1.    05 Mar 2016 #1
    Join Date : Jan 2016
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    Connecting 2 PC's without Network

    I have a desktop PC running Win7 64Bit Ent. It's not actually in use, so nothing is connected. I also have a laptop running Win10 64Bit which I'm using to type this post. I have some audio files on my desktop that I'd like to pull off of there, and put them on my laptop, and then maybe on a cloud. My 1st question: Is it possible to simply use a USB cable between 2 USB 3 ports if I simply power up the desktop with the USB cable connected? Does the USB protocol provide for me to see those HDD's on the desktop via the laptop? I'm quite limited for physical space, and I don't need the desktop to be running permanently, I just need to get these files off of it. If that's NOT a solution, what is the next easiest method?

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  2.    05 Mar 2016 #2
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    Easiest option is a flash drive.
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  3.    05 Mar 2016 #3
    Join Date : Jan 2016
    Posts : 45
    Windows 10 Pro / Windows Server 2012 (VM)

    Cereberus: is Correct USB would be the easiest solution -- The only problem with USB is Speed. . . Speed of connection - 2.0, 3.0 And the Speed of the USB drive itself - Cheep USB drive Upload at about 4-5Mbps -- If you have a fast USB Drive it might Upload at about 25-30Mbps *** All of the USB Drives seem to Download at about 30-35Mbps === Second Option is a USB Cable which has same limitations a USB Drive 2.0, 3.0 === Third Option is to use a Cross-Over Network Cable (RJ45) usually Orange but not always.
    Both of your machine are 64bit --- both machines should be compatible to each other. -- So any of these three solutions will work. . .

    *** Just a Quick Additive -- If you have an external USB Controller (USB Controller Unit that you hook Up a Hard Drive Too.) You can Remove the hard drive from the Desktop and plug it into the controller, then into your Laptop and it will show up as a storage device --- then transfer your files as needed. OFFLINE --- A LITLLE MORE WORK
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  4.    05 Mar 2016 #4
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro

    To go USB to USB you need a special data transfer cable, just a standard USB won't work:
    Amazon.com: Maxell Data Transfer Cable (191035): Electronics
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  5.    05 Mar 2016 #5
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint

    Or if both computers have Ethernet/RJ45 ports could use a CAT-5, CAT-5e or CAT-6 Cross-over patch cable.
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  6.    05 Mar 2016 #6
    Join Date : Oct 2014
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    WIndows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    Or if both computers have Ethernet/RJ45 ports could use a CAT-5, CAT-5e or CAT-6 Cross-over patch cable.
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  7.    05 Mar 2016 #7
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    Mac OS Sierra

    Routers are so cheap these days, you can pick one up for $20.
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