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Chapter 19. Windows Unplugged: Remote an... > Other Ways of Copying Files

Other Ways of Copying Files

The Offline Folders system does a great job of transferring files to and from a computer that comes on and off of a network. However, there are other times that you may want to copy files from one computer to another, and other ways to accomplish it:

  • Use an external high-capacity drive such as a FireWire- or USB-connected hard drive, or a Zip disk.

  • Install network adapters in the two computers and connect them with a crossover cable, as described in Chapter 17, “Building Your Own Network.” The cable will cost about $7.50, and if you need to buy network adapters, this might set you back another $5 to $50 per computer. You'll eventually want the network hardware anyway, though, and with this mini-LAN you can copy mega-files in minutes.

  • If both computers have FireWire (IEEE-1394) ports and are running Windows XP, you can get a so-called “6-6” cable to directly connect the computers, and use the IEEE-1394 ports to set up a LAN. (The price of the cable might bring tears to your eyes, though.)

  • You can use the Direct Connection networking feature to connect two computers through their parallel, serial or Infrared ports. Parallel or serial connections require special “Direct Connection” parallel or serial data crossover cables—these cables are needed to hook input wires to output wires on each computer and vice versa.

  • If you want to synchronize files between a computer running Windows XP or 2000 and one running an older version of Windows, you can use the Briefcase feature, which I discuss later in the chapter.



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