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  • PC to PC Folder Synchronization

    I use Beyond Compare to sync folders/drives on my PC. Can someone recommend an app that can do that between 2 PCs across the Internet?

    I've used commercial services such as SOS but have found them to be cumbersome so I'm looking for a far simpler solution.

    ... added ... I'm looking to sync about 75GB of data

  • #2
    Hi Gary, I use Total Commander (for smaller tasks now and then) and SyncBack Pro (for daily mirroring of my own data). Both works locally and across internet.

    /Mikael

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    • #3
      Robocopy /Z is your friend as long as you have VPN capability. DropBox can easily do it as well as long as you can live with the data living in the cloud also.
      <b>George W. Bleck</b>
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      • #4
        I’ve been using dropbox to do this for years; I have a 1tb plan and sync to 4 different PCs
        I use the following to create a symbolic link to this folder so I can keep the path names the same for all my shortcuts.

        rem subst p: C:\Users\admin\Dropbox
        echo %cd%
        echo %~dp0
        mklink /d c:\dropbox %~dp0
        pause

        You may need to make this change for mklink to work.

        [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
        EnableLinkedConnections set to 1

        reg.exe ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v EnableLinkedConnections /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f


        in my home I map to my dropbox folder on another PC and create the symbolic to this UNC path



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        • #5
          Hi Mikael!
          Thanks for the tips. Total Commander does not sync over the internet, correct? I looked at SyncBack Pro and left a message for their support folks.

          I didn't want to use cloud storage. Do you know if SyncBack Pro requires that in order to do PC to PC synchronization?

          Frank, DropBox requires cloud storage, yes?

          George, I've read about, but never used VPN. I'll have to do some reading to know how to set that up. My vague, years-old memory on the topic is that setup was anything but easy. Is that still true?

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          • #6
            VPN is easy as long as you have equipment that supports it. I leverage home routers that I can load DD-WRT on and then enable OpenVPN.

            You can also take a look at Rsync there is a native windows port for cost.
            <b>George W. Bleck</b>
            <img src='http://www.blecktech.com/myemail.gif'>

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            • #7
              Hi Gary

              Take a look at this
              https://github.com/rasaford/bitsync

              And this
              https://www.resilio.com/individuals/ - This was the original Bittorrent sync that went commercial.

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              • #8
                Sorry Gary, I use an NAS via FTP in both cases (I thought faster than I read your post)...

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                • #9
                  Yes; Mr. Beene, Dropbox is cloud
                  Sorry
                  BASIC shampoo - DO:LATHER:RINSE:LOOP UNTIL CLEAN <>0

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                  • #10
                    George,
                    The Windows port of rsync certainly holds promise. I'll have to look at it some more - the documentation was heavily Unix-like and I'll admit that I didn't always understand what I was reading.

                    But, the idea seemed to be that both PCs would run a copy of rsync and can then connect and synchronize folders.

                    More reading required ...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Gary Beene View Post
                      I looked at SyncBack Pro
                      We used SyncBack Pro a long time ago and went to Syncovery. Many more features including block diff copy for some very large files. Give it a look and compare before you decide.

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                      • #12
                        VPN is easy as long as you have equipment that supports it. I leverage home routers that I can load DD-WRT on and then enable OpenVPN.
                        While it certainly is a good solution to implement VPN in your router it is also possible to run the client software on your PC. Personally I use TorGuard (no connection) based on OpenVPN with their own front end, I pay $5 a month and am happy with the service. BTW I picked it because I was only commited for 1 month and they has a special life time half price offer.

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                        • #13
                          James McNab In my case, I need to access everything in my network so having the VPN at the gateway/router allows that easily without having to worry about jumpboxes. My method is especially useful if your jumpbox/vpn host is down and you then cannot access your network at all. VPN at the gateway on hardware is much less prone to crashing, the jumpbox being off, etc. and allows me to access all machines directly.

                          Obviously each situation is different and in the case of a single PC to single PC a software based VPN may suit the bill quite nicely.
                          <b>George W. Bleck</b>
                          <img src='http://www.blecktech.com/myemail.gif'>

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                          • #14
                            Most of the cloud service, of which you most likely have at least one account (e.g. Google), offer such solutions. If you have a Google account, which is very likely if you have an Android device, 5(?) GB of free storage on Google Drive is included. On the left bottom of that side is a download link to Google's Backup & Sync tool. Which does just that.

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                            • #15
                              George, obviously is a case of horses for courses, I just didn't want the need for a patched router to appear to be a requirment to use VPN (which you have already made clear in post #13 making this post redundant)..

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                              • #16
                                Also, does your VPN allow inbound VPN? most only allow outbound (i.e. connection hiding).
                                <b>George W. Bleck</b>
                                <img src='http://www.blecktech.com/myemail.gif'>

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                                • #17
                                  Teamviewer has a file xfer connection option...

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                                  • #18
                                    Yes, I use TeamViewer but file transfer is all it has - no folder synchronization.

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                                    • #19
                                      Gary, take a look at https://www.maxsyncup.com/how_to/dir...nc_two_pc.html, it may be what you are looking for.
                                      (or maybe https://www.goodsync.com).

                                      /Mikael

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                                      • #20
                                        TeamViewer has a VPN option.

                                        How to install the VPN driver
                                        You can install the VPN driver easily by clicking in your TeamViewer fullversion on Extras --> Options --> Advanced -->Click Show advanced options --> Under Advanced network settings --> Install VPN driver --> click Install.


                                        https://community.teamviewer.com/t5/...-VPN/ta-p/6354

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