SyncToy

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    "Does not work with Win7"

    March 19, 2012  |   By dennphill

    Pros

    Free. Lots of entries on MS forum for SyncToy users having problems and no resolutions - so you can have company. May work with small number of files/directories according to some. Was quick to finish, though it failed to do a proper synchronization for a large number of pictures.

    Cons

    Failed to Sync between computers, both with Win7 64-bit and SP1 - Desktop having 14.9 GBs of pictures (in multiple directories and sub-directories) with a Laptop that had some of the files already on it.

    Summary

    Pictures: I have 14.9 GB in multiple files and directories...accumulated by subject or place/trip or date and so on...and some d/led from my old computers with identifying directories and sub-directories. Lots of trips, lots of travels, lots of memories. Simply copied picture files at the time I bought my most recent laptop (mass dump that took forever), but have added many more files and directories (and pictures!) to my desktop since. Thought it best to simply delete pix (directories, sub-dirs and all pictures) off the laptop and do the recopy thing, but searched around, saw SyncToy and d/led ver. 2.1 today, thinking it would work. (Microsoft lied.) Followed instructions, made a folder pair and tried to sync the pix on the desktop with the laptop (both on the same wireless network now), but after thousands of failures - individual files, with no reason given for failure - and SyncToy saying "successful finish but with errors," the resultant laptop files were nothing like the desktop. Re-tried, then deleted the pair and re-tried everything again, but I end up with about 10.4 GB on the laptop (instead of the 14.9 GBs on the desktop, and directories that look nothing like the desktop. Directories missing, and those that are there do not have all files (or sub-directories) - it's a mess. I rate the program a failure. Apparently most people have problems of one sort or another. I guess what you get for nothing is just that - nothing. And looking at forum closer, I see other claims of failure with similar problems and no resolutions. Using Desktop with Windows 7 Home Premium, w/SP1, and same on laptop.

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