Data transfer

Updated: 04/30/2020 by Computer Hope

Data transfer or transfer is any information that is transferred from one location to another through some communication method. For example, with digital data transmission data signals are sent and received using the binary code.

Another example is for this page to be visible, all text, images, and other data was transferred over the Internet to your computer. For a file to appear on a USB drive, it must first be copied or moved from the hard drive to the USB drive.

How is information transferred on the Internet

Data can be transferred to and from computers over the Internet using one of following methods.


If a user wants to transfer or send data to the Internet, they upload that data. Online file storage, like a NAS or SAN, is often used to store uploaded data.


If a user wants to receive or pull data from the Internet, they download that data. The data is often downloaded from a NAS or SAN file storage system.

Receive and send

It's also possible for users to upload and download data to and from other computers directly over the Internet. Users can utilize peer-to-peer communication to transfer files directly between computers, bypassing a file storage system.

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