Download and install SugarSync Free on each PC (you’ll have to
register and send your e-mail address in order to complete the
installation), then on each PC tell the software what files and
folders you want to keep synchronized. SugarSync uploads those
files to your free online backup, and synchronizes them between
your PCs. For those, like me, who have a Mac in addition to a PC,
it will synchronize between a PC and a Mac as well.
Whenever you make a change to a file that you want to keep
synchronized–and you’re connected to the Internet–SugarSync
uploads the changed file to your online backup, and also
synchronizes the file on your other computer. If you’re not online,
or the other computer isn’t online, it waits until you’re online or
the other computer is, and uploads the file and performs the
synchronization then. It’s a two-step process: First you choose
which folders to back up. Then you choose which folders to sync
with another computer. So if you prefer, you can back up folders,
but decline to have them synchronized among computers.
There are a lot of extras as well, such as the ability to share
files and folders with others. SugarSync also keeps old versions of
your files, so that you can revert to earlier versions as well.
Who should use SugarSync? Any PC or Mac user–whether at home or
the office–who wants free backup space, or needs to keep more than
one computer in sync.
Note: The free version of SugarSync will allow
you to keep only two computers synchronized, and has a limit of 5GB
online storage space. You can purchase for-pay plans with more
storage space, which allow you to synchronize among multiple PCs,
and which has faster upload speeds. Prices range from $5 per month
to $25 per month.