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Synchronize folders to maintain exact copy of data on two different machines

Consider these scenarios:

  • You are a writer who is working in a set of folders on a machine and at the end of the day have to ensure that the work is uploaded to the team’s network drive.
  • You have two different machines at work. At the end of the day your work files are spread across both devices.

A close friend says, “I need to many times answer urgent customer mails from home, I need to access some documents which lie on office servers. I occasionally copy those docs to my laptop but I am not always updated. Had tried windows inbuilt features for these but are not really easy to use. This utility can help me there. I will have an updated copy of all important office folders in my laptop. […]”.

So how do you maintain an exact copy of data on two different machines?

There are many synchronization software available on the net — some are free and some are paid for.

The one that I use everyday is FullSync. I prefer FullSync for its simple interface, advanced options to script a little, if one wants to, and good scheduling options. Also multiple profiles can be created for different folders and different types of syncing (like, 2-way sync, exact copy of source, 1-way publish, and so on).

Just define a source and a destination and select the type of syncing you wish to do. If you want to exclude some files or folders you can define that too using advanced rules. Below is a screenshot of a profile that keeps my blogpost-related files in sync.

A profile in FullSync for synching files across different machines

A profile in FullSync for syncing a specific folder

Schedule it for recurring syncs if you want the sync to occur at a specific time once, daily, weekly, or monthly. See how easy it is to specify a scheduled task.

Scheduling options in a FullSync profile

Scheduling options in a FullSync profile

It’ll take care of the updated files, the deleted files, and the newly created files and folders.

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  1. Pingback: More file syncing software to keep your data updated on different machines « Technical writers' tool kit

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