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What is the solution to sync laptop data locally?

by JS2015 / December 30, 2015 2:23 AM PST

I want to sync personal laptop data to another hard disk in case laptop HD failure. I already have an external HD to backup laptop data monthly in long interval. I understand there are cloud services like dropbox but don't like for privacy issues.

1) Should i buy another external HD to sync laptop data simultaneously?

2) Is external HD good option for file sync as it will be working long hours along with laptop?

3) Do i have to keep the file sync HD plugin to laptop always?

Looking forward your reply. Thanks.

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Re: file sync
by Kees_B Forum moderator / December 30, 2015 3:06 AM PST

My answers:
1. It's better to do this on a separate hard disk. Imagine you are hit by some ransomware that encrypts your latest full backup. That should be kept off-line.
2. An external hard disk is fine. But, depending on the volume of data that changes in a month, a 64 GB USB-stick might sufficient (and use less power, and is easier to transport).
3. It has to be plugged in during the sync. It depends on how you do it, if that has to be always. One possibility is that you start it manually, each evening for example. Then it only needs to be plugged in that few minutes. Another option is that you run some program that syncs all changes automatically when they occur. Then it needs to be plugged in always.

At my home PC I have a batch file that copies new and changed data from selected folders to a USB-stick when I run it (a few times a week, maybe every day if there are many changes). It takes a minute or so to run. Since it's on the backside of a desktop that it's clumsy to reach, I leave it always in.
Another batch file that copies new and changed data from the USB-stick to another PC in my home network. Since I have to turn that on manually (and off again) I do that approximately once a week.
I store an external disk with images at my work. I make those every 2 months on the average.

Kees

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GoodSync
by StanksFoSho / January 7, 2016 7:58 AM PST

GoodSync is an easy to use software which can manage multiple back up repositories for your files, whether they are local, external hard drives, file servers, or cloud storage providers. With GoodSync you can back up or synchronize any amount of enterprise data to a destination of your choice with the most advanced automation, versioning, conflict resolution, and filtering options Goodsync runs as a service and will execute any number of real time, periodical, or scheduled backup/syncing jobs and will help you pull out the best of any cloud service Here is a download link for GoodSync http://www.goodsync.com/download/GoodSync-Setup-Enterprise.exe

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google drive
by Croco529 / January 12, 2016 7:14 AM PST
In reply to: GoodSync

if you want a lot of storage you can go whit google drive 1tb for 10 $ / m

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