Transferring Files from your Main Computer to your Shop Computer

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If you’re like me, the computer you use for the design process is not the same as the computer you use in your shop. Typically, the computer that ends up in the shop is one or two generations behind in processing power because it isn’t smart to put anything newer in a place where it will get dirty or possibly even damaged.

This means that the CAD files designed on your more capable computer will have to somehow be transferred to the antiquated shop computer.

That’s no big deal though right? All you have to do is plug in a USB drive, wait for it to be detected, find the files, drag them over, wait for them to transfer, safely remove the flash drive (maybe), carry the flash drive to your shop computer, plug it in, wait for it to be detected, and, finally, drag them onto the shop computer.

If you’re lucky, this is the point where the nightmare stops; however, it is not uncommon to find that something has been forgotten which means that the whole psychotic process must start over.

Once laid out, it becomes clear just how unproductive it is to transfer files this way. Thankfully though, there is a much better way.

By far the easiest way I’ve found for transferring files is to use Dropbox which can be downloaded at

With Dropbox, all you have to do is keep the files in a special folder, and they will automatically appear in a similar folder on the second computer. Essentially, the folders are seamlessly synched together over the internet.

What’s also nice is that the first two gigabytes of storage space are 100% free. No credit card required. If you want more, there is a monthly fee, but two gigs should be plenty for most people.

You can see the rather lengthy list of features here.

No longer is there a need to run back and forth between computers to retrieve a file. Dropbox has saved me a lot of time in many different ways, so I thought that I should share this tip so that you can do the same.

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