Alternate File Move is a free program for Windows that you may use to keep files in sync between two folders that you set up on first run of the software program.
You have plenty of options if you want to keep files in sync between two folders. You can check out our overview of the best free file synchronization programs for Windows for instance as a start.
File Move is not a real-time program that runs in the background at all times to sync files as soon as changes are noticed.
Instead, it runs only on user command. While that limits it somewhat, it is ideal for situations where you don't require real-time sync. If you know that contents of the source folder only change ever so often, say once a month, using a real-time sync client may be overkill as it uses system resources all month long as it needs to run in the background.
File Move displays all options in the main interface on start. The interface is divided into three main sections:
Add at least one source and one destination folder to the program. You may hit the analyze button right away to get all files listed as well as the total count of files. What is not listed unfortunately is the total size of all files on the source folders.
The execute and synchronize buttons at the bottom may cause some confusion as it is not clear how they differ. Execute runs any pending file operations, while synchronize analyze and then execute. So, they do the same more or less.
You may want to check the options at least once before you hit any of the two buttons though.
The default sync mode adds missing files to the destination folder, and replaces any matching files if the size is different.
You can switch the latter to replacing files with different dates, different content, or a combination of the three.
File Move won't remove any files in the destination folder if they are no longer found in the source folder. A check of "remove files that are not in the source folder" changes that. Lastly, you may include empty folders in the operation, and enable the shut down of the program or Windows in the post-processing options.
There is also a second options menu under view in the menu bar. The options listed on the extra page let you filter files by name or extension, change the algorithm used to compare files (MD5 by default), ignore write protection, change the copy buffer, and have the program create a report at the end of the operation.
Source and destination folder contents can be saved to the local disk, and opened at a later point in time.
File Move is a straightforward file sync software that is compatible with all recent and even not so recent versions of Windows. The program syncs on demand only, and ships with a good set of options.
It could use a couple of extra features and options, like listing the space required to sync all files, and the space available in the destination folder.
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