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SyncToy

A screenshot of Microsoft SyncToy.
Developer: Microsoft
Latest release: 1.4 (Windows Vista) / October 30, 2006
OS: Microsoft Windows
Use: File synchronization
License: Freeware
Website: SyncToy website on Microsoft.com

SyncToy is a free PowerToy designed by Microsoft that provides an easy to use graphical user interface that can automate synchronizing files and folders. It is written using Microsoft's .NET framework. Software development is the translation of a user need or marketing goal into a software product. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... A software release refers to the creation and availability of a new version of a computer software product. ... An operating system (OS) is a set of computer programs that manage the hardware and software resources of a computer. ... Microsoft Windows is the name of several families of proprietary software operating systems by Microsoft. ... File synchronization (or syncing) in computing is the process of making sure that two or more locations contain the same up-to-date files. ... A software license is a legal agreement which may take the form of a proprietary or gratuitous license as well as a memorandum of contract between a producer and a user of computer software. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A Web site (or colloquially, Website) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on a Web server, usually accessible via the Internet or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML, that is almost always accessible via HTTP... Microsoft PowerToys is a set of programs provided by Microsoft for the Windows operating system. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... A graphical user interface (GUI, often pronounced gooey) is a type of user interface which allows people to interact with a computer and computer-controlled devices which employ graphical icons, visual indicators or special graphical elements called widgets, along with text labels or text navigation to represent the information and... The Microsoft . ...


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. SyncToy can keep track of renames to files and will make sure those changes get carried over to the synchronized folder.


Features

Users initially need to create a “folder pair” that represents the two folders ("left" and "right" folders) to be compared and synchronized. These folders can be on the local drive, on an external device such as a flash drive or camera, or on a network share from another computer. SyncToy supports UNC paths. It provides a Browse option to find the folder or network share, or users can type it in directly. SyncToy offers two safeguards to ensure that user do not lose files permenantly in case they are deemed unnecessary during a sync. First, users can preview what is going to happen when the sync takes place, without actually changing anything; second, any deleted files are moved to the Recycle Bin. A flash drive, related to a solid state drive, is a storage device that uses flash memory rather than conventional spinning platters to store data. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A network share is a location on a computer network, typically allowing multiple computer users on the same network to have a centralized space on which to store files (i. ... A path is the general form of a file or directory name, giving a files name and its unique location in a file system. ...


SyncToy defines five different types of operations to synchronize two folders: Synchronize, Echo, Subscribe, Contribute, and Combine. A Synchronize operation takes the two folders and makes sure they have the exact same files. To do this, SyncToy may copy files in either direction and may delete or rename files in either folder. The Echo operation looks for changes (new files, renames, deletes) in the left folder and makes them in the right folder (one-way sync). A Contribute option is like an Echo, but it does not delete any files on the right folder that may have been deleted on the left folder. With Subscribe, the two folders are examined to see what files they have in common. If either the left or right side has updated these common files, only those files are synchronized. Any of the other files in the folders are untouched. Finally, the Combine operation just copies new files in both directions, without deleting anything. SyncToy doesn’t consider a renamed file to be new, so it is possible to have the same file under different names on the left and right folder after they have been combined.


Related tools

See File synchronization File synchronization (or syncing) in computing is the process of making sure that two or more locations contain the same up-to-date files. ...


External links

  • SyncToy Whitepaper

 
 

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