SyncToy is a freeware Windows application for data transfer, synchronization and backup, from external hard disk, USB flash disk or MP3 player to your computer, and vice versa – in a very simple way.
A program interface is very simple to use and shows all available functionalities of the program. This program contains various features to satisfy needs of an average user, and the more advanced users as well.
Creating folder pair
Before you start transferring your data from one folder to another, you need to create two folders and pair them, where the number of pairs is unlimited. So, run the program and click on the button Create New Folder Pair:
In the next Window you need to select two folders: left and right. Left folder is source, and the right folder is destination of the transferred data.
The most important part of this procedure is a type of the data transfer:
Synchronize – transfers all files that appear in another folder. Using this option, two folders are completely synchronized and have identical content.
Echo – new and updated files are transferred from the left to the right folder, where files found in the right folder are renamed or deleted in the left folder.
Contribute – almost the same as echo; the difference is that files are not deleted.
The final step is defining a name for your folder pair:
Click on the FINISH button to finish this procedure, and you folder pair shows in the list of defined folder pairs.
In order to transfer files with the method you’ve defined, click on the Run button for every pair:
or choose the option ALL FOLDER PAIRS and click on RUN ALL button, to apply the run procedure on all defined pairs.
Microsoft also considered advanced users and their needs. Choose a pair and click on Change options toaccess additional settings.
The next window shows all advanced options in the program:
Let’s explain these options:
Files to include – transfers selected type of file (jpg, png, exe and other)
Files to exclude – excludes transfer of specified files
Exclude read-only files – excludes transfer of files with a read only attribute
Exclude hidden files – excludes transfer for all hidden files
>Exclude system files – excludes transfer for system files
Select subfolder – specifies a subfolder of the main paired folder to transfer files.
Active for run all – shows a pair in the list of all pairs
Save overwritten files in Recycle Bin – stores files that have been overwritten in Trash
Check file contents – additionally analyses the contents of the files
Automatic data transfer
If you want to schedule the data transfer you can use Task Scheduler tool in Windows.
Great little software with no complicated settings and unnecessary features, distributed as freeware and designed for 32-bit i 64-bit operating systems. Operating system Windows XP and above are supported.
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