Need to copy 325 GB over ethernet from Win 7 to Win 10 - fastest way?

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    ClippyBeer said:
    I will be purchasing another USB HDD but I won't be using to shuttle data, only for backups/imaging. Copying 325 GB to the external USB then copying back to the new PC takes twice as long as transferring over GigE.

    I clocked my transfer speed at about 95 MB/s which comes out to roughly 330 GB/hr so I will be sticking with my crossover cable versus another method. I will mark this thread as solved. Ethernet crossover cable is the new Laplink.
    The last time I worked with LapLink a client had purchased did include a cross-over cable and a CD, the 'new style' flat cable instead of the round cable.
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    Berton said:
    The last time I worked with LapLink a client had purchased did include a cross-over cable and a CD, the 'new style' flat cable instead of the round cable.
    The last time I worked with LapLink was with MS-DOS. I still have my yellow parallel and blue serial transfer cables somewhere.

    hdmi said:
    You'd have to experiment with the number of threads. But IIRC the old (and discontinued in 2010) RichCopy 4 by Ken Tamaru is still a good bit faster than Robocopy if the goal is to copy files over a LAN, and, Robocopy has always been overrated IMO.
    RichCopy is actually a GUI wrapper for Robocopy.
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       #13

    ClippyBeer said:
    I will be purchasing another USB HDD but I won't be using to shuttle data, only for backups/imaging. Copying 325 GB to the external USB then copying back to the new PC takes twice as long as transferring over GigE.

    I clocked my transfer speed at about 95 MB/s which comes out to roughly 330 GB/hr so I will be sticking with my crossover cable versus another method. I will mark this thread as solved. Ethernet crossover cable is the new Laplink.
    Actually, you do not need crossover cables these days (for at least a decade). I have been using it like this for years.

    The adapters are clever enough to handle it with a normal cable. The crucial point is to have Cat 6 or higher ethernet cables.
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       #14

    Berton said:
    The last time I worked with LapLink a client had purchased did include a cross-over cable and a CD, the 'new style' flat cable instead of the round cable.
    That laplink cable was usb to usb which needs a crossover.

    With ethernet cables (no crossover needed), it is just a case of setting ip addresses for adapter to be on same ip subnet.
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       #15

    cereberus said:
    That laplink cable was usb to usb which needs a crossover.

    With ethernet cables (no crossover needed), it is just a case of setting ip addresses for adapter to be on same ip subnet.
    What LapLink offers, the client's version had the Ethernet cable:
    PCmover Connection Options
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    ClippyBeer said:
    RichCopy is actually a GUI wrapper for Robocopy.
    Sorry, I had no idea that it is. TBH, I never actually used it myself.
    ClippyBeer said:
    I will be purchasing another USB HDD but I won't be using to shuttle data, only for backups/imaging. Copying 325 GB to the external USB then copying back to the new PC takes twice as long as transferring over GigE.

    I clocked my transfer speed at about 95 MB/s which comes out to roughly 330 GB/hr so I will be sticking with my crossover cable versus another method. I will mark this thread as solved. Ethernet crossover cable is the new Laplink.
    Only 95 MB/s? A typical, modern, 3.5 inch 7200rpm SATA III HDD in an externally powered USB3 (with UASP) enclosure or HDD docking station or hooked up via a SATA III to USB3 (also with UASP) adapter cable is nearly twice as fast if you use FastCopy to do the copying, and, a bus powered USB3 enclosure that is compatible with M.2 2280 SATA SSDs will actually even give you 500 MB/s sustained sequential write speed or thereabout. As a matter of fact I still have the old S11-512G-PHISON-DVS-B27 that came out of my laptop so it is now lying around gathering dust somewhere that can achieve exactly that. Just to bring my point across, I also have two identical 256GB USB3 flash drives that are now more than five years old, their sustained sequential write speed is more than 250 MB/s so, because I can write to both of these two flash drives at once (through a USB3 hub), I can get yet another 500 MB/s in addition to the 500 MB/s of the old SSD (i.e., if using the laptop's 2nd USB3 port to connect to the latter). MB/s = Megabytes per second, whereas Gigabit Ethernet = only 1 Gb/s = 1 Ggigabit per second (only theoretical transfer speed, not the measured sustained sequential write speed of the storage device used). That plus the fact that Robocopy can't hold a candle against FastCopy. No matter how many people still keep on recommending Robocopy, it just simply can not. If Robocopy encounters an error, it produces a logfile that is essentially useless, as it doesn't let you figure out which files have failed so, on the subject of what's fastest, Robocopy is the fastest way to keep on wasting your time, kind of similar to how Edge is the most used browser (to download Chrome).
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