SyncToy

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 69 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0
  • Total Downloads:
    120,430
  • Date Added:
    September 18, 2008
  • File Size:
    2.88MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    176
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista

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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User Reviews
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3 stars

"Haven't used yet"

January 20, 2010  |  By Shailady

 |  Version: SyncToy 2.0

Pros

Seems to be easy to use

Cons

Not sure yet.

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5 stars

"Excellent software. Very easy to use."

January 14, 2010  |  By cpa1227sc

 |  Version: SyncToy 2.0

Pros

Very easy to setup and use.

Cons

None so far.

Summary

I have used this program for a while now. I haven't experienced any problems. This program is very easy to setup and use.

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5 stars

"great too. easy to use."

December 31, 2009  |  By lorriesmith

 |  Version: SyncToy 2.0

Pros

simplicity at it's best.

Cons

don't know of any.

Summary

a great tool for any computer! makes saving files and folders to the appropriate destination a snap!

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4 stars

"Quick, easy to use."

November 18, 2009  |  By Rod C Smith

 |  Version: SyncToy 2.0

Pros

Follow the instructions to set up. Press the button and it is done. Easily customised.

Cons

Would like to see the whole file address in the window and be able to modify it.

Summary

Love it. So quick and can be used across wireless networks.

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4 stars

"Is faster than previous version"

November 13, 2009  |  By dtederous

 |  Version: SyncToy 2.0

Pros

Faster than previous version

Cons

Interupts system

Summary

Woth the update.

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4 stars

"Very handy tool to perform backups and file transfer"

November 10, 2009  |  By Raffy3

 |  Version: SyncToy 2.0

Pros

Quick and full featured

Cons

Quite complex to handle and easily made mistakes.

Summary

Don't consider this as a toy. It's a usable backup program, but it takes some tine to get used to it. Microsoft should include this standard in the software, now specially since the backup function in Live OneCare is stopped.

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4 stars

"great product use it all the time to sync HD to USB"

November 04, 2009  |  By adrianstubbs

 |  Version: SyncToy 2.0

Pros

simple and easy to use. can see what will happen before actually sync'ing

Cons

non to report - its free

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5 stars

"no matter which of my PCs I use - my data is with me"

October 28, 2009  |  By filmmakerdaniel

 |  Version: SyncToy 2.0

Pros

awesomely simple, incredibly useful

Cons

none at all

Summary

If you have more than one PC - syncing will greatly help. No more USB-drives. For me it's really a finding. And free. From Microsoft. Oulala.

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5 stars

"I love it. It's free, easy to use, works great for me!"

October 22, 2009  |  By donnamae333

 |  Version: SyncToy 2.0

Pros

None for me.

Cons

Free, easy to use.

Summary

I needed a quick, simple back up to a USB storage device. Set up doesn't take long, and from then on it's pretty much a one click deal.

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4 stars

"Lets me sync my laptop to my desktop over wifi!"

September 15, 2009  |  By arismd

 |  Version: SyncToy 2.0

Pros

It's free, and it does what it's supposed to do -- sync! One can even add it to the task scheduler, so that it syncs folders in the background.

Cons

None at the moment.

Summary

If you want to keep your documents, pictures, music, and videos in sync between different computers, this is the right software for you.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0
Version 2.0 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Microsoft
Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
Release Date September 18, 2008
Date Added September 18, 2008
Version 2.0
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements Windows XP/Vista, Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
Download Information
File Size 2.88MB
File Name SyncToySetupPackage_v21_x86.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 120,430
Downloads Last Week 176
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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