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Belkin Easy Transfer  (F5U279)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2010
I was transferring from Windows XP to Windows 7. One important note is that you must have Service Pack 2 downloaded first on your old computer. Also, unless you have a laptop, you pretty much have to have 2 computer systems set up at once (monitor, keyboard/mouse, and tower are all needed). The support person said I could transfer with only 1 monitor running, but I can't imagine how annoying that would have been to unplug and reconnect after each step. The cd is easy enough to use, but once it got to the point where you connect the cables to the machines, it kept giving me the message "cable not detected". After retrying several times, I finally decided to put the cable into a different USB port (I had 2 on each computer). This did the trick. So, if at first it doesn't run, try different port combinations and you should be fine. It transferred all my files smoothly, so I was happy with the end result. I'm not at all computer savvy, so if I figured it out, anyone can.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2011
I bought the Belkin Easy Transfer Cable for Windows 7 thinking it would transfer as much data as possible from my old XP PC to my new Windows 7 PC. Especially with Belkins reliability. It was very easy to use and worked quite fast (now I know why). When it finished the transfer it gives you a list of all things (in my case the very few things)it migrated. I know what I am doing with 17 years experience working on and building Windows PCs.

It hardly transferred anything from my XP PC to my Windows 7 PC. No files, photos, music, personal preferences and settings, documents or any other files as stated would be transferred....not a single one. This cable did not work anything like it claimed to. I am upset as now I have to laboriously transfer everything from my XP backup of files from my WD external hard drive to the new Windows 7 PC.

I could/should have downloaded the FREE program from the Windows 7 website and bought a cheap USB cable and transfered more than this thing did. Not to mention saved myself the money thrown away on this to buy the Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive I wanted instead.

The Belkin Easy Transfer Cable for Windows 7 is a total ripoff.

Save yourself the money and get the free program here:
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Then buy a male to male USB cable for $1.66 -$7 here or anywhere on the internet.

http://www.amazon.com/USB-Cable-Type-Male-Version/dp/B000I1GZE6/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1295870745&sr=1-3
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2011
At first, I wasn't sure if this cable would work for me because I had read somewhere that it only worked for Windows 7 32-bits to Windows 7 32-bits. I recently purchased a new laptop that comes with Windows 7 64-bits and I needed to transfer my files from my previous Windows 7 32-bits laptop. Anyway, I found this cable here on Amazon and the description stated that it was compatible for the transfer I needed. I figure, if it doesn't work I'll just return it.

I ordered it with the Local Express Delivery and received my cable with perfect timing. This cable is extremely easy to use with "Windows Easy Transfer". If you have Windows 7 you won't need to install the software. If you have XP or Vista, you can simply pop in the CD that comes with the cable and follow the instructions. I started Windows Easy Transfer on both computers and selected the option of "Use Easy Transfer Cable". You may use DVDs/CDs too, but that would have taken me tons of discs I would've thrown away afterwards. I plugged in the cable, waited a few seconds for my two laptops to recognize the device then proceeded with the transfer.

The process took a while (maybe about an hour) since I had a considerable amount of files. I transfers everything such as your Documents, Music, Videos, Pictures and basic User Account information. Any programs you have you will have to re-install.

This cable works great and I'm extremely happy that I bought it. I'm in my new laptop and it's a relief that every time I look for a file, I have right here with me!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2010
There is nothing wrong with this product, but transferring your data from a Windows XP computer to a Windows 7 computer is not easy. You must install the transfer software on the XP-SP3 computer, and I had to do several cleanup exercises to get it to install. Once installed, the software would not run on the old computer, and I finally found some instructions on the web that explained how to make some registry changes to allow the software to run on the old PC. After about 3 hours of researching, cleaning, and modifying the registry on the old PC, I got it to run, and everything worked well from there.

Again, nothing is wrong with this product, this is more of a Microsoft issue than a Belkin issue. The Belkin product worked well once I got through all the "old PC" issues.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I bought this cable thinking I could use it to backup from my main XP machine to my new Win7 computer (to be used primarily as storage backup). It is very difficult if not impossible to network connect an XP computer to a Win7 computer. To do it requires more patience than any human I know has. So I thought that USB transfer should solve my problem, it did not.

Biggest problem is that the Easy Transfer Software runs on the Win7 computer and has to read directories from the XP computer, a very slow process. It initially attempts to read everything (but not transfer yet) showing you what is on your XP drive. Then you have the opportunity to select/deselect what you want to transfer. Unfortunately because the Easy Transfer is running on the Win7 computer, it is extremely slow responding when you select/deselect directories (to transfer). This makes it essentially useless.

The other big problem is that Easy Transfer does not allow selecting a Windows directory to transfer into another directory on the Win7 computer. I wanted to backup everything from the XP to the Win7 in a directory called XPBackup, but you cannot do that.
Keep in mind that you have to install Easy Transfer Software on the XP computer, so why didn't they let you run it from the XP computer? It would make it much faster and possibly useable.

