Best OneDrive SyncToy Alternative for Windows 8.1

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October 2, 2014 at 15:03:09
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Hi all,

Recently, I've been trying to take more advantage of my 15 GB of free storage on OneDrive. But it's starting to get difficult remembering which version (OneDrive or Local) is the most recent, and always remembering to save files in both locations.

Basically, I need a tool that can sync my local My Documents folder to my OneDrive folder. I've tried using Microsoft's SyncToy 2.1, but sadly it always says it requires .NET 2.0 to run properly, and since several applications I use require 3.5 or later, using an older version isn't really an option .

I don't need it to work in real-time, in fact it would be better if it only ran when I shut the computer down.

Is this possible through Task Scheduler? I know you can set it to run at shutdown, but what exactly you are running I don't know.

Or, is this possible through a Batch file? I could just run it when I want to shutdown the computer, and have a shutdown /s command at the end of the script.

Or, which 3rd party software should I use that can have scheduled synchronizations. I've seen several of them, but I'm not sure which to choose (which would have the right features)

Thanks

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#1
October 2, 2014 at 15:34:29
.NET v2 and v3.5 should live concurrently on the same machine, and more importantly both should be installed as part of the OS on Win8. I'd run an SFC to verify everything's there.

That said, doesn't Win 8.1 still have the Sync Center?

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October 2, 2014 at 15:57:40
Alright, just ran SFC, sadly (or gladly...?) found nothing.

Just tried running the installed again, (32 bit this time) gave me the same error. Just says 'This application requires .NET framework 2.0.5. Would you like to download it now?" When I click OK it links me here but when I run the installer it says 'A .NET framework of 2.1 or higher is already installed on this system' and closes.

What is this Sync Center you speak of?

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October 2, 2014 at 16:18:40
Sync Center was basically SyncToy, only included with Vista+. Open the search dialog, type sync, see if anything pops up

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#4
October 2, 2014 at 18:54:05
"There are no sync partnerships that can be set up on this computer"

Did they disable it for Windows 8? I know they did for a few other 'useless' features that I've needed before...

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#5
October 2, 2014 at 21:53:24
"I don't need it to work in real-time, in fact it would be better if it only ran when I shut the computer down."

How do you expect it to sync the local folder if the computer is shut down?


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October 3, 2014 at 00:17:28

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October 3, 2014 at 11:56:39
Thanks for the link Razor, but I have a question: this makes it so that the files are ONLY saved on OneDrive, right? So if my internet is down I can't access the files at all?

I think I'll try John's solution first, just because it allows me to have a copy on my hard drive too...but thanks anyway :)

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October 3, 2014 at 12:11:28
I'm pretty sure the file is saved locally, and uploaded/downloaded to/from the OneDrive server in the background with a copy saved in both locations. Granted, what happens to one copy will happen to the other, but that's what mirroring is, no?

Take the advice with a grain of salt; I use Dropbox.

I'd also probably have used a hardlink instead of a symlink, but I didn't write the article.

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