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Win SCP

How on earth do I use Win SCP? I read the read-me, but I'm still stumped.

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Do You Need It?

First question is, do you need to use it? Blum

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I want to syncronise files from home. Often, my flashdrive is not good with large files, (EX, project 64) And I can't get it to my launcer at my home away from home school PC. My home PC is slow and bad. I'm actually going to have my dad reinstall windows on it, (again) and give it a freash start.

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But WinSCP is for transfers to/from an ssh or sftp server

Do you have ssh or sftp server software running on either of the PCs involved, correctly configured so that it is reachable through the firewalls involved?

I'm guessing that the answer is probably "no", in which case the short answer is that you can't use winscp.

If you do have one or other of them, then I'd suggest talking to whoever set those up, since they'll be able to give you all of the connection details that you'll need for WinSCP. But WinSCP is just a client, without the server half of the system, it won't do you much good.

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I don't understand intirely what you mean. Can somebody make a how to video or something? The readme is practicly useless to me.

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If you don't know, you probably can't

OK, to use WinSCP to copy a file, you need two things... you need the client software, and the server software.

The client software is WinSCP, which you have, but you can only use it if you also have the server software set up on the remote PC that you want to connect to. If you don't know for sure, then you almost certainly haven't, and it is not a simple thing to set up.

It is kind of the equivalent of using firefox to download a page. The client software can do the transfer, but unless you also have web server software like apache or IIS set up on the other machine, you can't use "just" firefox to do anything much.

You would very probably know if you had an ssh server installed already. The fact that you're not sure means that you almost certainly haven't. That means that WinSCP is basically no use to you for what you want to do. Sorry.

Setting an ssh server up is way, way beyond what we could cover on this forum, as is configuring your firewall correctly and safely so that you can access it remotely. It is also a real security risk to do it, unless you properly understand the process, since it can leave your PC totally exposed to attacks if you make errors in the process.

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