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adb to usb

i was wondering if there were some certain type of connector i could buy so i could transfer data to and from a 200mb flash drive using this certain type of connector

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What is the computer involved?
It may make more sense to use erasable CDs, ethernet or wireless.
If it's a desktop you could add a USB PCI card.

As far as I know there were only ADB (in) to USB (out) adapters made to allow the use of older peripherals with newer machines. The Griffin i-Mate for example. I don't believe anyone made a USB (in) to ADB (out) adapter.

ADB is probably slower than USB-1, not the thing you would want to use for data transfer.
That's why Macs used the serial port for printing.

USB-1 working speed is about 1.5 Mbps (megabits/sec)
ADB working speed is about 10 Kbps (kilobits /sec). So about 150 times slower than USB-1.
Not what you would want to use for data transfer.

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macintosh classic II....if i cannot find that i was wondering if there was maybe a adb to ethernet cable or something....heres the cables it includes:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/88/MacintoshClassi...

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Given the vast difference in speed between ADB and ethernet I doubt that ANYONE built an ADB to Ethernet device.

Your best bet is a ZIP drive connected to the SCSI port on this computer with a companion ZIP drive connected to the transfer computer.

Gary

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There were localtalk to ethernet bridges made.
Localtalk/Appletalk was a pre-ethernet protocol that ran via standard phone cable (phonenet).
We had a whole building at Brown that was connected via Appletalk/Phonenet.
http://www.asante.com/downloads/userManuals/ATALK_UM.pdf
One cable goes from the serial/modem port to the ethernet bridge and then you run a standard ethernet cable to your router.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appletalk
Or if your source computer has a serial port as well you could create a direct computer-to-computer localtalk network.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Farallon-PhoneNet-Plus-Network-Adapter-for-Apple...
If both computers have serial ports all you need is two phonenet adapters and a piece of phone cable.

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would this work?
http://www.amazon.com/Asante-Talk-Ethernet-LocalTalk-Bridge/dp/B00004VUFW

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Yes, if you have ethernet running.
We used to use them to connect SE-30s to HP Laser Printers.
But I'm sure you can find one for a few dollars on ebay.