AVAILABILITY October 23, 2009, in North America Q1 2010 in Europe and Asia Pre-orders available on Amazon Easy Transfer Cable for Windows 7 (F5U279) - $39.99Migrates the following content easily and quickly, including*:Music, photos, movies, documents, and other contentUser accountsSettings and customizations for WindowsFiles and foldersProgram settings and data filesEmail messages and contactsQuick setup in 3 easy steps: install software, connect the cable, and follow on-screen promptsTransfers your information much faster than burning CDs, setting up a network, or other means of copy dataSets up your new computer in minutes with your favorite settings from your existing computers and other devicesPost-migration report provides comprehensive view of what wastransferred, including lists of all programs and applications installedon old PC and links to download latest versions of programs Improved custom selection: user interface allows you to specify which items you want to transferOfficially designed for Microsoft Windows Easy Transfer utilityMoves files between two PCs at speeds of up to 480Mbps. Estimate transfer of up to 7,500 songs per hour to your new computer.USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (480Mbps) and fully backward-compatible with USB 1.1 low-speed (12/1.5Mbps)Windows 7 32- and 64-bit certified8-foot cable length
Ok i get it. there's some flash memory with software built into the cable, really cool idea although its been done before. I recall something called PC Personality Clone which did the same thing, also Aloha Bobs PC Relocator [now owned by Microsoft and called the file and Setting transfer Wizard in Windows]. If you want to go back to Paralell cable and Serial cable days there was Laplink
digitaldd:Ok i get it. there's some flash memory with software built into the cable
I was wondering what that was. What is the purpose of it? I'm trying to figure-out the justification for the $40 price!
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I guess it saves you the trouble of copying the data onto a HD or other media first when transferring.
But if you have network setup, you should have no need of this device.
I agree, if you want to transfer data, use a network, or buy a external HDD or some flash drive, at least when you are done you still have removable storage and not some useless cable.
I would use that if my old computer's USB port wasn't so messed up. It keeps connecting and disconnecting at times. Some people say it may be the PSU. I think it's the mother board itself.
/agree. People should have at least one external drive anyway: for backups of important data. So, I too don't see the use of this cable.
The manufacturers should have just concentrated on backup/recovery software that specifically deals with registry entries, shortcuts, and the other pains that you run into when moving Windows files between versions - and make that work with any connected drive (USB, firewire, etc).
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
I also agree that there are other ways to do it (which have the advantage of not costing forty beans), but as Shawn noted we're scarcely the target market for it. My own personal way to do it involves revealing hidden files, installing the old HD in a USB case, dragging, and forgetting at least one important part. Acronis Migrate Easy worked for me, kind of, once; but it's not something I'd spring on Mom.
Belkin makes good products that serve real needs, so I'm guessing that they'll make a decent, and ethical, buck here.
I'm just wondering how many of these will show up on eBay and Craigslist on October 24.
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There' a small amount of flash memory with mac/windows partitions that autoruns when the cable is inserted. no idea if it works from Mac to PC or PC to Mac but if both systems are the same type the software is basically just a wizard that asks what you wan to copy over. Most advanced users won't ever need something like this but I can see this being useful for folks who really don't know what a network is or folks who have no clue on backup/restore. much cheaper that PC Personality Clone was [it doesn't exist anymore] or Laplink for the matter.
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