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Synchronizing Your Notebook, Tablet, or Laptop Files

Step 1: Creating a Smart Sync profile

In the following example we'll create a profile on the desktop computer to sync with the notebook computer. You could do this on your notebook instead if you wish as it doesn't really matter where the profile is run from.

The Profile Setup Wizard walks you though the process of setting up your profile. The default settings make setting up a Backup profile a very simple process.

arrow Start SyncBackSE

Click the New button located on the lower left of the program window:

New Profile button

Alternatively, choose New from the Profile menu:

New Profile menu item

arrow Enter a name for your profile:

arrow Select Synchronize from the types of profile:

arrow Accept the default No FTP setting:

Now you need to tell SyncBackSE where the files are on your desktop that you want to synchronize with your notebook.

arrow Click the folder button and browse to your source (left):

The following Browse For Folder window will appear when you click the folder button.

With Windows XP your documents, pictures, music, etc. are usually all stored in a special folder called My Documents, so in this example we'll choose that folder. If your files are somewhere else please select the appropriate folder.

Now we need to choose the folder on your notebook computer. It is assumed that you've created a network share on your notebook computer that has been configured to allow others to change the files and the security permissions are set as required.

arrow Click the folder button and browse to your destination (right):

In this example we selected the SharedDocs folder on the Bigted computer (which is a part of the Easylife workgroup/domain). You must choose as appropriate for your situation:

You may not want to synchronize all the files and folders.

arrow If so, click the Choose sub-directories and files button and select or unselect files and folders as appropriate:


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arrow You may want to check the Decisions - Files tree element to make sure the synchronization settings are correct for your situation:


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For more information on these settings see the help file, but the default actions are:

Replace the oldest files with the newest files (i.e. once that have been modified more recently). For example, if you modify a file on your desktop, but leave it unchanged on your notebook, then when you sync the files the desktop file will replace the notebook file.
If a file has been deleted in one place then delete it in the other. For example, if you delete a file on your notebook then when you sync the files that file will also be deleted from your desktop.
If a new file is created in one place then it is copied to the other. For example, if you create a new file on your desktop then when you sync the files that file will be copied to your notebook.
For all other situations you will be prompted. For example, if you change the same file on your desktop and notebook then you will be prompted.
arrow You may want to check the Copy/Delete and Copy/Delete > Advanced options to make sure everything runs smoothly:


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In the above example we've told SyncBackSE to verify that files are copied correctly and to make safe copies. These settings will mean the sync will take longer to run but it will catch issues that may occur due to network problems or if a file cannot be replaced because it is being used.

arrow Once you're happy with the settings click the OK button.

The following dialog box will appear:

Would you like to perform a simulated run for this new profile? A simulated run does not copy or delete files, but does produce a report on what would have been copied or deleted.

arrow Click No, but if you wish you could click Yes to test your profile.

This will make a simulated run to check to see if everything is working correctly. No files are actually copied or deleted. Your profile has now been created and is ready to use.

 

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