Computer systems use several types of connectors and cables to link components together. Many operators and technicians identify cables by the type or connectors they have on the end, while others identify them by the type of cable itself or the function it performs. In many cases, similar names identify different types of cables, sometimes causing confusion.
USB stands for "Universal Serial Bus" and identifies both a type of port on a computer and the cable that plugs into it. The USB port has become the standard type of connection port for almost all peripheral devices in a computer system, including printers, mice, scanners and digital cameras.
The term USB also identifies any cable that has such a connector on either end. USB cables that connect to peripheral devices only have the USB connector on one end. The other end fits into the peripheral device with whatever type of connector the manufacturer uses.
USB Transfer Cables
USB transfer cables have USB connectors on both ends. Connecting a transfer cable between two computers basically makes each computer a peripheral device of the other. Each computer can transfer files to the other without the use of any external memory system.
Other Transfer Methods
You can also transfer files from one computer to another with any memory device. Simply plug the device into the USB port or one computer, transfer the data into the device, then plug the device into the other computer and transfer it there. However, this process takes twice as long.
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