Automatically sync a folder when content change


  1. Posts : 107
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    Automatically sync a folder when content change


    I have a folder on my PC where I keep photos displayed on a photo frame. The photo frame doesn't pick the photos directly from this folder though but instead from an external USB drive. At this point I manually sync the external USB drive with the folder where I keep my photos using a simple batch file and the robocopy command.

    What I would like if possible is for my batch file to be executed whenever anything changes in the folder where I keep the photos meaning the external USB drive would be automatically updated instead of me having to run the batch file manually.

    Sorry for the maybe a bit confusing explanation but in short what I'm wondering is if there's an easy way to have the contents in folder B synced with folder A whenever something changes in folder A.

    Thanks in advance for any tips!
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    File Sync Backup Software | GoodSync
    e.g?

    Then there are programs that monitor folders for changes, and some could possibly launch your batch file
    10 Tools to Monitor Files and Folders for Changes in Real Time • Raymond.CC
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  3. Posts : 107
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    dalchina said:
    File Sync Backup Software | GoodSync
    e.g?

    Then there are programs that monitor folders for changes, and some could possibly launch your batch file
    10 Tools to Monitor Files and Folders for Changes in Real Time • Raymond.CC
    I tried GoodSync and it worked perfectly, thanks for the tip!
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    Glad it's useful. Sometimes trying to do these things ad-hoc deals with the basics but leaves exception handling weak. A long-standing robust product (assuming it is- it's been around some years) can be better.
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    If you leave your backup drive attached at all times, if a virus or a malware or a ransomware hits your computer, both your original and your backup drives will probably suffer loss. I recommend connecting the backup drive to the computer and syncing several times a day or less often daily. And, of course, keeping your security software updated as often as updates become available.
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  6. Posts : 107
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    Thanks for the tip but I'm very cautious, well protected plus I also keep an external backup away from my computer.
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  7. Posts : 1,554
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    Good going! Keep on keepin' on :)
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