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Editors' Rating:
Excellent
Average User Rating:
out of 68 votes out of 45 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.1
  • Total Downloads:
    139,806
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 24, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    2.88MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    80
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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If you're looking for a convenient, uncomplicated, and stable synchronization tool, you could do much, much worse than Microsoft's SyncToy. Part of the Windows XP PowerToys add-ons, this tool makes it easy to keep folder contents identical on one machine or across a network.

The first time you run it, SyncToy will guide you through creating a pair of linked folders. Labeled as Left and Right, it will then ask you to choose from one of five synchronization methods. Echo works like a standard one-way sync, copying all files from Left to Right. Synchronize is bidirectional; Contribute works like Echo but it won't delete files removed from the Left folder; Subscribe only updates files in common that have been updated; and Combine merges Synchronize and Contribute so that files are updated in both directions, but none are deleted. SyncToy does support encrypted files.

SyncToy also offers up a preview, preventing accidental loss of data. However, the two feature omissions are hard to ignore: you can't synchronize across the Internet, and there's no scheduler. For the former, Microsoft does offer a different tool, FolderShare, but by requiring users to manually sync all folders leaves SyncToy behind other free backup apps.

 
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  • Current Version

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    out of 45 votes

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    out of 68 votes

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    • 4 star 28
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    • 1 star 7
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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.1
Version 2.1 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Microsoft
Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
Release Date February 24, 2010
Date Added February 24, 2010
Version 2.1
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
Download Information
File Size 2.88MB
File Name SyncToySetupPackage_v21_x86.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 139,806
Downloads Last Week 80
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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