How to sync folders of two HD in one computer

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rysz

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Oooo wise ones !

Have two hard drives with XP on one and W7 on the second. How to sync some of my pictures folders, videos folders, note pads ? on both hard drives ?


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OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+, x86 Family 15 Model 43 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3070 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 229765 MB, Free - 44373 MB; D: Total - 8690 MB, Free - 413 MB; J: Total - 99 MB, Free - 75 MB; K: Total - 476837 MB, Free - 427069 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTek Computer INC., NAGAMI
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Why not just change the path of one of the operating systems to the other's documents/pictures/music/etc folders? Then they both can use the same folders and no syncing is required. It's easier to do with Windows 7 than in XP so you may want to use this approach: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/windows7/Redirect-a-folder-to-a-new-location
That same method works for Pcitures, Music, Videos, etc in Windows 7.

It also appears you have additional partitions, in that case you may want to move the data completely off the partitions that house your Windows installations onto a dedicated data partition. In that case I'd suggest moving the My Documents folder from Windows XP first and then doing the changes in Windows 7 to that new location. In Windows XP the My Pictures/Music/Videos folders are inside My Documents unlike in Windows 7 where each is it's own folder. Move XP My Documents: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310147
 

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Thank you Rob,
Not sure you understand I have an original XP on original HD (6 years old) then second HD with W7.
I want identical files and folders on both. I work sometime in XP and sometime in W7.
I do not have additional partitions and do not want it.
 

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Sorry I was going by the TSG System Info you posted that showed 4 drive letters so I assumed you had more then just the two drives/partitions, I'm now guessing that the last drive is an external drive then?

The method above however works perfectly between two drives, partitions, external drives(although not recommended), or network drives and avoids all the hassles of 'syncing'. It allows you to have one working copying of the data that's always the same when accessed from any OS.
 

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Now I am looking at info utility and see I have C,D,J,K what the heck is that ? looks like K is w7 and C IS XP but not sure. Looks like WD Passport is here but why ? is not connected to the computer !
also recovery partition is there.
Why the values are in MB in your Info Utility ? it is very hard to read which hard drive is which.
 

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I do not want ONE working copy I want two (on both systems).
 

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You can refer to those drive letters in My Computer to see which drives are which. To convert from MB to GB, divide by 1024(or 1000 for ease).

There's several sync utilities available free on the web, you can look at AllwaySync, SyncBack, FreeFileSync, Synchredible, plus tons of other ones: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_file_synchronization_software Any of them will copy/sync files for you depending on what you need.
 

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Yes but which sync is best for my situation. Any other expert ?
 
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I've tried a lot of sync and backup programs and the one I like the best is SyncBack. It's very easy to setup and use.
 
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