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Windows 7: How do I make a duplicate of a file that sync with each other

20 Sep 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 
How do I make a duplicate of a file that sync with each other

Is there any way at all to make a copy of a file (e.g: .doc, .pdf, .avi) on a different location on a hard drive that updates its twin whenever either of them is edited/changed? If not, whenever the original one is changed?

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20 Sep 2013   #2

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Tri-Boot
 
 

Not exactly, you will need to setup a scheduled task that sync's these using a syncing program.

Try this:
SyncToy - Backup User Data

It will show you how to do this with relative ease.
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20 Sep 2013   #3
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In addition here is a modern free method to Sync, Backup and Store your Files to the Cloud with Skydrive
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20 Sep 2013   #4

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zak14 View Post
Is there any way at all to make a copy of a file (e.g: .doc, .pdf, .avi) on a different location on a hard drive that updates its twin whenever either of them is edited/changed? If not, whenever the original one is changed?
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Could you give us some more details about why you need this? It does not sound like a backup scheme. It sounds like you have people editing documents in different locations on one hard drive. A bit more detail might help us to help you.
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20 Sep 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Thanks, Golden, gregrocker

@UsernameIssues,
I want to sync a few excel documents that stay on my external hard drive to my Dropbox folder on my PC, so that I can edit these files from anywhere and they stay in sync with the clone files in my external hard drive when I plug it in. Is there a better way to do it?
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20 Sep 2013   #6

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Use SyncToy to synchronise these files between your Dropbox folder on your PC, and the external hard drive.
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20 Sep 2013   #7

Windows 7 x64 (SP1)
 
 

Or...use a Junction folder or Symlink the files to the other location. Basically acts like a shortcut for files.
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20 Sep 2013   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Sorry, what's a Junction folder and Symlink?
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20 Sep 2013   #9

Windows 7 x64 (SP1)
 
 

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20 Sep 2013   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

So, how do I go about setting up a symlink?
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