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I just bought this today.I've been reading the manual & it's saying something about creating about a sync folder.
Now,I'm not computer literate so my question is,the files that I want to store there,can I not just move them onto the drive or do I have to have this sync folder :tazz:
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I'm not an expert on this particular subject but as far as I know....
you should be able to simply use the external drive as normal (ignoring the sync folder). Anything that you do place in the sync folder allows the files on the internal hard drives to be synchronized with ones on the external or vice versa. eg if 2 copies of a file exist with different dates for example, when synchronized, the older copy should be replaced with the newer copy.

Please correct me anyone if I am talking complete crap here, this explaination has been based largely on an educated guess!
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I'm not an expert on this particular subject but as far as I know....
you should be able to simply use the external drive as normal (ignoring the sync folder). Anything that you do place in the sync folder allows the files on the internal hard drives to be synchronized with ones on the external or vice versa. eg if 2 copies of a file exist with different dates for example, when synchronized, the older copy should be replaced with the newer copy.

Please correct me anyone if I am talking complete crap here, this explaination has been based largely on an educated guess!

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Thank you Samm,that's what I was thinking myself.
I bought it really to store music & video files & I did transfer a few over today & they seemed to work ok.

Thanks again :tazz:
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You're welcome but like I said, I may be completely wrong (it's unusual but always possible!)
Wait and see if anyone else here can confirm or add to what I've said.
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I'll keep checking back :tazz:
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I guess you have found out the best way of using your freecom by now..... but for anyone else looking, the freecom sync folder is actully a "briefcase". These are special directories in windows used for synchronising files between 2 systems (or between a system and removable media)....e.g. your desktop and a usb drive.

When you copy a file or directory into a briefcase, windows keeps track of where it came from. If you take the briefcase away from your system (e.g. unplug the usb and use it elsewhere) then plug it back in at a later date (e.g. after you have been working on usb copy of the files at home) you can ask windows to re-synch the briefcase.... in which case it looks for the new / deleted / changed files in both the original location and in the briefcase, and gives you the option of bringing them back into step with one another.

hope this helps!

now I'm about to add a post of my own asking for the best way of synching the "my documents" folders from 4 different users on the same XP system :whistling:

Dave R.
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