SyncToy is a great free utility for Windows which allows you to sync or backup different directories on your system. SyncToy is a great way to keep to different directories in sync be it your documents directory and is backup on a USB stick or your Digital Camera memory and your Pictures directory or your backup to a Network Drive or NAS.
SyncToy is great for any user and it allows you to keep your directories in sync in just a few clicks. This is how it works,
1. You setup a Folder Pair
2. Choose the Sync direction (bi-directional or one-way)
3. Set inclusion/exclusion options
4. And, that’s it.
It really is as simple as that. Synctoy also allows you to have more than 1 folder pair and customize options specific to that folder pair.
When you run SyncToy for the first time, you will be asked to create a folder pair. Click “Create Folder Pair“, select the left and right folders on your system. These could be your external hard drive, your USB Stick or a network share of NAS.
Once selected, choose the Sync option. Here you are presented with an option to Synchronize bi-directional (Synchronize) where files from either side are synchronized. This is ideal where both the directories are constantly used and updated all the time. If you are performing something as simple as a backup where you actively working on files on one directory and would like the other directory to serve as a backup or another repository then choose the (Echo) option where the left directory is synched with the right directory. Now, name the pair and finish to start the synchronzing the folders. You can then edit the sync options like setting include/exclude patterns, excluding specfic file types etc from “Change options“.
Create as many folder pairs as required and you can see how wonderful a tool this is. SyncToy is based on Microsoft Sync Framework and is supported on 64-bit and 32-bit hardware.
Click here to download and install SyncToy.
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