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    Is there a difference between a USB transfer cable and a USB extension cable?

    I am about to abandon my 2006 PC running under XP. I purchased a new PC running under Win.7.
    I would like to be able to connect the two PC's before I do that in order to transfer my data files.

    Is there a difference between a USB transfer cable and a USB extension cable? The connectors seem to be the same on either cable: type A male at each end. The price of some transfer cables seem to be outragious, while there are some extremely inexpensive ones. However, I do find that most of the extension cables mostly are in the inexpensive area.

    I don't know of anyone who likes to spend more than necessary for things.
    Dell Dimension E310 DV051, Pentium 4, 2.80GHz, Memory 512MB, XP SP3 MCE/Pro
    Dell Inspiron 15R, 8GB, Win7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
    All help truly appreciated!

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    A USB extension cable has an A Plug (male) at one end and an A Socket (female) at the other:
    usb_extension.jpg
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    A USB transfer cable has an A Plug (male) at both ends (and often a bulbous casing in the middle):
    usb-transfer.jpg
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    Hope this helps...

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    I would use a standard Ethernet cable and set up a share on the old PC for the new one to use / copy from.

    cheers, Paul

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    Thank you, one and all.

    Just what I needed to know.

    flavet

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