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I'm looking for a program that will sync my files between my desktop and laptop. I don't need any "cloud" space, just sync the the specific folders I want and have them monitored, so if I add a file on my laptop, it will automatically add the file to my desktop. I've been using Windows Live Mesh, but I just want to know if there's anything better. Mesh works okay, it's just a little finicky sometimes, and occasionally starts hogging all the CPU, so I have to kill the process and restart it. Any suggestions? Thanks
post #2 of 9
Will your desktop and laptop be staying on the same network or do you need the files synced remotely as well?
post #3 of 9
Noticed you mentioned mesh already, nevermind
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Dropbox is great, but only allows you to keep one folder synced.
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Originally Posted by TEntel View Post

Dropbox is great, but only allows you to keep one folder synced.

Yeah, I looked into that, but I have multiple folders i want to sync/back up
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Will your desktop and laptop be staying on the same network or do you need the files synced remotely as well?

Remotely. I'm leaving for deployment soon, and especially want to be able to sync my music, pictures, etc folders from my laptop for the wife and kid back home on the desktop.


Thanks for the help, guys
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Windows Live Mesh use to be called FolderShare before Microsoft bought it and it use to be pretty good, not sure how it is today. One issue you are going to run into is upload speeds. I'm sure how much data you plan on syncing once you are deployed but if it is a good amount, you might have some issues with the sync running slow. You might want to check out SyncBackSE. It will sync both of your computers using FTP. It also supports encryption if you need to encrypt any of the data. It has a free trial, otherwise it costs 35 dollars to purchase. Check it out here
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Originally Posted by DoubleOhAlex View Post

Windows Live Mesh use to be called FolderShare before Microsoft bought it and it use to be pretty good, not sure how it is today. One issue you are going to run into is upload speeds. I'm sure how much data you plan on syncing once you are deployed but if it is a good amount, you might have some issues with the sync running slow. You might want to check out SyncBackSE. It will sync both of your computers using FTP. It also supports encryption if you need to encrypt any of the data. It has a free trial, otherwise it costs 35 dollars to purchase. Check it out here

that looks pretty good. Looks like it has a lot more options and control over how to sync. I think I might try it out. Thanks!
post #8 of 9
No problem. Good luck!
post #9 of 9
Well, you could keep multiple folders elsewhere on the drive, and then link them to the Dropbox folder with ntfs junctions.
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