Keep Files Up-to-date with Bamboo File Sync

February 4, 2011, By Christian Cawley

It can be confusing working on different computers with different versions of the same file to know which is the most recent and which is the one you really want to keep.

A case in point is Word documents – if you’re on the go regularly you might copy a report or script that you’re working on from your PC to your laptop and then spend some time writing and revising it on your portable computer before returning home. You might then tweak something on the original version before returning to the document on your laptop – and already things are getting confused.

Using Bamboo File Sync

What you need is a useful sync management too such as Bamboo File Sync, which will enable you to sync between your home and work PCs, keep a copy of vital files on all available hard disks in your home and also ensure that the version of a document that you most recently updated is the one that is kept in use.

Finding and Downloading Bamboo File Sync

You can get started with Bamboo File Sync by heading to download.cnet.com and clicking the Download Now link – this utility is just 3MB to download so shouldn’t take too long.

In order to use Bamboo File Sync successfully you should be using a Windows XP machine with Service Pack 3 installed, or Vista or 7 – you can also use Server 2003 with Service Pack 2. In addition your Internet Explorer version should be 7 or later.

With the installer file downloaded, double click to run and follow the instructions in the installer wizard through to completion. By default, Bamboo File Sync will launch ready for you to start using it.

Syncing Modified and New Files to your USB Drive

Using Bamboo File Sync you can keep a pair of folders in sync with each other, enabling you to ensure the documents remain up to date in both locations.

To use this feature click on Synchronize on the main Bamboo File Sync screen, and choose both locations: commonly this would be a folder on your PC and a removable USB drive, although you can choose any location including a network drive.

Should you choose a removable drive, there is every chance that Windows will assign a different drive letter to it next time you connect it. As such Bamboo File Sync gives you the opportunity to choose between the current drive letter for the drive or using the full device volume name for that device.

Finally, you will be asked how you want the application to deal with conflicts, which are bound to occur from time to time. Here you can choose to Skip all conflicts, be informed of any problems (Ask me), Use Location 1’s version to keep the source data as the primary data, Use Location 2’s version to overwrite older data in Location 1 or Resolve by modified date.

With the choice made, click Next and assign a name for the sync and click Finish. You may then Run Now to initialise the sync!

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