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    Synchronizing files (Windows XP Pro)

    I have a client who wants to synchronize some of the files on his Tablet PC with the files on his desktop computer. Both are running XP Pro. I say "some files," but it's a huge directory tree of about 4-8 GBs of files. The directory structures already exist on both computers. What he wants to do is (1) copy any files with more current dates on the desktop to the Tablet PC, including files that don't exist yet on the Tablet PC and (2) do the reverse (newer files from Tablet PC to the desktop). The second item is not as crucial to him at this time.

    He was looking at the My Briefcase feature to accomplish this, but it appears that you must initiate the process by copying all files from the primary computer to the secondary one, and he doesn't want to recopy it all, especially since the latest copy is not necessarily on the primary computer.

    Can someone point us in the right direction in regard to how to accomplish the synchronization? The important keys are (1) he wants to avoid copying all the files again, (2) there needs to be no limit to the size/number of files synchronized, (3) the directory structure must be maintained, (4) currently, the directory trees may not be 100% identical (it was originally copied from one computer to the other, but new folders may have been created on one and not on the other), and (5) the synchronization process needs to be done by specifying the top folder in the tree--it would not be practical to mark specific files for synchronization.

    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    - Linda

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    Re: Synchronizing files (Windows XP Pro)

    Linda

    How amazing to have someone give a clear and precise description of what they need! <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23>

    Personally, being a Command Line Enthusiast, I would use either ROBOCOPY (the XP version) or XXCOPY, both of which will just copy what's needed - the new or updated files. You may need to beware of "mirroring", because that simply makes the target identical to the source, and you want to be able to update "in both directions", if you see what I mean!. Each program has an option which allows you to see what would happen if you really did the copy.

    If you've gone all GUI, I've also heard that "Karen's Replicator" does a good job, but I've never used it.

    John
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    Re: Synchronizing files (Windows XP Pro)

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    Linda:

    I have have pleased with FileSync. I use it to synch between two different desktops and a laptop.

    Good luck.

    Lanny Liebeskind

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    Re: Synchronizing files (Windows XP Pro)

    Thank you, Lanny and John, for these suggestions! I passed them on to my client, and he's going to try at least one. You made me look good! (I did give you proper credit, but it still makes me look good!)

    John, sincere thanks for your applause regarding my description of the issue. I often think I'm going into too much detail, so your praise is most appreciated.

    - Linda

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