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  • I bought my mother a laptop for Xmas and am getting it setup for her.  I secretly put Live Mesh on her desktop and have been running Mesh on the laptop for over a week, with 8000 files left to go (mainly from My Music and My Photos). 

    I'm wondering if I can copy them over using my external harddrive without having Mesh try and resync those files to both computers as if they were separate files entirely, thereby creating duplicates.

    It would be great if I could just move all of the current files over using the external hdd because her DSL upstream is capped at about 256KB/s and with normal use going on as well, it just is very very slow.

    Thursday, December 2, 2010 4:09 PM

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  • Are you referring to Live Mesh beta (www.mesh.com) or Windows Live Mesh?

    In either case, yes, you can manually copy the files over using an external drive or copying over the network locally between machines. Once copied, the sync should happen more quickly since they are the same in both places. Mesh will need to index the folders, building a "hash" for each file to confirm that they are the same, but the whole file will not need to be transferred.

    However, i strongly suggest that you not use Live Mesh or Windows Live Mesh "secretly" on another user's computer.

    -steve


    ~ Microsoft MVP Windows Live ~ Windows Live OneCare| Live Mesh|MS Security Essentials Forums Moderator ~
    Thursday, December 2, 2010 4:15 PM
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  • Are you referring to Live Mesh beta (www.mesh.com) or Windows Live Mesh?

    In either case, yes, you can manually copy the files over using an external drive or copying over the network locally between machines. Once copied, the sync should happen more quickly since they are the same in both places. Mesh will need to index the folders, building a "hash" for each file to confirm that they are the same, but the whole file will not need to be transferred.

    However, i strongly suggest that you not use Live Mesh or Windows Live Mesh "secretly" on another user's computer.

    -steve


    ~ Microsoft MVP Windows Live ~ Windows Live OneCare| Live Mesh|MS Security Essentials Forums Moderator ~
    Thursday, December 2, 2010 4:15 PM
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  • Using the latest Mesh from Wave 4.

    It isn't that it is "secret" entirely.  She knows its there for Skydrive and remote desktop from work...  But, I didn't tell her about her surprise Xmas present (laptop).  My plan is to have it configured with all of her files ready to go out of the box which will make her very happy...

    Can you imagine, a university professor without technology? 

    Got her an iPhone for her birthday with exchange syncing...that was like a whole new orld.

    Can't wait for this one...

    Thursday, December 2, 2010 6:05 PM
  • Ah, that kind of secret. :-) That's nice, then. And will certainly be excellent. Be careful about synchronizing the music library, though. Any time the metadata is updated for any file, that will require the entire file being copied over. Photos will be less of an issue, but music files tend to get updated by various programs regularly. I don't use iTunes, so can't say it does, but keep an eye on that lest you end up with constant synchronizing or duplicated files due to changes causing conflicts.

    Yes, you should certainly copy the files manually and then let Windows Live Mesh "sync" up the data. That should go fairly quickly once all of the data is equal in the Meshed folders.

    For further discussion of the new Windows Live Mesh (formerly Sync), (as well as the released Live Sync version) go here:

    http://windowslivehelp.com/forums.aspx?productid=24

     

    -steve


    ~ Microsoft MVP Windows Live ~ Windows Live OneCare| Live Mesh|MS Security Essentials Forums Moderator ~
    Thursday, December 2, 2010 8:31 PM
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