Say you have a notebook. You're traveling, and somebody hits your screen with a 2x4. (It could happen.) The system still works, kind of, but you need a new unit ASAP before your old one dies. So, you rush to the store, grab a new machine, and now have to deal with transferring all of your data. Doing this over a LAN-if you have one available--is slow and cumbersome at best. Ditto that for using USB Bash drive or (shudder) optical stOrage. Now imagine taking this 6-foot USB patch cable and conneaing the two systems with it. No software installation, no drivers-just plug it in. Matching file browsers pop up on both PCs showing the local and remote file system, looking a lot like rwo instances of Windows Explorer in splitscreen. The beauty of this arrangement is that you can simply navigate through
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the file tree of one system and drag and drop files and folders to make the other system march. We tried the Share Cable with two netbooks. Historically, we've Struggled with tools such as Windows Easy Transfer, which makes tOO many assumptions about what files you want and where they're located. Trendnet's tool gives fast bur granular control to users who actually know where their data is located. Just start at the top of each volume and work your way through the folders. After migrating about 20GB of data, including an Outlook PST file and loads of media, we estimated that the cable could move about 1 GB per minute-pretty decent considering the time savings of not having to deal wi th a network or installing a thirdpartyapp. ot every great tool has to feature groundbreaking technology, and, in the righr circumstances, the Share Cable might JUSt be a lifesaver. If nothing else, it can save hours of restoration work.