on 3 April 2012
this truly is a universal data transfer cable. The built in software has been loaded on to XP, 98SE, and W7 32 and 64 bit without any hassle and happily transfers selected files in both directions and at a good speed. The folder sync option is perfect, has yet to drop any file and the transfer log is an added bonus. Other less expensive devices are limited, for example, the target PC must have W7 installed. They also typically only work with Vista/W7 and are one way only. The StarTech seems to have no restrictions and I can highly recommend it as a darn-near foolproof 100% data transfer system - and well worth the money.
on 23 September 2011
I was previously running XP SP3 2002 on 4 machines, all of which loved this cable. Easy to use, compact, portable, did the job great.
Recently replaced one of the machines, ditched 2 of the slaves and upgraded everything to run on Win 7 Home Premium 64bit...
The cable still installs & works fine but the software has trouble making the machines talk to each other in the way they should (and did through XP.)
It's still possible to transfer files individually via the virtual bridge but with Win 7 the "Sync remote folders" function just refuses to complete and sometimes causes the program to stop responding altogether.
Not a fault with the hardware, just most likely the software wasn't tested to run with 7. Sad because it's otherwise a great bit of kit.
on 23 November 2013
I use this cable (together with a KVM switch) to transfer data between my personal computer (full of data and software), that I use for my job, and the company laptop (very slow and poorly software equipped) that I use for the internet connection (web and email) and printers.
The cable operates at a hardware level, therefore I don't have any issue with the administrator restrictions of the company laptop for what concerns the identification of the device. No issue with the software GO Bridge that is an executable file stored inside the cable and doesn't require to be installed on the connected computers, therefore no administator locks on the company computer. Perfect!
Both computers runs under Windows XP Professional 32 bit.
Unfortunately I can't use the software included in the GO Bridge that should allow to use the internet connection of the company laptop remotely from my personal computer because of administrative restrictions that impede it. Therefore I can't review this feature.
On the other hand the software of the Go Bridge that allows data transfer is not at all blocked by the administrator restrictions of the company laptop. This software is a sort of file explorer that allows a remote navigation inside the folders of the other computer. This is very convenient and easy to use: to transfer data you can simply drag and drop single files, multiple files, folders, everything you want, from Windows explorer to the GO Bridge explorer and vice versa. Furthermore you can open files that are stored on one computer directly from the other computer with double click on the GO Bridge explorer: for example when I need to print a file that is on my personal computer, I just open the file from the company laptop using the GO Bridge explorer and print, with no need of file tranfer in advance. Very, very useful!
However the cable has showed a reliability issue in the transfer of data. It has happened (in very few cases) that the files, once transferred from one computer to the other, became corrupted. I've not understood yet if this is due to the cable itself or to the computer (quite old), but this is the reason why I don't award the cable with 5 stars. I'll investigate using another computer.