Plugable Windows Transfer Cable—Downloading, Installing, and Using the Drivers and Software

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The Plugable Windows Transfer Cable transfers files between computers using the Bravura Easy Computer Sync software. Your purchase of the cable includes a full license to this software, which manages the connection and transfer process and includes all needed drivers.

Easy Computer Sync works with Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. It must be installed on both systems that will be connected by the Plugable USB Windows Transfer Cable. The same license can be used on both systems.

There are two common scenarios for using the Windows Transfer Cable.

  1. Upgrading to a new computer
  2. Transferring files back and forth between two computers on an ongoing basis (synchronizing)

The Bravura Easy Sync software is used for both scenarios. Instructions for each scenario are given below after the install instructions.

Install Instructions

The first step is to download Easy Computer Sync on both computers. The download also includes and installs the most recent Microsoft-provided drivers for the Windows Transfer Cable.

After clicking the link above, you will typically see a dialog box like this:

Click Run. The Easy Computer Sync installer will download to your computer. After the download finishes, you will see another dialog box like this:

Again, click on Run to run the Easy Computer Sync installer. Now the installer will appear.

Typically, in each page of the installer, you should accept the default options and click Next, or the option similar to it. This installs the Easy Computer Sync on your computer, and starts it after the installer finishes.

During installation, you will be prompted for a product key for the Bravura software. We send an email with the product key and the download location for the software to each person who purchases the cable. If this email is not available, please email us at support@plugable.com. Write “Bravura Easy Computer Sync Key” and your Amazon order number in the subject line, and we’ll be happy to resend your product key.

Starting Easy Computer Sync

Once installed, there are three ways to start the Easy Computer Sync software:

    • Double-click its icon on your  desktop.
    • In Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7, click on  Start Menu > All Programs > Easy Computer Sync, and select “Easy Computer Sync,” or in the Windows 8 and 8.1 Start menu, just type “Easy Computer Sync,” and click on it in the search results.
      • Plug the Windows Transfer Cable into a USB port on your computer and select it from Autoplay menu that appears:

Upgrading to a New Computer

1. Follow the instructions above to install the software on both the old computer and the new computer.

2. Plug the cable into a USB port on both computers. You may be prompted to start another program called Windows Easy Transfer in a window like the one below. Do not start Windows Easy Transfer. Instead, start the Easy Computer Sync software you just installed.

If you don’t see this window when you plug in the cable, start Easy Computer Sync according to the instructions above.

If a window asks you to allow the program to make changes to your computer, click Yes.

3. Click Next on both computers until you reach a window that says “Waiting for connection.” When both computers are ready, this will change to “Connection Detected” and a new window will be displayed asking you to Select folders to synchronize.

4. On the old computer, select the folders with information you wish to transfer to your new computer. You do not need to select anything on the new computer. Only the most commonly used folders are included by default. You can add more folders by clicking the Add Folder button.

5. On the same window, click Options. For Transfer Files select Only to other computer. For If there is a conflict, select Make Copies. Click OK. The display will return to the previous window.

6. Click Next. The files in the folders you selected will be transferred to the new computer. On the final screen, you can click View Log to see a list of the transferred files.

Methods for transferring files between two computers

In most cases, you will only need to perform the transfer using one of the following transfer methods.

Method 1:
    • Using the Sync Files option lets you quickly select some of the most frequently used folders to synchronize between your computers.

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    • Simply place a check mark next to the folders you would like to synchronize between the two computers. Please note, this will not only copy data from the old PC to the new, but also from the new PC to the old system.

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    • If you want to synchronize folders in special locations that are not on the list of folders by default, select Add Folder. To show all non-hidden folders on the computer, select Show Protected Folders.

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Method 2:
    • The Transfer Data to New Computer option automatically selects many of the most popular default folders and copies the information to the new computer.

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    • After selecting Transfer Data to New Computer, you will be prompted to select if the PC you are using is your old or new system.

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    • You will be presented with a list of folders to copy from the old PC to the new PC. By default, many of the most popular folders are already selected. If there is a specific folder you wish to transfer that is not selected by default, you may click the Add Folder button to browse for it.
    • Note: The Public Data option will transfer all items in your Shared/Public My Documents\Pictures\Music\Videos folders. Un-check this selection if you do not wish to transfer data from your Shared/Public folders.
    • Tip: it is strongly recommended that you do not simply put a check mark in the “My Computer” selection, or the entire “C:” drive box below it. This will transfer a huge amount of unnecessary information to the new PC, wasting hard drive space and substantially increasing the time required for the transfer.

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Method 3:
    • The Drag & Drop Files allows you to manually control the entire transfer process, selecting only the folders you wish to copy using a Windows File Explorer-style interface.

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    • The Simple File Transfer window shown below will be displayed, where you can manually select and transfer files and folders. Please note that to access your “My Documents”, “My Music”, “My Pictures”, etc folders with the drag-and-drop method, you will need to check the box near the top of the window labeled Show System Folders.

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    • Tip: Please be aware that with the “Show System Folders” view enabled, you now have access to copy data to and from protected folders on the drive. With great power comes great responsibility – be careful when transferring data via this method! (Generally speaking, it is unlikely that you will need to move information to/from any of the “Program Files” or “Windows” folders, so it’s safest to ignore those folders unless you have a specific need to access them.)
Drag & Drop Transfers: Finding the information you want

When migrating to a new system, generally the most important information is documents, pictures, music, etc; the irreplaceable stuff. By default, most programs save this data in a location called the User Profile – a set of folders created by Windows for every user who has their own Windows login on the system. The location of your User Profile will differ depending on which version of Windows is on the system, and will (usually) share the same name as your Windows login.

    • For Windows XP, the location will be: C:\Documents and Settings\{Whatever you chose as your user name}\My Documents\My Pictures, Music, stuff saved on your Desktop, etc
    • For Windows Vista, 7, 8, & 8.1, the location will be C:\Users\{Whatever you chose as your user name}\Documents, Pictures, Music, stuff saved on your Desktop, etc

Linux and Linux-derived systems

This adapter is supported with an open source driver on Linux kernels 3.0+ as a fast USB network device, but only between Linux machines and without any special synchronization functionality.

See plugable.com/products/usb-easy-tran for details about Linux and other uses.

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