Well, if you've actually opened up a modern laptop to replace the hard drive, you may find a lot of them take a lot of work and time to remove and replace the drive! Many of the newer models have abandoned the idea of swapping memory, disks, or batteries. Last time I replaced the drive in my Asus laptop, it was about a 45 minute job.How about cracking open the laptop, move the hard drive to the desktop & file copy between the two. You're now moving data at bus speed. No network stuff to deal with.