Shared folder backup RRS feed

  • Question

  • All my pictures (20 gigs) are in one folder on one computer.  I would like to automatically sync/backup my pictures folder on my local computer to the shared pictures on the Home Server.  This way I don't have to manually keep updating my pictures shared folder.

    Unless I am missing something?  Is this already possible?  I searched the forums to no avail.
    Saturday, May 26, 2007 3:28 PM

All replies

  • You can use Microsoft SyncToy to synchronize this folder with your server.

    It is available from here at no charge.


    Saturday, May 26, 2007 3:48 PM
  • Thanks AliG, I appreciate the quick response and I will give SyncToy a go. 

    I think this something that would be very handy if it was implemented in HS.  It shouldn't be difficult to include, and it seems like a no brainier to me.  I am surprised more people aren't interested in this. 

    Saturday, May 26, 2007 4:18 PM
  • I had the same scenario for my music but I didnt want to sync all my music library. Just parts of it.


    I have been using the Vista "available offline" feature. I think this is available with XP as well. It seems to work nice. It syncs up automatically and is indexed in the search.


    I guess I dont understand why I would use synctoy instead of Offline availability.



    Saturday, May 26, 2007 9:36 PM
  • You don't want to use the "Offline files" or "Offline Availability" feature for a media library because, by default, the volume of offline files is rather limited. A media library tends to run into the 10s of gigabytes, and by default your offline files are limited to (I think) 2 GB. And that's for all files, not just your media. So you might find yourself without some particularly favored tracks or photos.
    Sunday, May 27, 2007 10:08 PM
  • Also "Offline files" are not a feature of the "home" versions of either XP or Vista.


    Monday, May 28, 2007 1:34 AM
  • I considered starting another post, but because this is only an observation, I will continue this one.

    I am a corporate computer reseller or VAR.  Some of my customers and friends have asked me about home server.  There initial reaction is HS is a "Media Server".  I'm not sure where they have gotten this impression from.  Maybe browsing Ian Dixon's blog, seeing reviews etc?  I have to explain to them that first and foremost it is a backup server, then some people are trying to use it as a media server.

    I think a lot people are using the shared folders to stream to media center's extra, and I will ultimately probably do the same thing.

    I just found it very interesting that speaking to people who are vaguely familiar with HS, they assume it is a media server.  Anyone else seeing this impression?

    Tuesday, May 29, 2007 5:10 PM