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Best way to sync files between 2 PCs?

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    Best way to sync files between 2 PCs?


    So I just got off the phone with my dad, and he's been struggling mightily with his 2 home PCs (both notebooks) regarding file synchronization between the 2.

    A while back, I told him to give BitTorrent Sync a try (quite popular), but he's been noticing that a small portion of his files were not synchronizing correctly (they are on the same folder where other files were syncing properly, so what gives?), so he's having a lot of issues with that right now.

    So I had to ask eightforums.com about this, what's the best way to sync files between two PCs connected to the same network? and please, no cloud solutions.

    Thanks!.

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    Same network, drag and drop between the folders. I personally do not like it, due to there is a chance of failure. Your father really needs a NAS, to save stuff on, if he is going to be working at two different computers.

    My brother set up on his server rack space that he rents. A Owncloud server, that we all use to store data offsite to. Makes it easy for me to grab something out of my folder on my iPhone, when I need to send say a pdf by my myfax account, or need to pull it up to look at something.

    I do store stuff like system backups on my personal NAS on my network. But everything is automatic to the family cloud share.
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    OneDrive
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Same network, drag and drop between the folders. I personally do not like it, due to there is a chance of failure. Your father really needs a NAS, to save stuff on, if he is going to be working at two different computers.

    My brother set up on his server rack space that he rents. A Owncloud server, that we all use to store data offsite to. Makes it easy for me to grab something out of my folder on my iPhone, when I need to send say a pdf by my myfax account, or need to pull it up to look at something.

    I do store stuff like system backups on my personal NAS on my network. But everything is automatic to the family cloud share.
    Yeah a NAS solution would be the perfect scenario, but too costly IMO, and I don't think he really needs it though.

    Thanks for replying.

    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    OneDrive
    OneDrive uses the cloud, no?

    Gonna give it a go mate, will report back in a few days.

    Thanks. +rep
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    NAS's do not cost as much as you think. As for Cloud Drive options. Google is about the cheapest route, or even go with a Box.com account.
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    With a NAS, you aren't synchronizing the files, but rather storing them in 1 central location.

    If you want to sync between the two machines, you can just use robocopy. It's built right into Windows. Use the /mir switch and it synchronizes 2 diretories

    I've also use the Free File Sync Project on source forge. It's great for those who need a visual more than a command line utility. FreeFileSync | SourceForge.net
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    This has been available for years. I only use it once and awhile, but you might find it helpful.

    Download SyncToy 2.1 from Official Microsoft Download Center
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    Another one to try would be Laplink Pro, it is made just for the purpose of synching files.
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