1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 19
    Windows 10
       3 Weeks Ago #1

    How do I transfer files between two laptops, one with no screen?


    I have two laptops and one has no working screen and I need to connect them together so I can download a lot of files to my new laptop. I do have a cross-over ethernet cable and am running windows 10 on both laptops.
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  2. Joined : May 2016
    Posts : 523
    Windows 10
       3 Weeks Ago #2

    1) Try connect the 2 with LAN and see if you can do the job.
    2) Attaching an external Monitor , could be a nice idea.
    3) Other possibility is removing the HDD and put it in an external enclosure.
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  3. Joined : Aug 2014
    Forever West
    Posts : 2,368
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       3 Weeks Ago #3

    Depending upon your area and availability, you could get an Ethernet Cross-over cable and connect the 2 computers. Personally, I frequently use one of the adapters available for installing the drive and plug into a USB port. I also keep on hand a couple of the External USB cases for installing a drive, works just like a WDC Passport drive but with drives I have to work with, different cases for the PATA and SATA type drives.
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  4. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,355
    Windows 10 Pro
       3 Weeks Ago #4

    If the files were not previously shared on the old laptop, then you are going to have to connect a monitor to it in order to set up the sharing. In addition in order to connect the two laptops together with just an ethernet cable between them and no router you will have to manually setup the IP addresses.

    So, unless you already had all the required networking setup on the old laptop:

    So your best bets at success are:
    1. Attach an external monitor to the old laptop and hope it picks it up automatically when you boot it so you can setup peer to peer networking.

    2. Remove the hard drive from the old laptop, connect it to the new computer with a USB adapter/enclosure.
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  5. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 19
    Windows 10
       3 Weeks Ago #5

    Thanks for all the help! I ended up connecting the screen-less laptop to my TV using a HDMI cable and a cross-over cable between the two laptops. No problem getting the files off my old laptop.
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  6. Joined : Aug 2014
    Forever West
    Posts : 2,368
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       3 Weeks Ago #6

    Glad you got it.
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