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Syncing a folder between 2 computers


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#1 Dr. Joe

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 01:03 PM

On my computer I have many large files that I would like to sync with my work computer. I was wondering if anyone knew of software that would basically let me create a folder on both computers that when I drag and drop a file in the folder on one computer it automatically syncs it with the folder on the other computer so that both folders have a copy. I know about dropbox which is pretty much exactly what I am looking for, but I dont want to use the cloud which dropbox makes you use. Is there something out there that is identical to dropbox but lets you turn off cloud storage and is free? Thanks.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 01:15 PM

There's tools like rsync, which synchronizes directories between two computers. The problem (that Dropbox solves) is that both computers must be turned on and ready to send/receive at the time of syncing. Rsync doesn't run automatically but you can create a scheduled task (Windows) or cronjob(Linux/Mac) that runs it periodically if you like.
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 01:21 PM

So correct me if I'm wrong. You want the ability to automagically synch a folder or folders that exist on two different computers without the use of "The Cloud"? I presume they are not networked in any way?
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 01:40 PM

I just looked up stuff about rsync, but it seems kind of complicated. I am a total retard when it comes to programming. I was looking for something as easy as dropbox just without the cloud or the ability to turn it off. And no, the computers are not on the same network.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:34 PM

Alright so I found Windows Live Mesh and it seems to do what I want it to do. Thanks.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:12 PM

Thank you for sharing your solution. I was completely unaware of this application due to the fact I still run XP.

For others who may read this topic and try this, be advised that it has OS limitations.

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Windows Live Mesh can be installed on computers running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and Mac OS X version 10.5 or later. It can't be installed on computers running Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Home Server version 1, or on PowerPC-based Mac computers.


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