This article shows how to create a network share to backup or synchronize files from a desktop (source) to a computer on the network (destination).
The following article from Microsoft explains how to create and configure networking on Windows Vista:
Disclaimer: Windows XP is not officially supported. The below information is provided for reference purposes only.
The following article from Microsoft explains how to create and configure networking on Windows XP:
You must first share your destination folder on the network. You can do this by:
- Run Windows File Explorer on your networked PC
- Right-click on the directory you want to sync with (or store your backup files)
- Select Sharing and Security... from the pop-up menu
- Select Share this folder
- Click the Permissions button
- Tick the Full Control item under the Allow column and click OK
- Click OK
Now on your desktop:
- Run SyncBack
- Modify/create your profile
- Click the folder button next to the Destination/Right
- Navigate to My Network Places
- You should see the folder you shared in that list, if not double-click on Entire Network
- Then double-click Microsoft Windows Network
- Then double-click on your workgroup name (which may be Workgroup, then default name)
- Then double-click on the name of your notebook computer
- You should now see the folder you shared earlier. Click on it and click OK.
Note: it's likely that network access to files hosted on machines running later versions of Windows (by another networked machine running an earlier
version of Windows) may be more problematic due to (more) restrictive
security in the newer version of Windows, and/or security modes, access
tokens, etc., that differ between the two systems). Older versions of Windows are generally less restrictive in that respect, so you
may have more success installing on the machine with the newer Windows
version and accessing the older machine/version's files over the
network. Such a setup may thus be able to access the files on both sides
An alternative to using a network share is to use SyncBack Touch. SyncBack Touch is a cross-platform file server. It lets SyncBackPro and SyncBackSE copy files to and from another device, e.g. Windows, OS X or Android device, over the network (LAN or Internet). SyncBackLite and SyncBackFree cannot use SyncBack Touch.
Simply install SyncBack Touch on the device you want to access the files on and then create a profile in SyncBackPro/SE to use that device.
There are advantages to using SyncBack Touch in this case, e.g. you can copy open/locked files and don't need to worry about Windows passwords.