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Best way to sync files between 2 PCs?


SlackerITGuy

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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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broe23

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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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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.

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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Another one to try would be Laplink Pro, it is made just for the purpose of synching files.
 

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