Transferring jpeg files between computers

  J5 13:03 20 Aug 2003

I want to transfer a large number of digital photos stored on my laptop (Toshiba, Pentium III, Windows ME) to my PC (Dell, Pentium IV, Windows XP). The laptop has a DVD drive but no CD writing facility. Could this be easily done by using a Direct Cable Connection between the computers or would it be better (albeit more expensive) to buy an external CD-R drive for the laptop and transfer the photos by CD? If the former, what sort of cable would I need? I would welcome advice.

DCC is slow but effective and very cheap, you will only need an 8bit nullmodem parallel cable or a null modem serial cable (which will be even slower) the cable is only about a fiver.

basic networking facilties could be installed in your machines (one pci NIC, onepcmcia NIC and a crossover cable) for 30 quid or less if your laptop alredy has an ethernet port built in.

i would advise that as it would enable you to back up your laptop to to pc quickly on a regular basis.

i take it you already have a cd burner on the PC so buying another for the Laptop would be a little superfluous.

  Megatyte 13:20 20 Aug 2003

Or you could buy a USB Flash drive. Not expensive and very handy for transferring files between any computers with USB.


  medicine hat 13:29 20 Aug 2003

Could you email them?

  HighTower 13:29 20 Aug 2003

Try USB transfer of files.

click here

  rubella 13:31 20 Aug 2003

trip of Maplins or similar for one of these:

click here

  J5 13:33 20 Aug 2003

Thank you horiz5 and Megabyte for your helpful responses.


  anchor 13:34 20 Aug 2003

I use a PC-Linq cable.

click here

You install the software on both machines, and connect the cable to their USB ports. Very easy and quick.

Maplin`s used to stock them at a cost of £29.99; (don`t know if they still do). Perhaps someone will know where else they can be obtained.

  anchor 13:38 20 Aug 2003

Found a cheaper source - £20.55 + £1.69 p/p

click here

(second one down)

  Megatyte 13:43 20 Aug 2003

Try this.

click here


  J5 16:38 20 Aug 2003

Many thanks to all who responded. I was obviously in even more need of advice than I thought. My laptop does not have an ethernet port, but Toshiba tell me that an alternative would be to buy a 'Global port ethernet PC card' (£49 plus VAT). In the immediate future, my use of a networking facility would be too limited to warrant this solution, but I suspect this will change so I welcome the idea. For my present purposes, the best solution seems to be the PC-link cable, though to judge from correspondence on one of the sites to which you directed me that there may be a problem using it with XP. I am also taken with the idea of a flash card, for general purposes. I think I will get one of those too. Thanks to Medicine Hat for the suggestion of emails - I fear I have too many to make this feasible.

Again, thanks to all of you for responding.


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