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SyncToy

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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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.9 stars

    out of 69 votes

    • 5 star: 25
    • 4 star: 28
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 7
  • Current version:

    3.9 stars

    out of 46 votes

    • 5 star: 18
    • 4 star: 18
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 5.0 stars

    "GSCopy Pro v6.0"

    November 14, 2013  |   By appel01

    Version: SyncToy 2.1

    Pros

    GSCopy Pro v6.0 (RoboCopy Alternative) with Open File Agent

    Cons

    It can easily be scheduled to run as a scheduled task and fully automated.

    Summary

    GSCopy Pro v6.0 (RoboCopy Alternative) with Open File Agent
    GSCopyPro is a single command-line tool (CLI) that can copy, replicate and move files from one folder to another. This folder can be on the same machine/ server or another server elsewhere. What makes GSCopyPro stand out from other competitors is the fact it works on 32-bit as well as 64-bit systems and has no restrictions. GSCopyPro also comes with an open file agent which can copy files that are locked/ opened by other processes. This feature is supported in all windows vSCersions from widows XP/ 2003 and later.
    Go To:>> http://www.gurusquad.com/GSCOPYPRO

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple and easy to use"

    October 29, 2013  |   By Carlos_Reyes

    Version: SyncToy 2.1

    Pros

    Simple user friendly interface
    Excellent backup to prevent data loss from programmes like Cryptolocker

    Cons

    none that I can think of

    Summary

    Using this to sync my docs with a thumb drive in case of a catastrophic data loss event or Cryptolocker infection (have some careless co-workers on my work network). It's perfect for backing up any changes at days end and removing the drive for safe keeping. One reviewer stated it does not work on Win7. I must disagree. my office comp is Win7 and it works like a charm. Running win8 on home laptop, with no issues either.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "My new favorite software"

    February 3, 2013  |   By AaronRicci

    Version: SyncToy 2.1

    Pros

    it's awesome and easy to use

    Cons

    cannot set a schedule directly from the program, have to use windows task scheduler

    Summary

    I have it set so every time I unlock my pc my skydrive, google drive, and flashdrive (lots of driving) all sync together

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Has some issues with encrypted files."

    October 31, 2012  |   By benkis

    Version: SyncToy 2.1

    Pros

    Extremely easy to use.

    Cons

    You can't sync encrypted files with it, pretty dumb since it is a Microsoft software (although they don't care about it since it is a 2010 version).

    Summary

    It is really useful if you just want to sync a couple of folders between a external drive and your computer, but keep in mind that it doesn't sync encrypted files.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Nice program"

    October 17, 2012  |   By CVBT

    Version: SyncToy 2.1

    Pros

    It's user friendly. It takes a minute to understand the necessary concepts of Echo, Combine and Contribute. Once that is out of the way the interface is straight forward. The Preview mode is quite useful. Although the CNET summary says this program is not schedulable, there is a whole section in the help on how to schedule it using the Windows scheduler and command line options.

    Cons

    I had to keep resizing the columns to see what I wanted in preview mode.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does what it says"

    September 11, 2012  |   By KevinProv

    Version: SyncToy 2.1

    Pros

    mutiple folders. choice of syncing one way, two ways, deleting or not deleting, etc.

    Cons

    needs to be run manually.

    Summary

    I was hoping for something that ran (quietly) in the background, and always kept my usb updated, but I guess you have to pay for that type of program.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Hasn't successfully run yet after 6 tries."

    June 5, 2012  |   By ukepete

    Version: SyncToy 2.1

    Pros

    I used it previously and it worked fine.

    Cons

    I tried it on my Windows 7 Machine and it chokes.

    Summary

    I keep getting an Exception during run: The directory or file cannot be created.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Does not work with Win7"

    March 19, 2012  |   By dennphill

    Version: SyncToy 2.1

    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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple, efficient file synchronization"

    February 14, 2012  |   By jmstanford

    Version: SyncToy 2.1

    Pros

    I works well. Easy to set up. Stable and robust. Effective.

    Cons

    It won't make you breakfast or take out the garbage.

    Summary

    If you need file synchronization, this is quite handy.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works as expeted"

    February 8, 2012  |   By mezelle

    Version: SyncToy 2.1

    Pros

    Also works with Windows task scheduler for scheduled, automated backups

    Cons

    None yet, but have only tried one type of backup to date (Echo).

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