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Windows 7: Sync Center issues -

23 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 & Windows XP
Sync Center issues -

Hello - I'm hoping I can get some help on a problem with Sync Center.

I have one computer with Windows XP that I use as the "main" computer and files are saved on the C: drive.

I have a second computer, a laptop running Windows 7, that I connect to the XP computer via mapped drives. M:, N:, W:, etc.

I currently use Sync Center from the Windows 7 laptop to mirror files on both computers, but it gives me a lot of errors and problems. For example, Sync Center does not always see the laptop as being connected to the desktop even though the network is operating normally, and doesn't sync the files as they are changed. I did research on this about a year ago and found a solution that entailed changed a setting on the Windows 7 machine that was causing the hard drive to hibernate. But I can't remember where I found that solution or where I would go to check those settings again.

I can open a file window with each computer side-by-side to watch all this. Let's say I have a Word document open on the Windows 7 computer. The way I want it to work, if I change or save the doc on the Windows 7 machine while both it and the WinXP machine are up and running, I want that change to be reflected in the WinXP file browser immediately. But that isn't always happening. I can make changes to the file on the Windows 7 machine, but it's not being copied to the WinXP computer. If Word creates any temp or backup files, those appear on the WinXP computer almost immediately. If I create a copy of the original file on the Windows 7 machine, it shows on the WinXP computer. But if I save or save as... the original file, those changes aren't showing on the WinXP machine. Then if I look in Sync Center's error file, I will see the file I've been working on listed as an error.

Does that make any sense?

Another problem I have is with the way Sync Center works, and I'm not sure anything can be done about this. I would LOVE to have a pop-up alert any time Sync Center encounters an error so it can be dealt with immediately. But that doesn't seem to be an option. As a result, I have nearly 300 error notes in Sync Center and it's taking me a long time to go through them all and choose whether to keep or ditch the file. It seems the bulk of those errors are from deleting/moving files or renaming folders while the two computers were not connected together. But other errors are from situations like I described above.

Am I using Sync Center the way it was meant to be used? Is there a different program that would do what I need reliably? I see that Microsoft has a utility available called "SyncToy," but I'm not sure it's the software I need.

Thanks very much. This has been frustrating, and it's resulted in some occasional data loss.

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