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data transfer[′dad·ə ′tranz·fər]
The technique used by the hardware manufacturer to transmit data from computer to storage device or from storage device to computer; usually under specialized program control.
data transfer(1) Copying data from a storage device to memory.
(2) Copying data from one computer to another. When a network is used, data are technically "transmitted" over the network, rather than transferred; however, the terms transfer and transmit are used synonymously.