Today I will be teaching you How to copy or transfer data from RDP to a local PC and from PC to RDP.
I’m doing this RDP file transfer tutorial on a Microsoft Windows PC, But you can transfer data between a local computer and RDP on Mac OS and Linux operating systems by following this tutorial.
I urge you to go through the tutorial till the end to avoid any time-wasting and inconvenience.
I’m not going into details on what RDP is? Of course, You are well aware of the RDP that’s why you are here.
If you want to transfer data with a small size between RDP and a local computer by drag and drop then there should not be any problem.
Copying or transferring data between 1 to 100 MB’s no big deal. The problem arises when you want to transfer data ranging from 100MB to 100GB and on top of that, This becomes almost impossible If you are using a slow internet connection.
In a moment, I will describe how to enable copy-paste data transfer.
I was going through the same situation while copying some important data with a 2GB size from Amazon AWS RDP.
My internet connection was not letting me copy data from Amazon RDP.
Is File Sharing Websites Solution Of Any Use For Data Transfer?
After several failed attempts, I thought of file-sharing websites that first upload to a file-sharing website and then use a given download link to download my data from the file-sharing website. But gave up on this idea.
Actually, there are two problems with file-sharing websites.
People behind file-sharing websites don’t allow uploading large files, as well as, they impose a specific download data limit on you to stop you from downloading with maximum download speed.
For example, Your internet’s download speed is 1MB per second, but they give you a mere 200KB per second.
The most annoying thing is that most of the file-sharing websites don’t offer resume capability.
In simple words, If the internet gets disconnected then You will have to start off your download from zero KB no matter if you were at 50% or 90%.
Additionally, Uploadingpersonal/private files/data to file-sharing websites is not a safe practice.
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Built-In File Transfer Feature Of Remote Desktop Connection
The built-in or native file transfer or file sharing feature of the Remote Desktop Connection utility is the best, safe and convenient way to transfer data from an RDP to your local or host PC.
There is a downside to this method that makes it unusable for most RDP users. To transfer data in megabytes (MBs), the Remote Desktop Connection tool can be beneficial.
But If you have data in Gigabytes (GBs) or Terabytes (TB) and you use an internet connection with KBs download speed then It becomes almost impossible to complete data transferring.
Use the Remote Desktop Connection utility for data transfer if you have a fast and reliable internet connection.
Aside from the internet speed, Data transfer will stop when you shut down your PC or disconnect from an RDP session.
Here is how to use the Remote Desktop Connection utility for data transferring?
How Can Remote Desktop Connection Utility Be Used For Data Transfer?
To enable the data transfer feature in the Remote Desktop Connection utility, You will have to disconnect the RDP session.
After disconnecting, Before you connect, click on “Show Options”.
Go to the “Local Resources” tab.
Check-mark the “Clipboard” option and then click on “More” to make a few necessary settings.
There will be an option named “Drives”. Dropdown Drives option and select a partition or drive of your choice.
Transferred data will be stored in the partition chosen by you, So make sure it has enough free disk space.
Click OK to save the settings and go connect to the RDP.
After the connection is established, The partition chosen by you should show up on My PC.
You can transfer data to this drive or partition by doing copy paste.
Let’s move on to the next data transfer solution If the Remote Desktop Connection utility does not meet your requirements.
Use A Peer-To-Peer File Sharing Software For Data Transfer Between The Host PC And RDP?
I recommend you give peer-to-peer file sharing a shot. This method of data transfer works great and you can transfer data to a local machine even with a slow internet connection.
This data transfer method is easy, convenient, and secure.
How To Use A Peer-To-Peer File Sharing Software For Data Transfer?
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You can do so with uTorrent which is free to use and one of the best peer-to-peer file-sharing programs.
To transfer data between RDP and local PC, Download and install uTorrent on both your local computer and remote desktop (RDP).
After the installation process, We need to create a new torrent file in order to transfer data between RDP and your local PC.
I want to transfer a 2GB file from Amazon RDP to my local machine.
Launch uTorrent and click create new torrent icon.
You have two options here. If you want to transfer a single file then click add file while add directory option allows you to choose an entire folder to be transferred. Leave other settings as default.
After choosing your data, Click the create button to save the .Torrent file. You may give it a name as well.
Close dialog box.
Now copy .Torrent file and paste it into the local PC.
After copying, Open this .Torrent file with uTorrent to download or transfer data from your RDP.
During the entire process, RDP must be turned on. You may shut down your local PC and resume the download whenever you want with maximum download speed.
(Bonus Tip) Use Cloud Storage Services For Data Transfer
Cloud storage services or websites is another handy method to move or transfer data between a local PC and RDP.
RDPs are well known for the fastest upload and download speed.
You can take advantage of this fast upload and download speed If you don’t want to or can not keep your RDP or local PC turned on or your local PC or RDP doesn’t have enough free disk space.
From the RDP or local PC, upload your data to a cloud storage website and instead of downloading the entire data, you can download and use a file you actually need.
This method can be quite useful if you work with a team. Without having to give RDP access, you can share the required file or data.
Using cloud storage services for data transfer is a free and secure way.
There are plenty of paid and free cloud storage services. Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and Dropbox are some popular names in the world of cloud storage services.
I hope you like my suggested ways for data transfer between an RDP and a local PC.
Please share any other good and useful methods for data transfer if you know. You can use the comment section for this purpose.
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