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    sharing computers

    I use 2 comps depending on what time of the day. Has any one got a software solution to copying
    all current files from one comp to the other. At the moment all I do is copy one main folder with all files
    I might access to the other which takes a few minutes. Just wondering if there was a quicker solution

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    Re: sharing computers

    Some more info will help you get a useful answer.

    Are the PCs connected? If so how?

    What OS (Operating Systems)?

    How are you copying the files now?

    And anything else you think of that may prove useful.
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    Re: sharing computers

    "Copying all current files" needs just a little bit more definition, I would say!

    Provided one computer can readily access the hard drive of the other, you could look at a couple of utilities for synchronising/mirroring directories and files:
    ROBOCOPY from Microsoft, via the XP Resource Kit (don't use the NT or 2K versions)
    XXCOPY from the XXCOPY website - but beware the breathtakingly-large number of switches/options!

    Alternatively set up a BATch file to copy all new or updated files (see my first sentence) to a USB hard disk/flash memory/pen drive on the source computer, then take it to the target computer and upload the new or updated files there. May cost a few hundred $ for a 512 MB or 1 GB version, though.

    There's also the "Files and Settings Transfer Wizard" in XP, for which you need a crossover/"Laplink"/"Direct Cable Connect" cable between the two PCs - slow and fairly horrible.

    It would be so much easier if you just had the one computer, of course!...
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    Re: sharing computers

    sorry about lack of info. Here goes then 1 comp olny 240 mhz running win98se and a laptop 1.2 ghz running
    win xp . As I use both comp I have my files saved in a dir with subfolders. As sometimes the comp are not
    running at the same time I usually copy main dir from one comp(networked thru hub) to the other and if i
    am going to shift to other comp just copy main dir from one comp to the other. As this takes several mins
    I thought there might have been a program that only copies the files if they have been changed thus making
    the process quicker
    Thnks for replies and will look into your suggestions and report back

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    Re: sharing computers

    Well, there's this oft recommended from Karen Kenworthy's Powertools. I've linked to her full list so scroll down to REPLICATOR, as that's the one you want and, they're all <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>

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    Re: sharing computers

    Both ROBOCOPY and XXCOPY can be set to copy only new or changed files. I'm not faimiliar with Big Al's suggestion, but undoubtedly it will do the same thing.

    They all follow the motto "The best way to optimise something is not to do it!" (unnecessarily, that is...)
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    Re: sharing computers

    Given this situation (networked computers), why not make your documents folder shared and available from one machine or the other? I used this solution on my mini-LAN at my previous job, which required me to work on several different test platforms with the same data sets. At home, I point all other computers that I use to the My Documents folder, which is shared from my main workstation.

    A huge benefit to this is that you are not wasting time and introducing errors in a copy process. In fact, you are not introducing another process at all. You would simply be changing a file location, and simplifying things.
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    Re: sharing computers

    I suppose logically this would be the best solution as if i was copying from one to the other I would have to have both machines turned on.
    So I might as well just use the one machine(laptop) and only use the other machine as backup. Will investigate other solutions though
    as I haven't really decided on way to use machines as we share the computers at home and sometimes not all machines are turned on.
    Thanks to yours and others replies and will report on how I find the other solutions work.

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    Re: sharing computers

    Robocopy is a FANTASTIC proggy.
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    Re: sharing computers

    just reporting in on what I have done (or not done properly lol)

    I downloaded and installed xxcopy and set up a batch file to copy dir and files

    which reads xxcopy c:dir name comp namecdir name /BI /S

    also set batch file using just xcopy

    which reads xcopy c:dir name comp namecdir name /D /S

    Using xxcopy took 6 mins 53 secs from start to finish
    Using xcopy took 6 mins 25 secs from start to finish
    using windows copy dir name to other comp took 6 mins 19 secs

    My question is have i set the options right and do I have unrealistic expectations of copying files quicker

    thanks for all your help

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