How to Transfer Files From One Computer to Another Computer Using a USB Cable

Written by anthony smith | 13/05/2017
How to Transfer Files From One Computer to Another Computer Using a USB Cable
Transfer files and gain access to another hard drive by using a USB cable. (computer image by Ewe Degiampietro from

Computer users need the ability to transfer files quickly and easily between computers. Floppy disks were one of the first ways to do this, and then CDs and USB flash drives evolved to take their place. If you need to transfer files between two computers that are near one another, you can use a reliable and fast method involving a USB cable.

Load the drivers and software for the USB cable on both computers before you attempt to connect the cable. Load the drivers according to the directions on the CD that came with the cable, and only if necessary. The documentation that comes with the cable will specify whether you need the drivers or not based on your operating systems.

Plug one end of the USB cable into an open USB port on each of the two computers.

On the first computer, locate the file you wish to transfer. Re-size the current window so that you can open and use another window on your monitor.

Open "My Computer" and double-click on the icon for the second computer. Navigate to the location on its hard drive where you would like to transfer the file.

Left-click and hold the file to be transferred, and drag it to the appropriate folder on the second computer to complete the job.

Things you need

  • Bridged USB cable (also known as networking USB cable)

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