Synchronize Laptop and Desktop

  • Thread starter Chip off the ol' Proc
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Chip off the ol' Proc

Trying to keep the desktop and laptop coordinated.
Couldn't find anything on the Quicken.com site.
Any suggestions on how best to do this? I travel from my different
locations every day and want to enter data and then sync it with the
desktop when I get home.
Thanks,
Chip
 
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Don

Are you saying that both quickens are being updated? If so I don't
think you can do a sync. Try just copying all the files to your
notebook when you're traveling and back to your pc when you return.
 
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Chip off the ol' Proc

No just the laptop is being updated while I'm out.
I do this every day- I need an automatic function.
 
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helena

Chip-can you do the one on one chat - online assitance with them is
definitely cheaper-and you most likely would need to upgrade to make
that work. This is what I found on the quicken site:



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Contact us via Live One-on-One Chat
Communicate with a real Quicken representative using live Internet
chat.
Customer Service & Support Chat - get an unlock code, check order
status, buy Quicken, order a replacement CD, ask pre-sales questions,
as well as help using Quicken or resolving technical issues regarding
your Quicken product or data file - available for Quicken 2005, 2004,
2003 and 2002 versions
 
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Don

I use a freeware product called synback. I run a wireless network at
my house. So when I am leaving on a trip I just tell syncback to run
my quicken-home to quicken-notebook profile. Syncback then goes out
and copies all of quickens datafiles from the home computer to my
notebook. When I return from the trip I run a profile that does the
reverse. It is fast and works great and it is free.

Hope this helps,
Don
 
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Chip off the ol' Proc

Don & Helena,
Thanks for the tips.
Actually I'm using Syncback and it is great. However I need to do it
every day morning and evening. It doesn't seem to like the bouncing
back and forth so often. It gets shaky and I need to reinstall.

Helena, I'm going to do the online chat. But I'll tell you I'm burned
that they only work from 3 PM Eastern on. It's bad enough that they
outsource the jobs overseas- but I find it pretty damn arrogant that
they make us call them on their hours not ours! I sent a note to Lou
Dobbs at CNN on this very subject. Don't know if it will get on the air
but it should.
Thanks for your help,
Chip
 
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Doug Ellice

This is really a generic computer problem, not specific to Quicken, but
then you know that. I have the same need, with 2 programs, Quicken and
Outlook, that I need to operate on either my desktop or my laptop,
jumping back and forth, while always having the correct datafile.

There is, as far as I know, only one solution. A thumb drive. Copying
my enormous Quicken and Outlook files back and forth is, as you pointed
out, impractical. If the laptop never left the house (and therefore was
always networked to the desktop) I could just use one file, on either
PC. But if the laptop leaves the house....

This is why God invented thumb drives.

Doug
 
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Don

My Quicken data files are about 35 meg. My outlook file is 740meg.
Syncback copies quicken to my network storage drive and then to my
notebook in about 20 seconds. It takes about 4 or 5 minutes to do the
outlook file. I give thumb drives away to customers. A good network
and syncback beat it hands down.

Don
 
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speedlever

My Quicken data files are about 35 meg. My outlook file is 740meg.
Syncback copies quicken to my network storage drive and then to my
notebook in about 20 seconds. It takes about 4 or 5 minutes to do the
outlook file. I give thumb drives away to customers. A good network
and syncback beat it hands down.

Don
Thanks to this thread, I just discovered Syncback. Along with my WLAN, this
is a great synchronization solution!

Thanks!
 
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William W. Plummer

Is SyncBack a program that you purchased or is it a part of WindowsXP?
 
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Victor Roberts

http://www.2brightsparks.com/syncback/syncback-hub.html

It is freeware.

I am using Karen's Replicator, which works for me and is free as well.
<http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptreplicator.asp#Download>
Replicator and SyncBack are nice but neither does with the OP wanted.
If I remember correctly, he wanted the ability to make changes in
either file and have those two files merged into one with their
various changes reconciled. Replicator and SyncBack just make sure
that each system has the latest version of each file and all copies of
new files in the directories specified. You can do the same thing with
xcopy and the /s/d switches using a BAT file.
 
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Han

Replicator and SyncBack are nice but neither does with the OP wanted.
If I remember correctly, he wanted the ability to make changes in
either file and have those two files merged into one with their
various changes reconciled. Replicator and SyncBack just make sure
that each system has the latest version of each file and all copies of
new files in the directories specified. You can do the same thing with
xcopy and the /s/d switches using a BAT file.
Hi Vic:

All you say is correct. However, you really need to know a bit more for
xcopy to work well than you need for Replicator.

I would also like a program that can merge data in specified data files to
arrive at a situation where 2 or more sets of data files all have the
latest/greatest information. It would be wonderful for Quicken data and
also for mailbox data in my Eudora. However, I haven't yet seen those
programs (at least I haven't used them yet).
 
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William W. Plummer

Victor said:
Replicator and SyncBack are nice but neither does with the OP wanted.
If I remember correctly, he wanted the ability to make changes in
either file and have those two files merged into one with their
various changes reconciled. Replicator and SyncBack just make sure
that each system has the latest version of each file and all copies of
new files in the directories specified. You can do the same thing with
xcopy and the /s/d switches using a BAT file.
Thanks for the pointer to the replicator programs.

You probably want to add the /m switch to your xcopy command. This
marks the files as having been copied so you can restart without redoing
it all again. Also, /e will preserve empty directories.

But using xcopy means that you either have to keep updating the .bat
file as new directories are added or that you put everything in one
directory subtree. The latter doesn't work because many programs tuck
away their data in strange corners of your disk. Example: Mozilla uses
the Application Data directory in your Windows profile. If you don't
know this, you will not put it in your .bat file.
 
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Victor Roberts

But using xcopy means that you either have to keep updating the .bat
file as new directories are added or that you put everything in one
directory subtree. The latter doesn't work because many programs tuck
away their data in strange corners of your disk. Example: Mozilla uses
the Application Data directory in your Windows profile. If you don't
know this, you will not put it in your .bat file.
I agree that using xcopy requires more knowledge and work than
Replicator or SyncBack (and it helps is you keep all the data you want
to sync as subdirectories of one master data directory). But, all I
was saying is that the same function is possible using the tools
provided with Windows.
 
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Han

I agree that using xcopy requires more knowledge and work than
Replicator or SyncBack (and it helps is you keep all the data you want
to sync as subdirectories of one master data directory). But, all I
was saying is that the same function is possible using the tools
provided with Windows.
This is turning into a mutual admiration society (indeed I do admire you
for your consistently good information and answers in this NG).

I think Replicator (and likely SyncBack) are guis for xcopy <grin>.
 
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