I usually use a desktop computer and a laptop for my writing. I have different folders set up on each computer for different writing projects. After a while it becomes difficult to keep the same data on both computers. I usually copy them back and forth using my home network. The other day I learned about Microsoft’s SyncToy 2.0. This handy little program will sync up data between any number of folders. Below I have outlined the process of obtaining the free program and setting up your folders.
Click HERE to go to the Microsoft website to download SyncToy 2.0 Beta.
Install SyncToy 2.0 to your PC. If you have a firewall you will most likely receive an alert that a program is trying to access the internet. Enable access so that the program can download additional programs from Microsoft website.
After the program has been installed, go to Start, Programs, SyncToy 2.0 to run the program.
Before you can create a new folder pair, you will have to enable file sharing on the folders of your other computer. To do this, right click on the folder to share and select “Sharing and Security”. On the Sharing Tab enable sharing.
Now select “Create New Folder Pair” and on the next screen, select “Browse” under Left Folder and locate your shared folder in “My Network Places”. On the Right Folder locate your folder that you want to sync up. After your folders pairs are setup, the program will ask for a name to give to the folder pair.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 if you have other folders that need to be synced up.