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#1 Rockrz

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 20:44

Since switching to Win 7, I had to get an FTP prog that works with Win 7 so I've been using the free version of IPSwitch WS_FTP LE and I noticed that the free license is going to expire in about a year and then I guess they are going to want me to buy a licesne which I think is around $55

So, if I'm going to have to eventually buy a license for an FTP program, I'd like to find on that allows me to decide where the program data folder is saved.

I use Acronis and frequently I'll roll my system back to a previous time so I'd like to have an FTP program that enables me to save all the sites I've setup over on my D Drive which is where I keep my data (I don't save anything to My Documents on my C Drive)

Anybody know of an FTP program that has this feature?


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Posted 09 December 2012 - 20:50

FileZilla is free and you can setup and save / export>import all your sites / servers

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 20:51

Another vote for filezilla!

#4 OP Rockrz

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 00:38

OK, so how would it work...

Would I be able to tell FileZilla that the folder for saving data is say D:/My Documents/Websites/FTP Data ?
This is what I had in mind where I could set it and forget it so when I add another website, it will automatically
be in the data folder where I have already designated.

Or, would I have to manually export the data to the folder of my choice?

Just trying to get a feel for how this one would work. Thanks.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 00:50

OK, so how would it work...

Would I be able to tell FileZilla that the folder for saving data is say D:/My Documents/Websites/FTP Data ?
This is what I had in mind where I could set it and forget it so when I add another website, it will automatically
be in the data folder where I have already designated.

Or, would I have to manually export the data to the folder of my choice?

Just trying to get a feel for how this one would work. Thanks.


If you installed FileZilla to D:/My Documents/Websites/FTP Data then if you had to reinstall windows, everything 'should' be exactly as it was next time you launch it

I have never tried that, so to be on the safe side, before reinstalling windows, file > export to your D:/My Documents/Websites/FTP Data dir would be the best bet

Everytime I reinstall windows I just export the settings and site data, then import once windows is reinstalled and everything is back to normal

Same way 'MozBackup' works for firefox profiles


EDIT - Untested, but this could possibly be the option you're looking for

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#6 Cute James

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 00:57

Another vote for Filezilla.

I would also recommend using the PortableApps version.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 01:02

Another vote for Filezilla.

I would also recommend using the PortableApps version.


Does FileZilla save all the data in the install dir ?

If so, the portable version would be perfect to just drop in the wanted dir and forget about it, although getting updates for it would be a pain

#8 Cute James

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 01:09

Yes, the 'self contained' nature of PortableApps (i.e. all config files stored in the app folder instead of the registry and elsewhere) is one of the reasons I prefer them to the 'official' versions.

Also, the update process is handled automatically from the PortableApps Platform. I run it once a week or so and am informed of any updates to the programmes I use, while for every day use I just run the application directly. This applies to Chrome, Firefox, Thunderbird, IrfanView, Filezilla, and a handful of other tools - even though I run them from C:\ and not a USB stick. I cannot even remember the last time I downloaded a new version of Filezilla from the official website, as the PortableApps Platform keeps everything up to date for me. ;)

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 01:10

Yes, the 'self contained' nature of PortableApps (i.e. all config files stored in the app folder instead of the registry and elsewhere) is one of the reasons I prefer them to the 'official' versions.

Also, the update process is handled automatically from the PortableApps Platform. I run it once a week or so and am informed of any updates to the programmes I use, while for every day use I just run the application directly. This applies to Chrome, Firefox, Thunderbird, IrfanView, Filezilla, and a handful of other tools - even though I run them from C:\ and not a USB stick. I cannot even remember the last time I downloaded a new version of Filezilla from the official website, as the PortableApps Platform keeps everything up to date for me. ;)


Sounds like the perfect solution then, nice one :)

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 01:42

OK, so where does one download the "PortableApps version"

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 01:47

OK, so where does one download the "PortableApps version"


http://portableapps....ezilla_portable

#12 OP Rockrz

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 05:10

Wow, I'd better stick with the regular version... the latest portabile version is from May 7th, 2006.

I guess I could try it, but I'm kinda leary on using software that hasn't been updated for over 6 years....

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:29

Wow, I'd better stick with the regular version... the latest portabile version is from May 7th, 2006.

I guess I could try it, but I'm kinda leary on using software that hasn't been updated for over 6 years....


where did you see that? https://i.minus.com/iDRxB26nI2PsE.png

#14 threetonesun

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 12:24

Wow, I'd better stick with the regular version... the latest portabile version is from May 7th, 2006.

I guess I could try it, but I'm kinda leary on using software that hasn't been updated for over 6 years....


Date added: 2012-11-29

Hasn't even been six weeks. :laugh:

#15 OP Rockrz

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 16:23

I went to http://portableapps....version_history
which shows the version history, and it appears that the last update was
back in 2006

But, the front page does say it is currently Version 3.6.0.2 so
maybe they just haven't updated their version page.

Also, does this program automatically detect file types
like IPSwitch WS_FTP LE ?