Fastest Way to Transfer a File Between Two Computers
Transferring files from one computer to another doesn’t have to be a painstakingly slow process. Computer geeks have been transferring files for decades now and, as they say, necessity is the mother of invention.
There are three different methods that you can use to transfer files depending on the location of each computer. Each of these methods is the fastest way to transfer a file between two computers based on their proximity to one another.
Two computers that are far apart
This is the most challenging setup for file sharing. Two computers that are far apart will need the help of the internet to complete a file transfer. If the file is small, a simple e-mail will do the trick. If the file is large, you’ll need a little more help.
The fastest method for sharing large files is to use an online file storage service such as ZipCloud or ElephantDrive. These online storage tools will let you upload large files and then share those files with anyone else. After you upload the file, you can log in to your account to generate a download link for the recipient.
There are pros and cons to using online file storage tools to send your files to other computers. The biggest positive is that this is the easiest method. The biggest downside is that these tools cost money. However, most tools have free trials that you can use if you only need to send one file.
For informal file transfers, you can send files to your friends via a service such as Oron.com. This solution is not recommended for everyone because it burdens the recipient with advertisements and download restrictions. This works well if you’re sending a file to your brother, but not so well for sending a file to a client.
Two computers in the same room
The fastest way to transfer a file between two nearby computers is through a wired connection. PC users can use a crossover cable to connect both computers and Mac users can use a firewire cable. If you don’t have a crossover cable handy, you can use a regular Ethernet cable to connect both computers.
This is the fastest method for nearby computers because it requires little setup time and completely avoids networking. When two computers are close, there’s no need to first upload your files to an online storage service and then download them again.
Two computers in the same building
In this scenario, you have two computers that are fairly close by, but not quite close enough to connect by wires. You can also use either of these file transfer methods if you don’t have any spare wires to connect two nearby computers.
The best method in this case is to share your files over a wireless network. Connect both computers to the network and turn on file sharing by following these steps:
1. Click the start button and go to the control panel
2. Click on “Network and Internet”
3. Click on “Network and Sharing Center”
4. On the left, click on “Change advanced sharing settings”
5. Turn off password protected sharing then click “save changes”
6. Go back to the control panel and click on “Choose homegroup and sharing options”
7. Select “Pictures,” “Documents,” “Music” and “Video”
Now, all files in your “public” documents are available to anyone connected to the network. Other computer users can view your shared files by visiting the Network and Sharing Center and then double-clicking on your computer’s name.
If you don’t want to give network-wide access to your files, you can instead create an ad-hoc network directly between both computers. As long as both computers have wireless networking, this is an easy option:
1. Click on the start button and go to the control panel
2. Click on “Network and Internet”
3 Click on “Network and Sharing Center”
4. Click on “Set up a new connection or network”
5. Select “Set up a wireless ad-hoc network”
Follow the wizard to complete the setup.