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I want to transfer a large amount of data (around a 100GB) from my laptop to my desktop. So I wanted to get people's opinion/knowledge on what is the fastest method to transfer amongst the following options:

1) JUC Wormhole cable
2) Wormhole cable + EasyTransfer
3) Crossover Cables
4) Anything else that I am missing

The wormhole switch, crossover cables, and easytransfer software are just what I came across. I don't know if there are different brands of crossover cables that have a better transfer rate, or if easytransfer is actually useful for transferring or if it's just some bad microsoft program that does nothing or slows down the overall speed.

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100 GB is not that much. I'd just use a USB 2.0 external 250GB or 500GB hard drive. –  David Schwartz Nov 14 '12 at 5:06

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If attaching the drive internally as Hennes suggested isn't a viable option for you, the best option is using a wired gigabit ethernet connection and using Windows file sharing between the two. If one or both of your machines have gigabit ethernet, you don't need a special crossover cable, as gigabit includes auto-negotiation, any standard Cat5/5e/6 cable should do.

If you don't have gigabit ethernet, the USB transfer cable you suggested is probably the second fastest option, followed by 100 Mbit ethernet (in which case you will likely need a crossover cable, or a switch).

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+1 because the solution fits best for this user. –  Hennes Nov 14 '12 at 3:20

Fastest way and no extra hardware needed:
Pull the drive out of the laptop and connect it to the desktop internal SATA bus.

Fastest way without opening the desktop:
Pull the drive out of the laptop and connect it to the desktop using eSATA.
Using an eSATA dock (as seen below) helps if you have to do this often.

Image of an eSATA dock

These two ways are only limited by harddisk speed. Any other solution has more overhead, latency and requires more hardware.


Crossover cables: You will be limited to wire speed. If one computer has a 100mbit interface then you can get up to 12MB/sec. In practice, speeds will be much lower. Probably around 8MB/sec. If you have gigabit cables then average speed is about 4 times that of 100mbit.

Yet more alternatives are an external dock with USB 2, USB 3 or firewire or thunderbolt.

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Ah I didn't think about the first two options. But I don't really like opening up my laptop/computer too much anyway. But amongst the options I listed, which one is the fastest? Is firewire faster than all of these? –  Richard Nov 14 '12 at 3:09
    
FireWire comes in several speeds: 100,200,400 and 800 mbit/second. USB2 is about 432mbit/second. (480mbit/sec minutes 10% reserved for USB1 bandwidth. Even if that is not used). Both have overhead so actual data transferred is lower than that. USB3, eSATA (3.0Gbit sec ~ 270MB/sec), SATA and thunderbolt are much faster than an average laptop drive. Archived speed should be roughly the same for all of these. –  Hennes Nov 14 '12 at 3:17
    
So if I just want to go the cables route (firewire, crossover, etc) what's my best bet? –  Richard Nov 14 '12 at 3:34
    
Ethernet crossover. Because 1) just about every laptop and desktop has Ethernet, 2) The drivers are usually already installed 3) an ethernet cable is very cheap 4) An ethernet cable is useful in many other situations. -- If at least one side has MDI/MHX or is a gigabit Ethernet interface then both a normal Ethernet cable as well as a cross cable will do. –  Hennes Nov 14 '12 at 12:07

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