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how to sync folders with windows live mesh

Posted on 2010-11-27
Last Modified: 2012-06-22
I am trying to sync my laptop and desktop using Windows Live Mesh.  I have a folder on my laptop called "CurrentWork" and the same folder on my desktop.  

I will sometimes work on the laptop, and sometimes on the desktop.  I have been copying the most current version back and forth manually.  I would like to have Windows Live Mesh do this.  That is what it is advertised to do.

However, when I try to set this up I first try to sync the desktop it will sync to a Skydrive and when I sync from the laptop, I say sync to the skydrive and the desktop.  I then have a folder called "CurrentWork" on in my personal folders on the laptop that is a copy of the "real" CuurentWOrk on my desktop, and I have a folder called "CurrentWork" on in my personal folders on the desktop that is a copy of the "real" CuurentWOrk on my laptop.  The two "real" folders have different stuff in them.  

I don't want or need the copies in my personal folders.  I just want the two "real" copies to be synced.  (I also don't care about the Skydrive.)

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by:John Hurst
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For what you are doing (and I do the same thing), I use SyncBack Pro (2brightsparks.com). The files on both machines are completely real and SyncBack Pro will look after synchronizing them. There is a free version as well.
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Thanks.  I installed it and set it up to run.  Unlike Live Mesh, it will only run when the laptop is on the network with the desktop, while live mesh can run through the cloud.  However, since live mesh doesn't do what I want, I can live with that limitation.  However, when I run it, I get an error Access Is Denied on the destination (the Laptop).  I am the only user and administrator on both machines.
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John Hurst earned 500 total points
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When you "when I run it" are you referring to Mesh or to SyncBack. If the two machines are connected to share folders (Map Network Drives or NET USE command), SyncBack will synchronize just fine.

Another alternative (tried and tested by many, but I have not used it) is DropBox. It works through the "cloud" as well. So you can take a look at it. It offers something like 5Gb for free (but please look first) and then you pay for more.

I sync about 20Gb of data between my desktop and laptop. So long as I sync in the morning before I head out, I am fine since everything is fresh and up-to-date. I then sync when home and then last thing at night.

... Thinkpads_User
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It seems to be working now.  I installed on the laptop and did a few syncs back and forth.  I think my problem was that I identified my laptop initially on the desktop profile through the network rather than through the homegroup, so there were security differences.  I changed to use the homegroup location and after a couple of times, the syncs now seem to work.  

A couple of questions:

1. Can I set it to run whenever a change is made, or whenever I connect my laptop to the network?
2. Is there a version of SyncBack (or any other product you know of), that will do this over the internet?
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by:John Hurst
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For SyncBack Pro - It can run to a schedule, run on demand, run when you login to or logout of Windows, and periodically. You may or may not want it running every single time yuou change any file. But I don't see a setting for that. It can sync over the internet if you can map folders over the internet. So this could be done with VPN or like connection application.

Over the internet - DropBox may be more applicable for over the internet and cloud work. I have not used it.   http://www.dropbox.com/

There seem to be several synchronizer products. Another one I have heard of is Allway Sync. I have not used it.  http://www.allwaysync.com/

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by:John Hurst
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Thank you. I hope all the information assists and good luck going forward. ... Thinkpads_User

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