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Methodss to Share Files between Two Computers with Ease

You may think something as simple as sharing or transferring files between computers on your home network would be easy. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Through this article, you can get different methods to share files between computers with ease, and you can also know how to access shared files successfully.

Advantages of Sharing Files Between Computers

File sharing is a way to let others see your documents, photos and other files that are stored on a computer or server. As there are so many advantages of sharing files between computers.

  1. A great way to share large files
  2. Modern file sharing features include expiration dates for shares. This means the recipient will only have access to the file via the link you shared for a specified period of time.
  3. File sharing lets you keep in touch with people all around the world and allows you to share photos and written documents that you do not want to share on a social media platform.
  4. Recovery of Lost Files

In addition, shared files can be accessed by multiple people, avoiding the problem that a file can only be accessed by one person.

To Share Files Between Computers

To share files between computers, there are many ways that you can actually use.

Method 1: Use External Storage Media

Using external storage media is useful when you only need to temporarily share files to other computers, or when you don't want to create a network share. Other than those, this method does not require you to connect to the network.

Method 2: Use Transfer Cable 

These transfer cables can be connected to two computers via USB ports, which is much faster than sharing files with external storage media, because this copy and paste occur on both computers at the same time.

And when using an external hard disk, you are basically transferring among three drives. while using a transfer cable is especially useful when you only have two.

Method 3: Use File Explorer

You don't need to spend extra money to buy transfer cable or external storage media, and you don't need to download third-party software. Instead you can use the sharing function built into the File Explorer.

Method 4: Use OneDrive to Share Files

You can also try to share files between computers via OneDrive. But if you want to share and view files using OneDrive, you need an account with OneDrive.

Check out the details on how to share files between computers Windows 10 with the popular OneDrive:

Step 1: Type OneDrive in the search box and click the top one to open the files location.

Step 2: Right-click the files that you want to share and choose Share to continue.

Step 3: After entering the name or the email address that you want to send the files, click Send. You can also click Copy Link to get the sharable link to share it with other people.

Step 4: You can set the sharing preference for the OneDrive content. It includes the ability to allow editing, set expiration date and password.

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When you share files with OneDrive, other users have got the sharable link can access your files even if your computer is offline. However, there is only 5GB free storage space, and you need to download the files to view them, so it may be a little troublesome for you.

Use MiniTool ShadowMaker to Share Files Between Computers

There is a piece of quick and safe backup software to share files with other computers – MiniTool ShadowMaker. You can use Sync feature of it to share files between computers and you can sync your files and folders regularly, so you don't have to re-sync each time you edit your files.

Note: If you want to use MiniTool ShadowMaker to share files between computers, then there should be a shared folder on another computer.

What’s more, MiniTool ShadowMaker can not only help you share files between computers, but also can help you back up data and restore it. And you can use it to clone disk to create a bootable external hard drive

Step 1: Launch MiniTool ShadowMaker and click Connect to get its main interface to continue.

Step 2: Go to the Sync page and click Source to choose the files you want to share to continue.

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Step 3: Select the files or folders you want to share and then click OK to continue.

Step 4: After having chosen files you want to share, then click Destination to continue.

Step 5: As you can see, there are five different paths you can choose. But since you want to share files with other computers, then you just need to click Shared.

Then you need to click Add new and enter other computer’s shared folder’s pathUser name and Password. Then click OK.

Step 6: After that, you can choose a folder you want to save the sharing files and click OK.

Step 7: After you have chosen the files you want to share and the destination, then you can click Sync Now to finish sharing files between computers.

After you have done these steps, then you can view the shared files on another computer’s shared folder.

To Solve the Problems During Accessing to Shared Files

Sometimes you may not be able to access shared files because of settings on your computer. There are also several ways to help you solve problems when accessing shared files.

1. Identify TCP/IP Address

2. Set Network Profile to Private

3. Allow Files Through a Firewall

4. Open Firewall Ports for File Sharing

To learn the details of how to practice these methods, check How to Solve the Problems During Accessing to Shared Files.

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