offline files/sync center

Our sysadmin has setup 2 network drives for offline working on our windows 7 laptops. One of the drives is a personal home drive, and sizes range from 1Gb-3Gb of data, but the team shared drive is 100Gb in size. Does that mean the hard drive on the laptops needs 101-103Gb of space available for the synching to work? Or is it not a like for like copy stored on the C drive, if not how can you compute how much free disc space will be required?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You need as much free space on the local machine as set up for syncing from the central spot. In this case 100 GB. If the sync setup says "sync the folder", this is what would happen.

To reduce the amount of space for syncing, you would have to sync a smaller selection of files - but then you do not what them locally.

Once the sync is complete, only changes will be synchronized.

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There is a setting that you apply that only syncs the offline files that a user has already opened while online.  This will reduce your local disk size requirement however users must be proactive if they plan to open files offline that they have not accessed online they will need to do so before attempting to access offline.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
People being the creatures they are, you might find it more robust to set up a subset of folders for syncing. That will not depend on the vagaries of our memories.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@pma111 - Thanks, and I was happy to help.
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