The Tornado by Data Drive Thru

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The Tornado
by Data Drive Thru
Using The Tornado
March 2, 2008
The Tornado: Introduction Using The Tornado
The Tornado: Specifications The Tornado: Conclusion


The Tornado
by Data Drive Thru
Features: Connect two computers via USB, allowing for seamless connection for transferring files and data.
Official Website: www.thetornado.com
MSRP: $59.95
Current Price: Check Price / Purchase
The Tornado by Data Drive Thru takes a common sensical approach to data transfer. The design is basic and the idea is rather simple: hook each end of the Tornado's USB 2.0 cable to each of the computer's USB jack, and after confirmation both computers are connected, begin the data transfer. This is a rather simple set of procedures, and requires little computer knowledge, other than how to plug one USB cable into the corresponding computer USB jack. Let's take a look at this process below.

No Software Installation Necessary

What I found most exciting, is there is no software to install. All you have to do, is hook the two USB cables from The Tornado into the corresponding two computers you're transferring files with. That's it. Simply click on the Tornado icon on each computer (which appears after hooking up the USB cables), and you're all set and ready to move your files.

Limited Computer Distance For File Transfer

Data Drive Thru mentions the two computers which are to be used for data transfer, must be no further than 4ft from each other. For some, this might be a problem. In my case, it was. However, I had a USB 2.0 12ft extension cable in one of many boxes of computer stuff, so it wasn't a big deal. I mention this stipulation now, just in case you have two computers which are much further away than 4ft from each other. If you do not have a USB extension cable, now is the time to get one.

Data Drive Thru also recommends:

  • Only one USB extension cable be used
  • USB extension cable must be USB 2.0
Tornado Setup Options

An important option Data Drive Thru has offered for The Tornado file system transfer process, is limiting the amount of possible mistakes which can occur when transferring files. For example, if you "cut" one file and "paste" it to the other computer, the file will be deleted from the original computer. This serious mistake can easily be prevented by selecting read-only for the respective computer you're moving files from.

The Tornado - Read-Only

The Tornado File Transfer Interface

Once the two computers are properly connected, the following window and interface appears:

Note the This Computer and Other Computer designations on the split interface.

The Tornado Graphical User Interface

From this point on, you simply choose which files you want to transfer. The really cool part is this transferring of files can be two-way, not just one-way. So, you can transfer files from your old computer to your new computer, but you can also transfer files from your new computer to your old one if necessary.

Shown below is what's displayed when you transfer a file:

The Tornado  - Transferring File In Progress


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