My temporary solution is to image one of the XP computer's harddrives into a USB drive then connect it to the Win7 computer and transfer to the XPBackup Directory. I am going to continue to look at alternatives. I am transferring about 200gb and the USB transfer speed is only around 10mb/sec, far slower than a network transfer.

My recommendation is to use a USB hard drive if you want to do backups from an XP computer to a Win7 computer. The alternative is to find an expert who can setup a network where the XP and Win7 computers can see each other (good luck!).
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2011
Product did not work. Contacted Belkin support. The worst customer support I have ever experienced. After a week of trying their solutions, they suggested a Micrsoft blog page that required multiple Registry changes. Bought a memory stick and transfered all the data that I needed in my new computer.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2010
For a basic transfer of files and settings from one computer to another, the software and cable makes this a breeze, in my case from an XP Pro laptop to a Windows 7 desktop. The booklet guides the process step by step for basic transfer, though onscreen steps are pretty straight forward. It does help to click on "customize" and "advanced options" to see if they apply to your situation, ex if you want to pick what to transfer, or there are 2 users. Graphics show rate and status of the transfer. Programs are not transferred, which was a little disappointing, but I probably should have researched more before buying it. It does give a report on what was transferred and programs you may wish to put on the new computer with weblinks on where to get them (I haven't checked into those yet).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2011
I've tried this product on two transfer but never again. It only works smoothly if you want to transfer over all the user account data along with all the junk in there from your old computer. If you want to pick and choose what you want to transfer using their advanced section, it will let you spend your time picking folders and then when you click on a random folder, it will freeze and make you close out the program and it makes you want to start all over.

Save yourself the headache and just remove the hard drive from the old computer and put it into the new computer. Most computers will pick it up right away now a days and you can swap any files you want from the old hard drive or just keep it in your new computer.
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2010
After hearing of the "ease of transfer" from XP to Windows 7, I purchased a Belkin cable from Amazon and couldn't get it to work. Spent hours searching for a cause .. possible bad USB connection, missing update information, forums, etc. Then made calls to Belkin. On the third call to "tech help", various tests revealed that I had a bad cable. I asked for a replacement and was told I wold have to pay for the return of the defective cable. WHAT! I went through the roof. After much haggling, I was finally advised that thanks to a special dispensation from a supervisor, an "exception" was being made .. giving me two alternatives (1) give my visa, get a new cable shipped and get a credit when the junk cable was received by Belkin or (2)get an RMA, send the cable back by UPS and finally get a replacement cable shipped when the junk cable is received. Oh lucky me.

I cannot believe the attitude of Belkin towards a customer who got a defective product. I will now avoid Belkin at all costs. Customers buying from Belkin should be aware that Belkins is not customer friendly when it comes to adjustments
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2010
I did not buy this cable to transfer files and programs from an old computer to a new computer. Rather, I bought it to use with LapLink for Windows 7 to transfer large amounts of data between my desktop and my laptop, both of which are running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit.

I've used LapLink for years to synchronize data between my desktop, which I use in my home office, and my laptop, which I take on the road. LapLink recently released an update for Windows 7, which I installed. Works great, although for me the are no significant differences between it and earlier versions -- except I no longer get an irrelevant error message when starting the program.

LapLink sells a USB2 cable for transferring files between computers, which they say is the fastest means of transfer. Although it's included with some of the software they sell, it's not included with the upgrade, and they want $39.95 for it plus $12.95 shipping, a total of $52.90. I thought that a bit steep, so I decided to try the Belkin USB2 computer-to-computer cable, which was only $27.84 from Amazon with no tax and free shipping. Works great with LapLink. BTW, the Belkin cable is eight feet long, which is two feet longer than the one sold by LapLink.

I tested the speed of transfers using my home LAN network versus the USB2 cable. My laptop is connected to the LAN by wireless N and has "excellent" signal strength as it's only a couple of feet from the router. I selected a directory with 2,552,136,848 bytes for the test, deleting the files from the laptop, then transferring them from the desktop to the laptop. I repeated the test with the same files for both the LAN and USB2 connections. Using the LAN, the transfer took 31 minutes 17 seconds at a rate of 10,877,400 bps. With the Belkin USB2 cable, it took only 2 minutes 16 seconds at a rate of 150,125,500 bps (stats per LapLink's summary window). No brainer! This will be a great help to me when I'm trying to get out of the house in the morning and when I return at night.

Installation of the Belkin USB2 cable for THIS purpose is simple. First, toss the CD with the software in the trash. Second, connect one end of the cable to your computer and allow Windows to find the driver, which takes only a few seconds. Third, unplug the cable from the one computer and plug it into the other computer, allowing the second computer to find and install the driver. Fourth, connect the cable to both computers. Fifth, start LapLink on one computer, then on the other. If the connection over the USB2 cable is not made automatically, check your port settings and activate the USB port. That's it. All file transfer functions of LapLink should now work using the USB2 cable.

HOWEVER, note that any existing LapLink exchange agents won't work with the USB2 cable -- they look for the connection that was active when you recorded them. Rather, you have to create new exchange agents while the computers are connected via the USB2 cable.
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