Synchronize Files


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Q. I use a desktop computer in my office and a lightweight laptop when I travel on business. It takes 30 minutes or so to synchronize files between the two machines, so I’m always afraid I’ll end up with a file that is not current. Is there some convenient way to automate the process?

A. You have several options. Windows’ built-in Briefcase feature (see icon at right) is designed to synchronize and update the files on each machine when you connect the two computers with a USB cable or use a removable disk to transport Briefcase from your desktop to your laptop. For more information go to;en-us;307885 .

More robust programs are available from third-party vendors. One of the more popular, Laplink Gold ( ), sells for $99.95; Save-N-Synch ( ) costs $30; and ViceVersa offers a basic version for $29.95 and a pro version for $59.95. You can go to the vendors’ Web sites and download fully functional evaluation copies at no cost.

My favorite synchronization product, though, is Migo ( ). It offers automatic synchronization and storage in a convenient package. It’s a thumb-size flash drive that you can easily carry on a keychain. When you connect it to a computer via a USB cable, it monitors the files of which you want to ensure you have the most current versions.

Migo comes in several configurations: A 2-gigabyte model sells for $429.95, 1-Gb for $334.95, 512-megabyte for $229.95 and 256-Mb for $139.95. There’s even the Migo wristwatch, which has a 512-Mg capacity and sells for $229.95.


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