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By myeiter ·
I have a laptop I use in work and a desktop at home. Both machines are running Windows 98. My work computer is ethernet ready, but my home computer only has a 56k modem. I have nearly 2 gigs of stuff I want to move from my work laptop to my home desktop.

What is the easiest and/or least expensive way to do it? I know I can go buy an external Zip or Jaz drive but is there a better way to do it?

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by tbar In reply to Moving Files from Laptop ...

You did not state what operating systems you have on your laptop and home system. Assuming you are running a version of windows on both, the best option is a "mini network". The prices today for a NIC card are very reasonable. For $60.00-$70.00 you can buy a good NIC card and patch cable to setup a connection between your laptop and your home system. By adjusting a few setting in your network portion of your operating system, you can download your data in no time.

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by rgrowcock In reply to Moving Files from Laptop ...

The cheapest way would be to buy a Null modem (under $20 at BestBuy or CompUSA if they are local to you)and connect to the serial ports on both machines. You will have to setup a direct serial connection between both machines, but when you connect the machines to the serial cable, Win98 should see it and install what is needed. After that, you should be able to see the other machine.
Also Windows comes with the Briefcase Icon which is made for sharing files between a laptop and a desktop. Ihaven't used the program, but from what I have read, you select which files you want to update or share and it will transfer the files for you. Hope this helps! Roger

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by mphoffar In reply to Moving Files from Laptop ...

You're probobly going to get a lot of different answers to this, but in my eyes, the easiest is to buy a nic for the PC and a hub and conncet them that way. You should be able to pick up both for around 80-100 dollars.

You can probobly do it with a direct cable, but the configuration can be a hassle if you've nevr done that before. Connecting them via a peer to peer lan, you can just use NetBEUI on each machine to talk to each other and copy files

Mark

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by mattbody In reply to Moving Files from Laptop ...

As I have faced this problem myself, I have tried most of the methods suggested. Serial link is cheap and in conjunction with a bit of software like FW2 (a bit like a drag and drop ftp program) it is easy but tediously slow. Linking via modem is also slow. The best option by far is to get a cheap network card and run straight from machine to machine. This does require setting one up as a server and if using twisted pair, a crossed cable would be required. This is how I tackled the problem.

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by Cr@zy@ssM@g!c!@n In reply to Moving Files from Laptop ...

to tell you the truth and not to try to beat you around the bush, the solution is quite simple. Your issue is means of archiving data from workstations you have. The smartest most cost efficent method is to purchase a cd burner that is either usb or parralell. I do almost exactly what you do and came to the conclusion that zip is too small, Jazz is efficent but has a couple of setbacks. those setbacks are simple but enough to make you spend more money. A burner CD like i mentioned above will help you archive 700 megs of data per cd which can be stored without the hesitation of the media you used. Think about it man. No matter what any salesman says, a cd burner has the cheapest media and its pretty large for such cheap media. A zip is good though, dont get me wrong but you sound like a power user and a zip is not what your looking for. A jazz can support your data and obtain it, the only setback is that the media of the 1,2,3 gig jazz is very expensive.

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