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Keeping synchronised folder structures

As probably many people in this forum, I work in a laptop and I have a network drive at work. The IT branch at work does not backup laptop or desktop computers but only the network drives. I obviously do not work all the time connected to the network.

I would like to receive suggestions of (hopefully cheap)  software that I can use (a couple of times a day) to automatically synchronise part of my laptop folder structure with my network drive. I don't want to backup to a compressed file, but keep the exact uncompressed folder structure in both laptop and network drive.

uncronopio
Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Robocopy is what I use:

http://www.ss64.com/nt/robocopy.html

anon
Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Beyond Compare by Scooter Software.

Mitch & Murray (from downtown)
Wednesday, January 07, 2004

SuperFlexible File Synchronizer

http://www.superflexible.com/

JR
Wednesday, January 07, 2004

I've setup backups for people using rsync. I don't know how well it deals with changes on both sides of the connection, but it could be handy. I am pretty sure there's a windows version out there somewhere, if that's what you're on.

Mike Swieton
Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Second Copy http://www.centered.com
Ncftpput http://www.ncftpd.com
Replicator http://www.karenware.com
Curl http://curl.haxx.se

etc.

Frederic Faure
Wednesday, January 07, 2004

If you're using Win2K (and I suppose XP too, but I don't know for sure), you have two built in options: One is the "Briefcase", which lets you syncrhonize manually, and the other is "Offline files", which synchronizes automatically, and actually maintains the name i.e. you access the same file names, but if the network is unavailable you access a local copy; When you reconnect, it resyncs everything.

Personally, I prefer maintaining a CVS repository (checking out of it on both the network drive and the laptop), and/or Rsync in such cases.

Ori Berger
Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Hi!

I just run xcopy source: target: /s /h /e /d /c

No need to use another software...

saludos desde Chile

//Jorge
Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Thanks for the suggestions. I tend to prefer something with a GUI over a command line solution. I'm not the only one with the problem, and some of the people have never seen a command line in their lives, so we would probably buy several copies.

I'll give two or three of them a try.

Saludos Jorge.

uncronopio
Wednesday, January 07, 2004

I can second a recommendation for Beyond Compare from Scooter Software.

Wade Winningham
Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Xcopy again:

You create a .bat file with the command and a link to that .bat in your desktop... you double-click and you're done

//Jorge
Wednesday, January 07, 2004

NT has this built in and has had it built in for years.

File | Make Available Offline. That's all ya need

Joel Spolsky
Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Joel, according to the W2K help system, offline files do not work when used in a Novell Netware Network (my case). I do not even have a "make available offline" bit in the menu.

uncronopio
Wednesday, January 07, 2004

I use FileSync from www.fileware.com Simple, fast.

sgf
Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Unison is  a free (GPL) file synchronizer that works on both Linux and Windows. It uses the rsync algorithm to reduce the amount of data that needs to be transmitted, and ssh to encrypt the connection.

I've used it to sync a Windows box and a Linux box. It used to have problems with non-ASCII characters in file names, but I believe that's been solved in recent versions.

Right now I use it to sync my laptop, my desktop workstation and my file server, all of them running Linux. It's great to be able to change files in all three places and have Unison always be able to tell what files need copying or deleting.

http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~bcpierce/unison/

Cow Orker
Thursday, January 08, 2004

Joel, My version of Second Copy has at six ways of doing the copy, simple copy, exact copy, move,  compress, exact compress, and  synchronize. There are also a skew of options for synchronize, depending on how you decide which is the master,  whether you overwrite files that are newer, and other options.

You get choices from the NT version as well, but it is very easy to get burned.

Stephen Jones
Thursday, January 08, 2004

I am also tending towards the conclusion that for the average office worker or professional, the safest thing to do is to keep a USB pen drive as the master, and back up from it to the other machines at the beginning and end of the session.

Stephen Jones
Thursday, January 08, 2004

But considering the amount of data people have today, a USB key rapidly shows its limits. For instance, we all backup our e-mail folder; Attachments are big enough to fill a USB key within a few weeks. On the other hand, hard drives are cheap :-)

BTW, if someone knows whether NCFTPPUT can only upload files that have changed...

Frederic Faure
Thursday, January 08, 2004

I've actually started archiving so the email folder gets small enough. Also if you take out attachements and store them somewhere else you can easily get it small enough.

I think there is a general rule that the amount of data you have always exceeds the storage capacity of the latest removeable media. I'll be getting a DVD writer in the next few weeks. but the data I back up will two-thirds fill it already.

I was suggesting the USB drive for documents you are curently working on plus your email store minus the archive folders. The problem with external hard drives is that they don't fit in the wallet, and you don't really want to be carrying them around everywhere. When you fal over on your face after the twentieth gin and tonic at the Christmas party you don't want all your data to fall with you.

Stephen Jones
Thursday, January 08, 2004

I have been using SmartSync Pro to syncronize my work PC and my Home PC. Works great and has a nice GUI front end.

http://www.smsync.com/

DJ
Thursday, January 08, 2004

XCOPY rocks!

Bob
Friday, April 16, 2004

Comparator Pro from SoftByte Labs.

Free to Try...

http://www.softbytelabs.com/Frames.html

Samuel Strachan
Tuesday, April 20, 2004

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