Microsoft SyncToy is a free program by Microsoft that adds data synchronization capabilities to supported Windows devices.
The advancements in digital storage technologies made manufacturers use digital storage in different types of devices. You find storage in digital cameras, mobile phones, tablets, laptops, video game systems and other electronic devices nowadays.
The increase in storage devices separates files a person has access to. Most devices come with options to connect them to PCs or other computers for file transfers, however.
Then there is the trend to use a desktop computer and laptop or netbook or mobile Internet device and the desire to have the same files and data available on all computers.Users may want to have access to their emails, contacts, photos, bookmarks and other files on any device they use. One of the better methods to ensure that this is the case is file synchronization.
Microsoft SyncToy is the second installment of the synchronization software by Microsoft. Its primary goal is to provide Windows users with an easy to use data synchronization software.
SyncToy comes in a version for 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating systems and requires the Microsoft .net Framework 2.0 or above.
Microsoft SyncToy uses so-called folder pairs for syncing. After selecting two folders from connected partitions or devices, you have to define the type of synchronization that should take place. SyncToy supports the following sync methods:
After creating the folder pairs and selecting the synchronization option, custom options can be changed. These custom options let you exclude individual files and folders from the synchronization and to specify criteria for checking if data is identical.
To be effective, Microsoft SyncToy has to be added to the Windows Scheduler to be run regularly. This is done by creating a new task in the Windows Scheduler that makes use of SyncToyCmd.exe and the -R parameter which affects that all synchronizations that are set to Run are executed.
Microsoft SyncToy is a handy program for Windows. It is not the most user-friendly file synchronization software and not updated anymore, but it may still be sufficient for many use cases.
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