View Full Version : Is there software that will compare directories on unconnected computers?
03-09-2007, 10:43 AM
A year or so ago when my laptop got recalled by my employer, I took my MP3 archive and transfered it to my computer at work. I have since got a new computer at home, and copied all my files back to my home machine. I haven't kept both copies current though, and now I have some music on each one that is not on the other. Is there any way to do a comparisson between the file contents of two unconnected machines? I'm imagining something that will scan the folders I specify on one machine, make a note of all the file names, then scan the second machine and compare the two, giving me a report of the differences between them. Is this realistic?
03-09-2007, 01:51 PM
If you're comfortable using the command line, you could use a cmp (http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/packages/diffutils.htm) (comparison) tool on the directory output of the two machines. (You might be able to find a GUI cmp program).
In a nutshell:
Open the Windows Command Prompt on the first machine
CD to the directory with the MP3s (“cd c:\mymusic” or whatever)
Type “dir /s >a:\mymp3s.txt” to copy your directory listing to a floppy disk.
Take your floppy to the other computer and repeat the process (using a different file name).
Use your cmp program to see the difference between the two.
03-10-2007, 03:34 AM
Windows contains in the Accessories folder the Synchronization Manager, which is intended to keep a mobile laptop computer files sync'd with your main PC.
There is also the Microsoft ActiveSync 4.5 software. This is a free download (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/activesync/activesync45.mspx). It appears to be an updated product to do the same kind of syncing, but set to only work with recent Microsoft products.
Either of these might do what you want.
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