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February 11, 2010

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Just as another option - Microsoft has a free syncing program - Live Sync. I use this on my netbook and desktop to keep my database the same on both computers. I simply install the program on both computers and then set up Live Sync to syncronise the Legacy program folder between the 2 computers. Best of all - IT'S FREE!

I've taken the plunge and installed Dropbox. I've shifted all my data to the My Dropbox folder and everything seems to be working fine. I can now use my Legacy on 2 pc's.

Except I've just come across a problem that was previously asked about by Kent Robinson.
I too use XP on my pc and W7 on my laptop. The directory structure is slightly different between both OS and so the locations directory structure changes within the Legacy program when I use one or the other. I've posted a message to the Dropbox forum if there is a work around. Keep you posted.

@ Kent Robinson
I've sorted out my minor problem with Dropbox.
Dropbox installs to My Documents which has a different directory structure between XP and Windows 7. The trick is to right click on the Dropbox icon on the systray (bottom-right), click on Preferences and move the Dropbox folder to c:\... simple really.
Oh, BTW. I'm still sendinf the backups to the default directory of Legacy. Just in case...

I'd recommend Dropbox to anyone.

@C Knight:
Why not just add a D partition to your laptop so that your computer drives are structured alike?

My desktop is no longer connected to the internet. As I cannot therefore update legacy I will not be able to restore from my laptop as legacy won't open newer versions. Any way this can be updated perhaps by copying files to usb keys?

I'm a fan of Dropbox. The reason being that I needed to use Dropbox to allow me to make the most of Legacy7. I often visit libraries and Archives and collect data, process it on my laptop and then need to synchronise it with my deskop when I get home. Dropbox is perfect for this. As one contrubtor noted, wait a few moments between closing Legacy7 and shutting down the computer: give Dropbox time to synchronise. For home network users, Dropbox also has an option to synchronise over your LAN rather than the Internet.

@Al Jensen

That would be ideal to have a D partition on the laptop but I think I would have to rebuild my system to do that(reload Windows, etc.). Maybe there is some software that allows you to create a new partition without wiping out everything. For now, I've just moved my multimedia files to drive C on the home PC and that is working fine when I switch to the laptop.

In order to keep everything synced on my PC and laptop I use Microsoft Live Sync. A free program that syncs over the internet. I just select the entire Legacy program folder and everything is transfered. Just be sure you don't make a change on one then make a change on the other before you sync it - you will loose data!

I have tried the way suggested and find this to be the very easiest way.

Open window Explorer by right clicking the start button. Find the Legacy file on your C drive, and copy the whole file by right clicking. Then right click the drive you want to save it to and select copy. By doing it this way you are not installing Legacy again, so do not need to reset all your Legacy settings again. Additionally, many lap tops do not have a disk drive or are netbooks which means they do not have a hard drive to install the Legacy program on. So you run the program from your portable drive regarless of which computer you are using.

Cheers!

Is there any way to access Legacy on Apple IPad?

Alta - hopefully within a week or so the "Families" application will allow you to run Legacy Family Tree from an iPhone or iPad.

Will this work. Get a sync program. I use one called Allway Sync to sync My desktop and my Laptop. The basic version is free for moderate personal use. You can sync it in more then one direction if you need it. Legacy is installed on both computers. I set a schedule daily and sync my Folder called Legacy from my desktop Legacy folder on my laptop in a oneway sync. All my work is done on the desktop. I use the laptop to take on trips to show my trees (8), and as a backup in case of one computer fails. This method copies everything and I have not had a problem. PS I also backup to a USB 3 hardrive once a week my Legacy folder and another folder called Gen that contains all my Census and image files of documents. Doing this for a few years without problems.

Thanks for the DropBox information. I have been looking for a way to get relatives to easily view and keep in sync with my master files. I think I can perhaps have them automatically sync my drop box location (which is not in Legacy) directly to their C:\Legacy\Data and C:\Legacy\Pictures folders. It seems most of my relatives cannot handle file copy and paste instructions, perhaps they can't handle DropBox either but certainly some of them can. Thanks again. GJW

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