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    SyncToy v1.4

    I've just come across this new version 1.4 (dated 30 October 2006) of SyncToy.
    v1.4 is intended for Vista, but also supports Windows XP. (Whatever happened to 1.3?)

    Brief Description
    SyncToy helps you copy, move, rename, and delete files between folders and computers quickly and easily.

    John

    PS In practice, it doesn't seem any different from v1.2!
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    Re: SyncToy v1.4

    <hr>Whatever happened to 1.3?<hr>
    Maybe they follow the convention of even numbers for stable releases, and odd ones for work in progress.

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    Re: SyncToy v1.4

    Oh! I thought the stable ones were the prime numbers greater than 7...!

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    Re: SyncToy v1.4

    <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> It's just as likely a theory!

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    Re: SyncToy v1.4

    For want of a better home, and having read <post:=622,712>post 622,712</post:> ....

    I have a laptop computer in my home office, a flash drive, and a desktop computer at the client site.
    I'm configuring SyncToy 1.4.0.00 to keep track of documents that I edit in both places. Right now I am experimenting with a set of 15 training documents hyperlinked from a main document, making 16 documents in all.
    The original documents were scattered across three folders "C:GreavesTrainingPresentationsPowerpnt", "C:GreavesTrainingSpreadsheetsExcel" and "C:GreavesTrainingWordProcessingWord97".

    I found that two major actions helped me greatly:
    (1) a sheet of paper and a pencil to diagram what I wanted
    (2) the Preview option in SyncToy.

    My goal is to be able to carry these 16 documents to and fro, and to work on them at both sites.
    My paper diagram had the client desktop (H: as they call it), my home laptop (C: as I think of it), and a flash drive (E: ) sitting between H: and C:. My E: is the vehicle which communicates between H: and C:.

    I read the Office Watch article and realised that I had to create TWO folder pairs, one between H: and E: and one between E: and C:. The H:/E: pair will have to wait until Wednesday when I get to work. I'll have to install SyncToy on the client site, I'll be bound. I suspect it won't run from my memory stick, but I've not tried that yet.

    I created a folder pair between E:Greaves and C:Greaves and tried "Combine", believing this to be a 'safe' version of Synchronize - with no deletions or renames. The preview option told me that 27,467 operations were about to be performed, and suggested that I turn off the progress display! Thank heavens for that warning. Combine might be safe, but it's not what I want here. I deleted the folder pair!

    "Subscribe" and "Contribute" appear to be the two options required. I set up two folder pairs ( E:Greaves and C:Greaves), one called LaptopSubscribe and one called LaptopContribute; LaptopSubscribe sends files towards the memory stick E:, while LaptopContribute sends files to the laptop from the memory stick. I may have got my labels back to front, but a preview and run on each seemed to do what I want, and what was laid out in my paper diagram.

    On Wednesday I'll set up two folder pairs on the client's machine, ClientSubscribe and ClientContribute, and the four folder pairs should enable me to maintain up to date copies of my 16 documents as I shuttle between sites.

    I am hoping that SyncToy makes more sense than Briefcase ever did (to me).

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    Re: SyncToy v1.4

    I've used SyncBack to back up over a LAN to a CD+RW on another PC, and it seems to work fine. Its <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ness is also an advantage.

    <img src=/S/whisper.gif border=0 alt=whisper width=29 height=17> You might want to get rid of the prefixed "http:// " from your link, though!

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    Re: SyncToy v1.4

    Edited by HansV to get rid of extra http:// and spaces in link.

    Hope I'm not jumping in too late, but if SyncToy does not work out, you might want to look at SyncBack. There's a free version that's worked well for me. It's very customizable. I use it to do both sync and backup between local and net drives, so I don't know why it wouldn't work for your flash drive scenario too.

    http://www.2brightsparks.com/downloads.html#freeware

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    Re: SyncToy v1.4

    > you might want to look at SyncBack.
    Thanks. I have d/l a copy for perusal.
    I had already toyed with the idea of using SyncToy to effect a backup, but have my own DOS batch system that fires up across the LAN at first boot of the day.
    I note that SyncBack has a scheduler. That might come in handy. I could see my way to effecting a backup from the Laptop to the Big Beige Box every, say, 6 hours, and then letting the BBB run its backups without accessing the laptop in real time. (The BBB owns two huge backup drive sof 300G and 400G respectively)

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