You’ve spent years collecting files on your computer. Every vacation photo, every video of fireworks you’re never going to watch again (but can’t bring yourself to delete), the documents and PDFs, even the first seven pages of that book you’re totally going to finish writing—it’s all on there. So how do you get them moved over to your new laptop? Transferring files from your old computer to your new computer has traditionally been measured in hours. And depending on the size of the transfer, it could easily take longer still.
With the new Thunderbolt Transfer Cable from Plugable (TBT-TRAN), you can transfer the contents of one Thunderbolt-equipped Windows computer to another Thunderbolt-equipped Windows computer at speeds of up to 10Gbps. That’s 5x faster than transferring over a USB 3.0 Transfer Cable. That means 1TB of data can move between computers in minutes rather than hours.
Is the TBT-TRAN Right for Me
Let’s take a look at a couple of ways you can transfer files. Cloud Storage is a popular option. You simply upload everything to a service like Google Drive or OneDrive. Depending on your connection to the World Wide Web, that’s probably going to take an hour or two (or three). Everything uploaded? Great, now, you’re ready to download to the new computer. Hopefully, you planned accordingly because you’re looking at another hour (at least).
Using an external hard drive is a fine route to take. Of course, if you don’t already have a drive large enough to hold all of your data in one go, things can get complicated and expensive. And even if you do have a big enough drive, you’re still spending a lot of time waiting around. Cable transfer really is the most efficient way to get everything moved over.
It’s More Than a Thunderbolt Cable
If it was as easy as just tethering two computers with a cord, then just any old cord would do. But the cord only dictates the speed at which the data can flow. And while a well-built Thunderbolt cable is your fastest bet, you still need a software solution. The Plugable TBT-TRAN comes bundled with a license for Easy Computer Sync software by Bravura.
With Easy Computer Sync, you can securely transfer your important files between two Thunderbolt-equipped Windows computers with direct port-to-port access. No external hard drive necessary, no limit on file size, and after you’ve downloaded the software, you won’t need an internet connection either. The product key is connected directly to the cable—so you won’t lose it—and comes with unlimited transfers of unlimited data across an unlimited number of computers.
And, while the TBT-TRAN is more than just a Thunderbolt cable, when you aren’t using it to transfer files between computers, you can still use it as just a Thunderbolt cable (20 Gbps).
But Is It Compatible With My Computer
The Plugable TBT-TRAN is compatible with Thunderbolt 4, Thunderbolt 3, and USB4-equipped computers running Windows 10 or newer—not compatible with USB-C ports that don’t support one of these protocols.
Can You Sum It Up in Bullet Points
The TBT-TRAN is an incredibly fast, and impressively affordable option for transferring the contents of one Thunderbolt-equipped Windows computer to another.
- Transfer documents, music, pictures, videos, and other data files
- Transfer data up to 5x faster than USB 3.0 and 40x faster than USB 2.0
- No limits on file sizes or transfer sessions, transfer any amount of data forever
- Does not transfer installed programs, executables, or clone systems (protects from malware)