Windows 10: Good tools for syncing to another PC?

Discus and support Good tools for syncing to another PC? in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; I use a (large heavy) laptop for my main home system. In the past I used a smaller laptop for frequent business travel, and I used a sync program to... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by garyfritz, Dec 29, 2017.

  1. garyfritz Win User

    Good tools for syncing to another PC?


    I use a (large heavy) laptop for my main home system. In the past I used a smaller laptop for frequent business travel, and I used a sync program to keep the travel laptop up to date with important files (work files, Thunderbird email state, things like that). I would sync main -> travel laptop before a trip, then sync travel -> main when I got back (to store and retain the changes I made while on the road) and put the travel laptop back in its travel case until the next trip.

    That was kind of klunky but it worked well. I haven't done it for several years because the smaller laptop died and I never bothered to replace it. Now I've just bought a new and feather-light (comparatively anyway) laptop and I need to decide how to handle it: keep the portly laptop in my home office and take the svelte new laptop with me on the road? Or just retire the porker and use the new laptop as my new do-everything system? Or something else, if y'all have a better suggestion? The new laptop is has the same RAM, more SSD, and is faster than the old laptop, so it doesn't HAVE to be just a travel laptop.

    In the past I used FreeFileSync, a folder comparison and synchronization tool to sync my systems. Free File Synchronization, Backup, Data Replication, PC Sync Software, Freeware, File Sync, Data Synchronization Software | Allway Sync – File Synchronization That Works and File Sync & Backup Software | GoodSync look similar. Should I use one of these tools like I did before, or is there a better solution? Note that I don't want an always-synced setup (I think?) -- I want to move from one active laptop to another, and back again. I don't think I want to try to sync the travel laptop back to the home laptop dynamically, since that might place a lot of load on iffy airport/hotel/etc wifi connections. It also seems like it would open security concerns. But it would be really handy to just grab the small laptop any time I wanted a computer outside of my office. Maybe the best way to do that it just to have it be my ONLY computer.

    :)
     
    garyfritz, Dec 29, 2017
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  2. E90 without email sync to Lotus Notes?

    Many thanks for this "bad" news.

    This means I have to find another tool to sync my mails.

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    Michael
     
    roxette---01, Dec 29, 2017
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    Circus_Alchemist, Dec 29, 2017
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  4. dmholt57 Win User

    Good tools for syncing to another PC?

    If you were happy using freefilesync and it worked for you, go back to it, seems to do what I tell it to do. *Nerd
     
    dmholt57, Dec 29, 2017
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  5. clam1952 Win User
    Just watch the bundled junk with FreeFileSync, plus defender quarentined the last update before I had a chance to decline the junk! said it contained Open Candy. Create Synchronicity (free) works well about as fast as FreeFileSync, Microsoft's Sync Toy works well but a bit slow. Been testing a few out.

    Used FreeFileSync for years, not too happy that they are now bundling rubbish with it though.
     
    clam1952, Dec 30, 2017
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  6. Samuria Win User
    Its so much simplier than all that save files to Google drive or onedrive have the apps on both machines and thats it it will sysnc all on its own no need to mess about and it gives you 33 gig of storage and you can get your files anywhere in the world
     
    Samuria, Dec 30, 2017
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  7. RolandJS Win User
    I finally simply got FreeFileSync pay-for version for all three computers; best small monies ever spent! No more rubbish, rather, auto-updates now. FreeFileSync works very well for me now.
     
    RolandJS, Dec 30, 2017
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  8. garyfritz Win User

    Good tools for syncing to another PC?

    Yes, I figured someone would suggest that. But I often synced gigabytes of data back & forth, and I don't want to do that over a net connection. A one-step "sync home -> travel" operation (or reverse) is simple, and I don't have to worry about it syncing without my knowledge and maybe going the wrong direction. Maybe the Google/etc sync tools are smart enough for that to work transparently... not sure. I'm willing to be educated / convinced if that's really the best answer.

    Didn't realize there WAS a pay version. I guess that's the "donation" option. I'll do that if I decide to use FFS.
     
    garyfritz, Dec 30, 2017
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  9. RolandJS Win User
    I forgot to mention FFS's pay-for version is paid for through...drumroll...donation section; Gary, thanks for the reminder. *Smile
     
    RolandJS, Dec 30, 2017
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  10. clam1952 Win User
    Unfortunately the donation only lasted for a few months then it goes back to bundled rubbish again, I got one automatic update then it reverted again, gave up on that and just watch out for the tick boxes! Might get another donation next year from me not every couple of months though!.
     
    clam1952, Dec 30, 2017
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  11. RolandJS Win User
    Thanks for the heads-up, clam! I will be watching closely my pay-fors over here.
     
    RolandJS, Dec 31, 2017
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  12. garyfritz Win User
    OK, it sounds like other than @Samuria, everybody seems to think my spit-and-baling-wire solution is the best way to do this. Thanks folks!
     
    garyfritz, Jan 1, 2018
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  13. Tony K Win User

    Good tools for syncing to another PC?

    If these are both Windows 10 laptops and used for business, then I agree with Samuria. Hopefully these drives are encrypted and with using OneDrive there couldn't be a easier more carefree way of maintaining the systems within the MS environ.

    My 2c anyway.
     
    Tony K, Jan 1, 2018
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  14. garyfritz Win User
    They are both W10. I use them both for business (and personal), but not in a corporate environment. It's just my one-man business.
     
    garyfritz, Jan 4, 2018
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  15. garyfritz Win User
    Ugh. I decided to use GoodSync because FreeFileSync had a few things that annoyed me. So I synced all my data and started using the new laptop, and then I realized many files and folders were somehow "unaccessible." Couldn't open them with editors or any other file-access tool. Can't browse into most folders. Folders have the Read-Only flag set (with a "square" in the Read-Only box, not a check) but I can't clear it. I asked GoodSync support for help, and the closest I got to an answer was "Just clear all the read-only flags." No, I don't want to throw away the security information -- and I can't anyway. "That's Windows' fault, it controls the permissions." Funny, "Windows" didn't do this when I used FreeFileSync.

    For some reason SOME files/folders are accessible, and I've been using Thunderbird & other things for a few days. Now I'm going to have to extract those changes from the new laptop -- and hope GoodSync doesn't corrupt my source data too -- and start over with FreeFileSync. Not impressed.
     
    garyfritz, Apr 5, 2018
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