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I usually have problems doing networks between two computers I have. My intention is to pass files from one to the other. I was wondering if there is any simple and easy program to install that give me the option to conect the two computer through an usb wire and to access from one computer to other like one of the two computers would be an simple usb mass storage. Thank you so much.

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Cool idea. I would think it'd be easier to connect them via a ethernet cable and setup file sharing on the file you want to share (assuming you're using two OSs that support CIFS shares). That's easy in windows and OS X.

I'll explain more if that'd be helpful, but I won't go into more detail yet since it doesn't directly answer your Q.

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Well, if my idea is coold, can you vote me please, can´t you? –  Peterstone Jan 25 '11 at 18:56
    
I actually couldn't until recently. Now my rep is up, so consider it done :) –  mjb Jan 28 '11 at 16:32
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As Blackbeagle noted in his comment, you could use a special USB cable:

The Easy Transfer Cable is a USB 2.0 device which is used to connect two computers together. The connectors are both USB-A male connectors to connect to each PC, but the cable also has a small box in the middle which contains the needed electronics and chipset to allow the two connected computers to communicate with each other, and keeps the two computers connected electronically continuous (a direct USB-A to USB-A cable between each computer should not be used due to a short circuit risk).

However. If you were able to post this question to superuser, chances are you would be better served just using Ethernet.

Note that, with Ethernet, if both Windows PCs use DHCP, plugging them together should "just work", and all you have to do to reference files on the other PC is open a folder on it like: \\other-pc\c$\path-to-my-files. You shouldn't even need to set up a shared drive, since you probably will have all user credentials handy anyway.

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Have you looked at other solutions that are designed for Syncing files between computers? for example DropBox is a great tool for keeping a folder of docs synced over the internet between computers.

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Yes, dropbox is fantastic, but not perfect because the free version has a limit of storage –  Peterstone Jan 29 '11 at 7:39
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That's not possible in software due to the way USB works. What exactly are the problems you're having with networking?

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Take a look to this other question (it´s related with this one) serverfault.com/questions/226798/… –  Peterstone Jan 25 '11 at 19:04
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-1 Lookup USB Transfer cable in Google. Plug the special USB cable into both computers, you might have to run software, usually not, and the two computers should be visible to each other in Explorer. Drag and drop files between the two computers. –  Blackbeagle Jan 25 '11 at 20:10
    
Why the downvote? I realize of course that there's a thing like USB transfer cables, but those come at some ~30 bucks mostly, and it's easier to follow one or two easy networking tricks to get the job done for free. –  Tobias Plutat Jan 25 '11 at 21:07
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if you know it is possible(with a usb transfer cable) then you shouldn't suggest or say that it isn't. hardware does cost. i suppose a usb transfer cable is a bit lame though what with ethernet.. it's like sticking a sign up saying "I can't set it up with ethernet and windows file sharing!" –  barlop Jan 26 '11 at 8:11
    
I agree, I might have mentioned that it is possible, but still: I don't think an answer only has to answer the question that has been asked, but also to point to better ways of doing what the OP wants to do. And ethernet is both cheaper and faster than USB transfers and it isn't exactly rocket science, is it? –  Tobias Plutat Jan 26 '11 at 8:22
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