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Syncing between two computers

Syncing between two computers

AUXurEsPRoutersewcaTIo
Explorer | Level 4

Computer A and Computer B, same owner.  The Dropbox app is installed on both with three folders.

 

Goal: Sync Dropbox folders between A and B.

 

Problem: A Dropbox file is updated on A and so Dropbox updates the file.  Then B is turned on and "updates" the Dropbox file back down to the old version which was on B.

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Re: Syncing between two computers

Jay
Dropboxer
Hi @AUXurEsPRoutersewcaTIo, thanks for providing these details!

This can happen mainly due to two reasons. 

If computer B hasn't been switched on in a while, and is running an older version of the Dropbox desktop application, then it could overwrite the version of the file back to the old one.

Another possibility is that an app or service is using that old version of the file constantly (like a configuration file for instance). Therefore, the file is considered locked, and might update the site with the old version.

Do either of these situations apply in your scenario? If not, could you let me know more about the type of file that isn't syncing?

Jay
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Re: Syncing between two computers

AUXurEsPRoutersewcaTIo
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The computers are each used every few days.  One is mostly for local travel to meetings while the other is in the home office.

 

Examples of file types: Excel spreadsheets, pdfs that get edited.

 

Another scenario: A file is created on Computer A and moved to a Dropbox folder on Computer A so that it is uploaded to Dropbox.  Computer B should then have that file in the same folder, right?  And if a Dropbox file was removed from Computer A, then it should be removed from Computer B, right?

 

I may be misunderstanding the definition of syncing.

Re: Syncing between two computers

Jay
Dropboxer
This is how syncing works, additions, edits and deletions are sync to the site and then to any other connected device.

If the file is being updated from computer B, then perhaps that file is being accessed or updated to make it the 'newer' version, before it has a chance to sync.

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