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.
Robocopy is what I use:
Beyond Compare by Scooter Software.
Mitch & Murray (from downtown)
SuperFlexible File Synchronizer
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.
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.
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 can second a recommendation for Beyond Compare from Scooter Software.
NT has this built in and has had it built in for years.
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.
I use FileSync from www.fileware.com Simple, fast.
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.
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.
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.
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 :-)
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 have been using SmartSync Pro to syncronize my work PC and my Home PC. Works great and has a nice GUI front end.
Comparator Pro from SoftByte Labs.
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