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At the moment I use sync software to copy files to other machines, so they have the same files within a matter of minues. But the software is slow and hogs cpu time on my desktop pc.

Ideally I'd like to use a hard drive in an enclosure as a sort of mini file server, which will backup files.

This probably sounds pretty screwed up, I probably need a simple solution.

I guess I basically need to create backups of files on multiple machines and be able to access the latest version of these files on different machines.

I have tried cloud sync software but this seems quite slow or expensive.

I'd be glad to discuss possible solutions ?

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DropBox. It has a LAN feature which will copy files on the same LAN pretty quickly (but it will still go into the "cloud" anyway). Check it out. –  user3463 Feb 12 '11 at 18:38
    
Check this: superuser.com/tags/sync/faq and more specifically, check out the answers to this question: superuser.com/questions/13493/… –  fretje Feb 12 '11 at 18:57

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You said you tried a cloud sync software, which?

I'd like to mention Dropbox, it has LAN sync, so files on other machines getting updated shortly. Which amount of data you're talking about?

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