Offline files - Need alternative to Windows

February 12, 2010 at 09:28:29
Specs: Windows 7, AMD 64 Dual Core
Hi, at the company I work for, we all work in the field, so we rely on offline files a lot. (At least some of us.) I, myself, don't trust it. I've had nothing but terrible luck. I'll sync our whole customer database, then get out to the field to find it missed most of the files for the customer I'm trying to find (or maybe it didn't sync it at all.) These aren't new files or folders, so they've been setup to sync for forever.

I gave up on it a long time ago and just use a local folder to store all my data, which is a bad idea because my whole team relies on data i have on my hard drive and if my computer crashes, it's not getting backed up and they can't access data on my hard drive.. so doesn't do well for collaboration.

I've been looking around at other utilities that would allow me to sync a local folder on my hard drive with the network fileshare. I did find one called SyncToy from Microsoft (a powertoy.) It doesn't work well though. I tried changing one file (the same file) but the local version and then on the network because us as techs quite often are working on the same files... it just overwrote the network version with my local version without asking. That is unacceptable if all of us techs are out in the field and then come back and sync... the last tech to sync will have his stuff but the rest of us lost our changes.

There has to be a better solution.

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February 12, 2010 at 12:57:08
Rsync is a common tool. It only transfers the differences so it could be very fast.

I think I'd get with your tech people first. It might be that you are not supposed to have some data as it might be personal or protected data.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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February 12, 2010 at 16:14:04
I'll have to check that tool out. BTW, we're a very small company, so I seem to call the shots for stuff like this.

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February 12, 2010 at 17:46:10
Sorry, deltacopy is the windows version.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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