I'm test driving File Syncing Software. So far it's been the venerable SyncBack and SecondCopy. Neither program does what I need. I'm running two Win7 64 PC 's on a gigabit network. They are two powerful identical, equal status workstations. I'm a busy photographer.
The plan is to keep the folder of "Current Projects" on each computer synced with each other. I've set up the preferences in SyncBack/SecondCopy to do Manual Sync. During coffee or meal breaks I'd run the profile. The same file would never be open simultaneously on the two machines.
All syncing software requires a Source and a Destination. In my case this is Computer A and Computer B. If I'm working on the Source machine (Computer A) and delete files, when I run the profile the same files are deleted on the Destination machine (Computer B). This was expected.
However, if I'm working on the Destination machine, and delete files, I'll run the profile, but nothing gets deleted from the Source machine. And if I run the profile again, the files I deleted while working on the Destination machine are restored again. Grrr. This was not expected.
SecondCopy help suggests tinkering with Windows Folder Permissions. Two friendly, respected software propellor-heads have advised that under no circumstances should one fiddle with Windows Folder Permissions. It's asking for trouble. OK.
I'm thinking that SyncBack/SecondCopy is not so much designed as full Syncing software, but for creating and maintaining backups. I'm handling too high a volume to do accurate, consistant deletes manually across two workstations.
If the Deletes issue is an unmovable reality of File Syncing Software, maybe the only way I can achieve my goal is to keep my "Current Projects" folder on a very fast server or NAS on our gigabit network. eg http://www.synology.com/enu/products/DS1511+/index.php
has tested as over 3 times faster than DROBO FS on our gigabit network.
I've tried doing this with our DROBO FS but the transfers are just far too slow....make that glacial! As an aside, think hard before you buy DROBO FS. If you need speed you must look elsewhere. DROBO may be fine as an additional "Bucket" where Read/Write speed is of little consequence.
If this is familiar territory to anyone, I'd love to hear your experience. The goal is to identify software to keep the folder of "Current Projects" on two powerful identical, equal status workstations fully synced with each other, including deleted files in both directions. ie Source/Destinataion and Destination/Source.