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    Directory synchronization

    What does everyone use to synchronize directories between their laptop and desktop? I know I can do it simply by using xcopy, but I prefer a slightly more interactive approach. I have certain folders that I like to keep sync'ed between the two, and want to be able to set include and exclude filters and see what matches and what doesn't. Automation might be nice too.

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    Re: Directory synchronization

    I just use online folders. This doesn't have a lot of sophistication in terms of filters, but it does what I need.

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    Re: Directory synchronization

    You could look at Microsoft's SyncToy GUI utility, but it will simply synchronise folder pairs between two PCs. It does let you preview what it is going to do, enabling you to deselect what you wish to leave alone.

    Otherwise you may be looking at command-line tools like Microsoft's RoboCopy, or XXCOPY, which are very flexible but you need to know what you want done before you ask one of them to do it...
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    Re: Directory synchronization

    You might try Goodsync, which is FREE and rates five stars and five cows.

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    Re: Directory synchronization

    I use and like BeInSync ( http://www.beinsync.com ), which has both a free and a paid version (or did the last time I looked). I liked it enough that I bought a lifetime license.

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    Re: Directory synchronization

    hey John I beg to differ about that. If you use the preview it will show you what it is going to do and you can uncheck anything that you don't want it to sync.
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    Re: Directory synchronization

    So what part of
    You could look at Microsoft's SyncToy GUI utility, but it will simply synchronise folder pairs between two PCs. It does let you preview what it is going to do, enabling you to deselect what you wish to leave alone.
    do you disagree with?!
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    Re: Directory synchronization

    I've tried a dozen or so now, and I have found only two that I like: Heatsoft Advanced Directory Comparison and Synchronization and Goodsync. Heatsoft ADCS has software activation required <img src=/S/aflame.gif border=0 alt=aflame width=16 height=16> , so that is a no go. Thanks for the tip on Goodsync! <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>

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