Sync your data freeware style

I always try to promote free programs if I can.  When I have a need, I usually check online for free/open source projects before looking at commercial software.  Over the weekend I was using Vista and as I explored the synchronization features, I noticed that it really was lacking for my needs.  I frequently use a lot of files and I need them to be fully in multiple places at one time even when I am not connected to my network.  Offline files and folders can work but only for files you have opened and it has a limited number of files that it will cache.
I work with files that I may not have accessed for years but I still want them available.  For this, I am using a program called Allways Sync.  This program will let you set up a local folder and a shared folder to synchronize.  You can set it to sync changes on both ends or just to replicate one way.  It can operate on a schedule or when files are changed.  It only supports 2 way synchronization but I have a 3 way sync set up by using 2 2-way syncs.  The program is fast and so far it has lived up to my tests.  I replicated and synchronized over 100,000 files over the weekend constituting more than 20 GB of data and it worked fine.  I do have one problem with it.  I wish I could set it to operate on the schedule unless I am using the machine at that moment.  If I am using the machine, I want it to wait until the CPU is in an idle state.  I will email Allways Sync about that.  The other nice thing about freeware/open source is that the programmer usually is open to suggestions.

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Eric Vanderburg

Eric Vanderburg is an author, thought leader, and consultant. He serves as the Vice President of Cybersecurity at TCDI and Vice Chairman of the board at TechMin. He is best known for his insight on cybersecurity, privacy, data protection, and storage. Eric is a continual learner who has earned over 40 technology and security certifications. He has a strong desire to share technology insights with the community. Eric is the author of several books and he frequently writes articles for magazines, journals, and other publications.

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