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#1 ultimate99


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Posted 08 August 2008 - 14:30

I have a usb external hd that I'll use as a backup for my work I do on both desktop and laptop, what's a good software to automatically synchronize the stuff I want?

Should I create a folder on the desktop and laptop and let the app copy that folder to the external hd?

#2 vetdreamz


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Posted 08 August 2008 - 14:55

i use robocopy with the '/mir' switch to synchronize. i wrote this up in a batch file, so all i do is double-click it to back up. it's fast and simple.

a lot of people use syncback or synctoy.

#3 Joey992



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Posted 10 August 2008 - 15:03

I like SyncToy

#4 anonymous_user



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Posted 10 August 2008 - 16:42

For syncing I tend to use Karen's Replicator.

SyncBack (free version) also works well.

#5 +goretsky


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 08:21

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I am using 2BrightSparks SyncBackSE exactly for this purpose. My data partition is synchronizeed to an external hard disk drive at the end of a computing session on my desktop or notebook, and then when I start using the next computer, I synchronize its data with the external hard disk drive before working with any data.

A while ago, I wrote a message on a mailing list discussing the process in more detail, along with some of the other backup methods I use. The message is archived here.


Aryeh Goretsky

Edited by goretsky, 04 November 2012 - 08:27.