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Looking for good, free file sync utility

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by Anakrino, Feb 2, 2007.

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  1. Anakrino

    Anakrino Thread Starter

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    Hello everyone,

    I'm looking for a utility to synchronize files between my laptop and desktop machines. Specifically I would like a utility that is free, easy to use, and runs in the background keeping the files in sync.

    The last few weeks I've been using a program called PowerFolder, but I'm having a lot of problems with it. Microsoft's SyncToy seems to work well, but it seems to copy files that don't really need to be copied and it doesn't run in the background.

    Thanks!
    Jacob
     
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    Karenware's Replicator

    Easy to setup and use.
     
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    SyncToy, right from Microsoft.
     
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    That's a bad thing. :p
     
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    This one looks pretty good. Looks like it will do what I'm wanting and I checked a few reviews--most are positive. I'll try it! :)

    Thanks!
    Jacob
     
  9. JohnWill

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    I prefer to do periodic scheduled backups with something like Cobian Backup, it's pretty rare that real-time backups a necessary.
     
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    I'm not really looking for backup purposes. I do a lot of switching off between my laptop and desktop and I want all my files in both places.
     
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    What do you mean, "a lot of switching"? Do you have both sitting there and swivel around and key on one, then move to the next one? I guess I can't see the need to have them synchronized "up to the minute".
     
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    I dont know much about the utility, but i have heard a skuzi setupcan do realtime backups/copies in the background and runs while the system is running and happens instantaneously. I am not sure how to do this as i never needed to use it.
     
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    We might be missing what he is asking for here-- I think what he is asking for is a synch utility that will compare the dates of identically named files and update to the newest version on each computer (so he always has the newest version in both places-- but can continue working on the file wherever he is.) If I am correct, a simple illustration would be like a writer writing a novel-- he works on it at home -desktop/update both- then he works on it at a remote location and updates when he returns home. That way he has all changes on both computers.

    Unfortunately, I don't have the experience with this kind of utility to make a recommendation.
    letchworth
     
  14. ljbirns

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    I use Good Sync to keep my e-mails and certain other files in sync between my office and my home computers. I use a flash drive to carry the files back and forth.
    Also FolderShare will keep folders in sync between computers over the internet.
    I too works very well

    http://www.goodsync.com/?a=1
    https://www.foldershare.com/

    Lew
     
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    Well even though it is designed for backup skuzi can keep two copies of things and update as things are done and runs 24/7. Unfortunately, im not sure how to set it up.
     
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