SyncToy v2.0

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  1. NICK ADSL UK

    NICK ADSL UK Administrator

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    SyncToy v2.0
    Brief Description

    SyncToy helps you copy, move, rename, and delete files between folders and computers quickly and easily.

    Overview
    SyncToy 2.0 for Windows is available as a free download from the Microsoft Download Center. The easy to use, customizable application helps you copy, move, rename, and delete files between folders and computers.

    There are files from all kinds of sources that we want to store and manage. Files are created by our digital cameras, e-mail, cell phones, portable media players, camcorders, PDAs, and laptops. Increasingly, computer users are using different folders, drives, and even different computers (such as a laptop and a desktop) to store, manage, retrieve and view files. Yet managing hundreds or thousands of files is still largely a manual operation. In some cases it is necessary to regularly get copies of files from another location to add to primary location; in other cases there is a need to keep two storage locations exactly in sync. Some users manage files manually, dragging and dropping from one place to another and keeping track of whether the locations are synchronized in their heads. Other users may use two or more applications to provide this functionality.

    Now there is an easier way. SyncToy, a free PowerToy for Microsoft Windows, is an easy to use, highly customizable program that helps users to do the heavy lifting involved with the copying, moving, and synchronization of different directories. Most common operations can be performed with just a few clicks of the mouse, and additional customization is available without additional complexity. SyncToy can manage multiple sets of folders at the same time; it can combine files from two folders in one case, and mimic renames and deletes in another case. Unlike other applications, SyncToy actually keeps track of renames to files and will make sure those changes get carried over to the synchronized folder.

    We have collected feedback from the discussion forum on the Windows XP Professional Photography web site, from customer feedback surveys, from a large number of professional and hobbyist photographers at Microsoft, and from various world-wide forums, sites, reviews and blogs on the web. Based on your feedback, the following features were added to this release of SyncToy:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...36-98e0-4ee9-a7c5-98d0592d8c52&DisplayLang=en
     
  2. sosaiso

    sosaiso Registered Member

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    Thanks NICK_ADSL_UK. It looks like a very interesting piece of software for syncing folders rather than imaging. Has anyone used this? How does it compare to Karen's Replicator?
     
  3. LenC

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    I use them both and like them both. Karen's Replicator has wonderful functionality - ability to add and change global exclusions - very powerful program. I use it on my home computers.

    I have synchtoy installed on my son's computer at college. Primary reason is to take advantage of windows scheduler to have it execute automatically during the night. I don't trust him to leave Replicator on and minimized. This way, all he has to do is remember NOT to turn off the computer. o_O
     
  4. sosaiso

    sosaiso Registered Member

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    Very interesting. Tried it out today, and found it to be a very easy to use software. Not as easy to use in terms of scheduling as Karen's Powertools, but syncing options are much easier to understand.
     
  5. Huupi

    Huupi Registered Member

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    If you like testing software,try it(used it once a few years ago)but then i met Replicator and it was an painless switch because Replicator in any way is so much better. :thumb:

    Only thing missing in KR is hot sync.but i don't need it.
     
  6. ruinebabine

    ruinebabine Registered Member

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    Exact same experience here... until I installed & played with SyncBack, another good step more in free bettering (faster, gui is more intuitive and user friendly). :) Also no hot-sync, but no need either, using ShadowProtect and FD-ISR as system safety nets.
     
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