If you would like to use TurboBid on multiple computers that are not on a local area network (LAN), we recommend using Microsoft’s OneDrive. OneDrive will automatically synchronize TurboBid’s database between all of your computers. The only restriction is that only one computer can make changes to the database at any given time. By using OneDrive, each of your computer’s will have a database installed on it’s hard drive, as well as an identical copy of the database stored in the cloud.
OneDrive comes preinstalled on Windows 10 and Windows 8.1. (Note: OneDrive is not supported on Windows XP.)
If you don’t already have OneDrive on your computer, you can download it at: https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/download/
To use a OneDrive database in TurboBid, you first have to upload the database to OneDrive:
You can find the TurboBid database file on your computer at ‘This PC\Documents\TurboBid 4.0\4.0 Database’.
- If you use the electrical database, you want to upload the ‘TurboBid3.mdf’ file to OneDrive.
- If you use the plumbing database, you want to upload the ‘TurboBid3 Plumbing.mdf’ file to OneDrive.
For information on topics such as how to upload documents to OneDrive, how to download your OneDrive documents to your computer, etc., please refer to the following link: http://www.gcflearnfree.org/print/onedrive/upload--sync--and-manage-files?playlist=OneDrive_and_Office_Online
After you have your database uploaded to OneDrive, and have downloaded the OneDrive database to all of your computers that you use TurboBid on, you then need to set TurboBid to use the OneDrive database (The OneDrive database can be found in your computers OneDrive folder):
Open TurboBid and then go to ‘File > Select Database’.
- After you chose to close your current database, you will be able to browse for, and select, the TurboBid database in your computer’s OneDrive folder.
Now, as long as you have your computer’s OneDrive files set to automatically synchronize with your OneDrive account and an internet connection, when exiting TurboBid on one computer, the database would be synced to OneDrive. This means that, as long as all of your computer’s are using the OneDrive database, the next time you use TurboBid on your other computers, all of the databases would reflect the changes made on other computers. You don’t need to transfer the file or do any work to store it anywhere. OneDrive will automatically save the changes to the database, and update the database file on the other computers.