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    Sync desk top with network hard drive

    I would like to sync my desk top hard drive with my hard drive attached direct to my router via USB. The computer is Windows 7 Home Premium. Can I sync the whole drive or just certain folders? The network drive is now accessible from my desktop and laptop.

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    WDH,

    Is the drive a data ONLY drive? If so, you could sync the entire drive if you wish using something like RoboCopy (my personal favorite and free). I have a RoboCopy batch file that is run by a Scheduled Task to sync my Data folders to a secondary internal drive every evening at 18:30 while I watch the evening news. I have another file that will sync to my NAS on demand. Of course I also Image the drive at least every 2 weeks! Can't be too careful you know. I would not attempt to try to sync System/Program Folders these should be Imaged IMHO.

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    There are GUI products as well, both free and paid. Here are a couple of freeware products.
    http://www.2brightsparks.com/downloads.html#freeware
    http://www.freefilesync.org/

    cheers, Paul

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    Paul,

    Right...I forgot to mention the RoboCopy GUI the article linked also mentions RichCopy which has a GUI. HTH
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    I think you mean "autobackup" rather than "synchronize" --
    * Autobackup means that a current backup of all specified folders is continually maintained.
    * Synchronize means that the contents of your desktop will always match the contents of your external drive / NAS.

    In the not too distant past, I used Memeo for this. I specified certain folders to be backed up; it did an initial backup of those folders; from that point forward, any changes to the contents of those folders were backed up, up to five versions. (I did three versions, to save disk space.)

    One thing I really liked about Memeo was that I could copy files directly out of the archive to my hard drive; they weren't in any special format.

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    I meant synchronize. I'm trying FreeFileSync. Seems to be doing ok. I'll sync both my desk top and laptop with my external network drive.





    Quote Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
    I think you mean "autobackup" rather than "synchronize" --
    * Autobackup means that a current backup of all specified folders is continually maintained.
    * Synchronize means that the contents of your desktop will always match the contents of your external drive / NAS.

    In the not too distant past, I used Memeo for this. I specified certain folders to be backed up; it did an initial backup of those folders; from that point forward, any changes to the contents of those folders were backed up, up to five versions. (I did three versions, to save disk space.)

    One thing I really liked about Memeo was that I could copy files directly out of the archive to my hard drive; they weren't in any special format.

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    You need to be careful when using sync that you don't delete files you need, e.g. deleting a document on your computer will also see it deleted from your NAS and if you don't have a backup....
    I prefer to copy/backup all data to an external drive, then if I really want something back I can.

    cheers, Paul

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    Have a look at Personal Backup.

    I don't use it myself, but have helped some customers with it who weren't confident with configuring the program.
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