Using Synchronize Folders Between Computers and Drives with SyncToy 2.1g

  gel 16:41 PM 07 Oct 12
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Hello I am trying Sync Toy 2 If for Left folder I use my documents on my desk top and for my right folder a memory stick can I make additions to the the memory stick when used on my laptop and then synchronize onto the documents on my desk top Thank you gel

  northumbria61 19:25 PM 07 Oct 12

And your question is ?

  gel 06:56 AM 08 Oct 12

Thank you northumbria61 for your interest in my question ,which is ,'can I make additions to the the memory stick when used on my laptop and then synchronize onto the documents on my desk top Thank you gel

  Chronos the 2nd 08:30 AM 08 Oct 12

Not using Sync Toy I cannot comment on it,But I use Goodsync and I have settings that allow me to either sync left to right or right to left or if I choose both ways, So I would check setting to see if these sync options are available to Sync Toy.

  Secret-Squirrel 09:32 AM 08 Oct 12
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"can I make additions to the the memory stick when used on my laptop and then synchronize onto the documents on my desk top"

Providing that the SyncToy action is set to "Synchronize", then yes, all file and folder changes made to the right folder will be copied across to the left folder when you next run SyncToy.

One word of warning though when you use the "Synchronize" action for a folder pair - file and folder deletions on the right folder will also be mirrored to the left folder. So for example, if you delete (accidentally or otherwise) the My Documents folder on your memory stick and then run SyncToy you'll also wipe out the corresponding folder on your PC.

For backup purposes, it's usually safer to set the action to "Echo".

  gel 11:06 AM 08 Oct 12

Thank you Secret-Squirrel I have installed and now synchronised my docs and also my docs on memory stick which works ok when used on my lap top Your point about deleting is very valid and I will switch to Echo I am very grateful all the contributions gel

  Secret-Squirrel 11:21 AM 08 Oct 12

".............. and I will switch to Echo"

Ah, the Echo action was suggested if in the future you wanted to use SyncToy for backup purposes. In that mode changes on the right (memory stick) are not copied over to the left.

For what you currently want to achieve, the Synchronize action is the one to use but just note my warning from earlier.

  gel 11:27 AM 08 Oct 12

OK Thanks Secret-Squirrel Point taken. I do make a copy of my docs on another stick each week but I understand what you are saying and will act accordingly gel

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