Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Synchronize Files between Desktops and Laptops

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Synchronize Files between Desktops and Laptops

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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 http://support.microsoft.com/default. aspx?scid=kb;en-us;307885.

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More robust programs are available from third-party vendors. One of the more popular, Laplink Gold (www. laplink.com), sells for $99.95; Save-N-Synch (www.peer-software.com) costs $30; and ViceVersa offers a basic version for $29. …

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