Scenario: I have an underpowered laptop with windows Vista and a lot of media on it. I want to transfer these files to my much more powerful desktop PC with windows XP pro on it. I can't find my flash drive, plus I have some 20gigs of DVD rips to send over (iso images). I figured the best way to do this was simply connect a patch cat5e cable to each machine. Both machines "see" each other and it says my connection speed is 1GB/s. Yet here I am, trying to transfer a 2GB folder now, and it looks like It will take me 1.5 hours!
Why is this so slow? That means data is being transfered at .38MB/s. I know I can only write to my hard drive so fast, but a flash drive would be a lot quicker than this. Can I do anything to make this faster? My roommates will scream if I use the ethernet cable for too long; they need it to play XBOX 360