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Transferring Files From Laptop

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How do people transfer large amounts of data from their laptop to their desktop PC for processing? I spent under an hour capturing 60Gb of AVI files this evening but its taking over an hour to copy it from my laptop to a usb 2 external hard drive and then onto my desktop PC. The limit on the transfer speed seems to be around 24MB/s which I guess is the top speed of the external hard drive.

Is there a quicker way? Preferably one that doesn't require copying the files twice.

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You can't share some space or from one to the other and copy across the network?  Or failing that run an FTP server or SSH server on one machine I guess, and copy it that way?

James

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Thanks for the quick replies. JamesF would it be quicker transferring across a WiFi network? I didn't think it would but I'll look into it.

waz1642 USB2 is all my laptop has unfortunately.

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Depends how good your wifi network connection is I guess, and which protocol you're using.  Plugging it into a wired network would almost certainly improve transfer rates though.

James

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I just tried a large file over my own wifi network and got over 50MB/s.

James

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The WiFi isn't great on my desktop but I've been looking into using the Ethernet ports and it looks promising so I'll try that. Thanks again for the replies.

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I just plug mine into my main desktop via 100G ethernet - many, many times quicker than wifi.

Either do it via an ethernet hub or get a 'cross-over' cable and connect direct

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I just plug mine into my main desktop via 100G ethernet - many, many times quicker than wifi.

Either do it via an ethernet hub or get a 'cross-over' cable and connect direct

Remember if using a crossover directly, you'll have no dhcp to assign ip addresses so you'll need static on lappy and tower

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The other way would be to have some dedicated NAS. There is little difference in throughput speed between usb2 and standard firewire. Or there are now 64Gb micro sd cards...

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I would agree with damnut there.  I did have a USB drive plugged into my router and had that shared as a network drive.  I say did as it was being very tempremental and disconnecting at the most inopportune times.....mainly in the middle of an imaging session.

Am now going to get a dedicated NAS and use that.  It also has the bonus advantage as you can use it for storing all your music / videos on and then access it very easily from Smart TV's / BluRays or multi room music players.  You can also set your main PC and laptop to backup to the NAS too.

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Whilst a little slow if you have large amounts of data (70 - 100Gb of Moon avi's for example), there is one big advantage of copying to a removable disc and then to your main processing PC.  It gives you an extra layer of protection or backup.  You have three copies of your raw data - laptop, external drive and PC.  Once processed (or if you need to collect yet more data) the laptop copy can be deleted safe in the knowledge that you still have two copies of your hard earned data.

Once I have stacked my data and am happy with it I then copy that stacked data to my regular backup disc (another external drive).  Final processing gets done and these images are also copied to the main backup drive.  When I am finally happy the raw avi's are deleted from the PC and the "transfer" external disc to return all that capacity ready for the next imaging session.

Why go to all this trouble?  Well I "lost" a PC due to a thunderstorm a while back but I did not lose a single piece of data!!

For what its worth I make my "transfer" discs from old PC hard drives - just buy a caddy and format the discs and you have an almost free disc drive.  There must be millions of redundant 120 - 160 Gb discs out there just waiting to be snapped up for little or no money!

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I use a piece of free software called Dropit.  As files are created on the imaging machine (or at least within a few minutes) they are moved over wireless to my NAS .  I image from home so apart from a cheap wifi extender I just had to set it up.  The images are transferred over the course of the night so network performance is not an issue, and I don't end up with large amounts of data to move at the end of the night.  I can also check/grade etc images from my other machine without affecting the one attached to the computer (apart from RDP to keep an eye on it).

Cheers

Ross

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It depends how tech savvy you are.

You can use TeamViewer to transfer files between computers on your network, and also to control the laptop remotely.

You install the free Teamviewer software on each computer and setup a name and password so you can control/transfer either way.

It will transfer the files across the network without any extra setup and opens up a screen with the file structure of each computer. you just select the locations and the files to copy and let it do its thing. I use it to also control my laptop from inside and check guiding and such whilst i sit in the warm processing files from other sessions :). Its also useful if you run Windows 7 home edition, as I don't think you can Remotely control using that OS without third party software.

The problem with the NAS option I find is that it is slower to work off the NAS.

I use my NAS for backup but process all my files on local hard drives. Just my preference of course.

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I just tried a large file over my own wifi network and got over 50MB/s.

James

Thats extremely impressive for WiFi, thats around 400mb/s. What hardware you running to get that? I'm running extremely old 56mbps acess points so well overdue and upgrade to whatever is getting you those speeds!

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I plug my laptop into my gigabit ethernet network and just copy the files across. In addition to the main BT Homehub 5 I also have a basic Netgear 5 port gigabit switch.

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That's the way Dave, I just plonk a NAS on and its just like a big dob, a data bucket :grin:

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