (Restore drive) with limited space. I had to give up my effort.

    Can anyone help as to how to store the data in a different location or even to C?

    Rangy, Jan 6, 2009
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