Best Way to Transfer Data from One Laptop to Another

Moving files from one laptop to another can be a tedious task. Usually, we transfer data via WIFI or a flash drive. But aside from these methods, other ways are less taxing and more convenient. To know which of these methods is the right fit, there are some factors that you need to consider. These include the size and number of files, the kind of laptops involved as well as your technical knowledge about the task.

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In this article, we will discuss the best way to transfer data from one laptop to another. We will teach you the convenient way of transferring files among notebooks. So without further ado, let’s start.

Ways to Transfer Data Among Laptops

1. Via SMB transfer

SMB or Server Message Block is a system that allows the transfer of files between computers and laptops via the internet. To use this method, you need to make sure that both laptops are connected to the same network. Among the other techniques in this list, this allows the fastest data transfer from one laptop to another, regardless of how large the files are.

Moreover, you need to make sure that the network you are connected to is secure and not a public network. To fortify security for the connection, you can add a password for those who want to login.

In this method, the laptop that houses the files to be transferred is considered as the server laptop, while the other laptop serves as the client laptop.

The first step you need to do is to set up the server laptop. You need first to set up a workgroup name. The workgroup will serve as a hub or conference room that houses the two laptops that are connected. It is worth noting that you can name the workgroup however you want.

Too set up a workgroup on Windows, you need to navigate through the domain and workgroup settings. With this at hand, take note of the name of the workgroup that is set up by the server laptop.

After this, you need to set up the client laptop. You need to go to the network settings and set up the workgroup on the client laptop. The name of the setup workgroup in the client laptop should coincide with the one that is on the server laptop.

When you are done setting up the workgroup on both the server and client laptop, you can now commence the transfer of files and other data. To transfer data from the server laptop to the client-server, you need to look for the workgroup name of both laptops. Connect through the network window. At this point, you can now freely transfer data from one laptop to the other.

2. Using an FTP

Another way of transferring data between two laptops is by using an FTP. FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. This feature is another method of transferring files between two laptops via the internet. To do this, you need first to set up the server laptop. The server laptop is the one that has all the files and data that are to be transferred. FTP is an efficient way of transferring data between two laptops, mainly if the need arises continuously.

To do this on Mac, you need to navigate to System Preferences and then Sharing. After this, you need to go to Services and tap on FTP access. After this, click Start and then wait for any of the changes to take form.

On the Windows platform, you need to go to Control Panel and then Programs. This will then prompt you to the Programs and Features window. When the window of the Windows features pops up, you need to tap and enable the Internet Information Services. After this, let the FTP server and then save the changes.

On the client laptop, you might need to install an FTP client. The FTP client can come from third party service providers such as applications like FileZilla and WebDrive. After installing the FTP client from the client laptop, you can now access the files from the server laptop. But before doing this, you need to log in to the FTP server.

To do this on Mac, you need first to open the Finder feature and then search for connecting to a server. After doing this, a window will appear, which gives you the ability to connect to the FTP client. You will then be required to input the IP address of the server laptop. After placing the IP address, click on a link.

For Windows users, you first need to open an Internet Browser program. On the URL or address box, type in the server laptop’s IP address. This will prompt you to log in to the FTP client to gain access to the files from the server laptop.

If you are unsure about the IP address of the server laptop, you can check it through IP address searchers using any internet browser. On Mac, you can also make use of the “Find the IP address” feature.

3. Using a Storage Device

Perhaps one of the simplest yet most common methods of transferring data from one laptop to another is by using a storage device. The storage device can be an external drive or a flash drive. However, this method is noticeably the slowest in terms of transfer speeds. Whenever transferring larger files, the transfer rate can even be more deliberate and lengthy.

When transferring files via a storage device, it should be compatible with both laptops. If the flash drive is not fit with one of the laptops, you might need to do some formatting before attempting the transfer.

If the storage device is already compatible with both laptops, you can then proceed to the next steps. You must plug in the storage device into the server laptop. The server laptop houses all the files and data that you want to be transferred. Check if the storage device has enough storage to accommodate all the files you want to transfer. If you have that in check already, move the files or copy them to the storage device. The duration of the process will depend on the type of data being transferred, the number and size of the files as well. You can also do this by simply dragging the files to the storage device window.

Once the moving of files is done, eject the storage device. Plug the storage device into the client laptop, and once detected, you can now copy and move the data from the storage device to the computer.