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File Synchronisation with Windows XP Home

Andrew
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Registered: 15-08-2007

File Synchronisation with Windows XP Home

I have a Laptop running WinXP Home edition and a PC running Win98 and have wasted a considerable amount of time trying to set up "offline" files and synchronisation. I want to use the Laptop as a dynamic backup of the important data on the PC as well as my mobile work tool. I have sucessfully created a home network and even (with a little help from another post - thanks Barry) got internet connection sharing up and running.
Although non of the help files, or promotional stuff mention this I discovered yesterday on the Microsoft website that I need the Pro edition of XP to enable offline files. Has anyone got any suggestions that do not involve me buying an upgrade to the operating system I bought 2 weeks ago?

Andrew
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File Synchronisation with Windows XP Home

Depends on how much windows/explorer integration you want/need.

I think windows Briefcase may still do what you want it to do. Put the briefcase on the lappy, and drag your files/folders from the server into it. Work on the copies in the briefcase, then right-click and select "update all" when you want to synchronise. It works, but I don't know if I'd trust my life to it.

If you're happy enough to use .cmd files, your options include:

"robocopy" works a treat. It's a Microsoft NT product (I think it's in the NT 4.0 resource kit) so it's not free - but you will find people have put it on their own FTP servers.

robocopy srcfolder destfolder /e /purge


XXCOPY is excellent but may not be free for the purposes you intend to use it (http://www.xxcopy.com, IIRC).

rsync (http://rsync.samba.org)is free, reliable and very, very efficient. I use it to mirror files between NT server and XP home over t'internet. You're probably better off using cygwin (http://cygwin.com) than native builds, but that takes a lot more setting up.

Hope that helps(!)

[Moderators note (by Thomas): Surplus "code" UBBC tag removed.]
Andrew
Grafter
Posts: 72
Registered: 15-08-2007

Ta

Thanks for the info and advice. I spent some time reading the blurb on the links you posted and have now got a copy of the PC on the laptop with an incremental backup script that takes about 20 mins to do 6Gig.

Not quite the solution I had in mind when I set out on this mission, but it does what I wanted!

I'll keep a look out for M$ releasing an upgrade to Home edition that includes off line files - I'm not holding my breath.
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file synchronisation

may be a bit late in replying but i use filesync,( www.filesync.com, i think,) works great copying files between two networked pcs 1 running win 98 and 1 xp but with a 2nd drive set to fat,(acts as backup to primary pc) shareware but only costs £11, very fast and easy