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Quirky.....but does its job in the end
on 23 March 2008
I bought the Belkin Easy Transfer Cable last week to transfer the files & drivers from my old XP to my new Vista. I was quite excited by the prospect of transferring all my files so easily. I was all ready to write a glowing review on Amazon with 5 stars!
As per the instructions provided, I downloaded the driver on my XP and followed the instructions on the screen. So far so easy. I then selected the files and folders to transfer and started the transfer process. After an hour, I realised that it had stopped transferring, as my Vista laptop went to sleep after staying idle. So I disabled the automatic sleep mode on both laptops. I then started the transfer again. Meanwhile, I had a little nap. When I woke up, (after 1 hr), about 25% was complete. I then watched a programme on TV and came back to it after 30 mins.....it still was stuck up in the same place!! I cancelled the process, and after I cancelled it, I got the message that one of the files could not be transferred for some unknown reason. The result? I was back to square one, with nothing transferred (you cannot transfer partially). I now decided to write the review with 4 stars.
I then tried again the next day, this time being careful not to select the folder it was not able to transfer the first time around. Again, I went to sleep. After 2 hours, I realised that it was again stuck at one point for more than an hour. I had to cancel again. I figured out that this time, automatic Java update had started on my Vista via the wireless internet. If any other programme runs on the laptops, it just stops transferring without giving any warning! I then switched off the wireless switch on both the laptops.
I then decided that this was the last time I would try to transfer. If it works, 3 stars, & if it doesn't....1 star. This time the transfer was successful, quite smoothly and relatively fast.
All in all, it has its quirky bits. Make sure that no other programmes run, and no automatic downloads are taking place, the laptops are set not to go into sleep or standby mode after a while, & exclude the problem folders where the transfer process appears stuck......the transfer is fast and easy.