This may not be a problem for many people but folder syncing can be an issue, especially if you are like me, who has work spread out over at least three computers; one at home, one at the office, and a mobile computer (laptop/tablet/phablet). This is not to mention the syncing of work to online resources like Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft’s OneDrive (formerly known as SkyDrive before an injuction by Sky Media in the UK put an end to that – Microsoft should fire the guy who came up with that name as clearly they have no research capabilities) – so that should one by any chance not be at one of their computers but has access to an online machine, they can still get access to their work.
I scoured the web searching for useful solutions to this conundrum and here are the applications I have ended up installing on my computers – in a bid to keep my folders up to date most of the time.
1. Descychronize (http://dimio.altervista.org/eng/)
This is a cool little application whose best feature as far as I am concerned is it real time sync feature. My Current setup is a local backup of my documents on a second partition of drive plus having them sycned to Google Drive and OneDrive (dropbox’s 2GB simply wont cut it) – and a network drive (when connected to home or office network). This little application ensures that my local backup is up to date in real time – as the installed online services work their magic in pushing my content online. Unfortunately, it does not work too well with Network drives that are password protected. For that, I have another solution.
2. SyncToy 2.1 (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=15155)
SyncToy 2.1 is a free application that synchronizes files and folders between locations. Typical uses include sharing files, such as photos, with other computers and creating backup copies of files and folders. This works like a charm on Network Drives and such. No worries if all your computers are running Windows. And it can be scheduled. 🙂
But what to do when not all your computers are windows based – my desktops run on linux…
3. Synkron (http://synkron.sourceforge.net/)
This is a cross-platform application that works just like SyncToy. It main advantage is its availability on different platforms and ability to seamlessly work with remote network locations. This is what I use to run my syncs when i am on my linux based desktops and so far – so good.
Should you have any suggestion(s) of better applications for this simple task, you know what to do.Share