Two computers with USB ports can be connected to each other using a special USB cable called a USB cable to connect (link, connect) two computers. You can also connect two Macs via USB ports, but you need a USB to Ethernet adapter and Ethernet cable. By connecting computers to each other, files can be quickly transferred from one computer to another.
Method 1 of 2: Two Windows computers
Step 1. Get a dedicated USB to USB cable
It is important to use the correct USB to USB cable as there are several types of such cables. Two computers must be connected to each other using a special USB-USB cable, in the middle of which there is a controller (microcircuit) and USB plugs at both ends.
Step 2. Install the software on both computers
Do this before connecting the cable to both computers. The cable most likely comes with a software CD or DVD. Insert the disc and install the program. To do this, press ⊞ Win + E to open an Explorer window, click on the CD / DVD in the left pane of the screen, and then double-click on setup.exe or installer.exe.
- If the cable does not come with software, open the cable manufacturer's website and go to the Software or Drivers section. Download and install the software on both computers.
- If you can select a mode in the program, select "link", "bridge" or "transfer".
Step 3. Connect the USB cable to the USB ports on both computers
Do not pull on the cable - it is better to place the computers closer together.
Step 4. Run the installed program on both computers
You can find it like this: open the "Start" menu, select "All Programs" or "All Applications", and then click on the installed program. Now you can transfer files while sitting at only one computer.
Step 5. View files stored on one computer from another computer
Please note that the installed software looks like a file manager with two windows (one window for each computer). The Local window displays the files on the computer you are sitting at, and the Remote window displays files on the other computer.
Step 6. Copy the files
To copy files from a remote computer to a local one (that is, the one you are sitting at), drag the necessary files from the "Remote" window to the appropriate folder in the "Local" window. Likewise, files from the local computer can be dragged and dropped to the remote computer.
Method 2 of 2: Two computers running Mac OS X
Step 1. Collect the required accessories
Mac computers cannot be directly connected using a USB cable - to do this, you must connect a USB port on one computer to an Ethernet port on another computer.
- USB to Ethernet adapter: This is a universal adapter, which means it fits all computers. This adapter has a USB plug on one side and an RJ-45 connector for an Ethernet cable on the other.
- 10 / 100BASE-T Ethernet cable: This is a standard Ethernet cable with RJ-45 plugs on both ends. This cable is sold in all electronics stores.
- Look online for easier ways to transfer files between two Macs.
Step 2. Connect the adapter to the USB port on the first computer
If only one computer has an Ethernet port, connect the adapter to the other computer. Otherwise, connect the adapter to any computer.
Step 3. Connect one end of the Ethernet cable to the RJ-45 connector on the second computer
This connector is located on the side or back of the computer.
Step 4. Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to the adapter
Step 5. Open the sharing settings on both computers
On each computer, open the Apple menu and click System Preferences> Sharing. When the sharing settings appear on the screen, the name of the computer you are sitting at will be displayed.
Step 6. Open Finder on one computer to connect to another
It doesn't matter which computer you are using. On one of your computers, open Finder, select Go, and then click Connect to Server. Click Browse to display a list of available computers. In this list, find the name of the second computer, double-click it, and then enter the password (if prompted).
Step 7. Copy files from one computer to another
A list of files stored on one computer will be displayed on the screen of the other computer. Drag the files you want from computer to computer in the Finder window.
- If both computers have Ethernet ports and you don't want to buy additional hardware, read this article to learn how to connect two computers using an Ethernet cable.
- To learn about other ways to transfer files between computers, read this article.