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Has anybody ever done this?

by ilovemusic38 / September 17, 2006 12:16 PM PDT

Hi my name is Ben,

I am a college student who frequently goes back and forth to different computers to do, save, and print my work. I was wondering if there was a way to sync my flash drive with my computer at home so that I don't have to copy and paste random documents back and forth. I have a Treo that syncs and was wondering if there was an option like that, where the computer looks for differences between it and the device to transfer only what's needed.

Any help on this subject is greatly appreciated.


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Matter of fact you have this applet called...
by Edward ODaniel / September 17, 2006 1:22 PM PDT

Windows Briefcase that is designed to do just what you want.

Here is a link to its usage:

Briefcase overview

If you frequently work on files outside your main computer (using a portable computer, for example), you can use Briefcase to synchronize the files with their counterparts on your main computer when you finish working on them.

When you reconnect your portable computer to your main computer (or insert a removable disk containing the modified files), Briefcase automatically updates the files on your main computer to the modified versions. You do not need to move modified files out of Briefcase or delete the existing copies on your main computer.


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Thank you so much
by ilovemusic38 / September 18, 2006 7:51 AM PDT

This is a life saver, no more 20 minute transfer and delete sessions for me.

Again thank you,


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by john_mcdoogle / September 17, 2006 1:53 PM PDT

If you just carry the flash drive with you, holding the master copy, you've always got the most up to date version with you.

Just open and save the file from the flash drive, skip the middle man software. That's what I did for the last two years or so of college. Everything was kept on my flash drive, where I could edit or view documents on my desktop, laptop, or a lab system anywhere on campus. Worked great, no additional software necessary.

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Just in case
by ilovemusic38 / September 18, 2006 7:53 AM PDT
In reply to: Why?

I don't want to risk losing my data by doing that. Some of my papers are upwards of 20 pages long and I am not the best typer in the world. So losing it would mean that if I need it, I would be pulling an "All-nighter"

Thanks anyway though!

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