What’s the best way to sync files across multiple computers?

ABH83 November 15, 2011
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I have a desktop PC, a laptop and a netbook all running Windows 7 Professional. I would like to sync my documents from the PC to the laptop and netbook. Right now I constantly have to copy my files and any changes to my documents via a USB stick or external drive to my laptop and netbook.

Is there a way to sync files natively on Windows 7? Otherwise a lightweight freeware would be fine too.

 

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  1. Amrit
    July 17, 2012 at 5:44 am

    You can use dropbox.com for the same. It's a wonderful tool to sync files between computers

  2. Smirnoff
    January 23, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    I am using Dropbox. Their free 2GB is enough for me

  3. ABH83
    November 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Thanks a lot for all the great recommendations and suggestions. I will definitely read up on some of the apps you posted.

  4. Jay
    November 18, 2011 at 11:36 am

    1.upload file(s) to google doc
    2.Sync your folders of your computers using this tool :
    http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/autosync-folders-google-docs/#comment-360773075

  5. David Phok
    November 18, 2011 at 4:29 am

    I use the windows 7 Homegroup it pretty decent you can set it up in the networks and sharing center. but you do have to be on the same internet =)

  6. Reenies
    November 18, 2011 at 4:25 am

    My favorite app for this is EVERNOTE.

  7. Garry
    November 18, 2011 at 3:38 am

    How about a cloud service?  If it's documents, then Google Docs would work for all.

  8. Anonymous
    November 16, 2011 at 11:08 am

    AllwaySync
    http://www.allwaysync.com/

    BestSync
    http://www.risefly.com/foldersynceng.htm

    DriveHQ File Manager
    http://www.drivehq.com/downloads/downloadfilemanager.aspx
    Works like Remote File Server or FTP Server and Windows Explorer; Upload/download thousands of files, gigabytes of data as easy as 1, 2, 3; folder sync, publishing, group sharing, collaboration and sub-accounts

  9. James Bruce
    November 16, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Windows Live Mesh is the best, easiest, and most integrated with windows, since it comes micorosoft themselves. Here:

    http://explore.live.com/windows-live-mesh

  10. FIDELIS
    November 16, 2011 at 3:44 am

    Hello, you could also use sync center utility from Microsoft to sync files between computers.  Only thing you have to do is set syncing partnership.  If that does not work for you, you can use sync toys.  Here is the link for sync toy 2.1:

    http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=15155#instructions

    Like Mike mentioned, one of the best ways is by using dropbox.  You can also use AeroFS:
    http://www.aerofs.com/features

    If you do not mind using cloud services, you can also use Tonido:

    http://www.tonido.com/

  11. Mike
    November 16, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Sounds to me like Dropbox is your best option. In addition to the synchronization you also get the benefits of an online backup and versioning. 

    One thing you have to consider is that the free account comes with only 2GB (default) of storage but usually this should be sufficient for documents. 
    As long as your computers are connected to the same LAN you also don't have to worry about large or long transfers ~ Dropbox automatically does LAN sync in that case.

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