Microsoft SyncToy 2.1

4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 (77 votes)


Windows Vista/XP / Freeware / 24,678 downloads

SyncToy is a free PowerToy for Microsoft Windows XP that provides 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 adding complexity. It can manage multiple sets of directories at the same time; it can combine files from two folders in one case, and mimic renames and deletes in another. Unlike other applications, SyncToy keeps track of renames to files and will make sure those changes get carried over to the synchronized folder.

Reviews of Microsoft SyncToy

  1. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.1 (Feb 8, 2011)

    It's pretty good software all around. I found it does a semi-flawless job in keeping my stuff synced.

    No complaints here!

  2. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.1 (Nov 12, 2009)

    wow ! some great updates in this one, considering it's only a '.1' update ! Looking forward to seeing the speed updates, and the auto drive-letter fix. Good for Win7 and 64-bit.

    * Better Performance: The speed of file copy operations is significantly increased across the board.
    * Improved Robustness: Much more resilient to transient network and file system errors and better error reporting which pin-points which file the sync failed on in case there’s a fatal error that stops the sync.
    * Folder pair configuration backup: Folder pair configuration is automatically backed up under %localappdata%\microsoft\synctoy\2.0. User can replace SyncToyDirPairs.bin with the backup copy to resolve last saved configuration.
    o Fixed the data corruption issue when using SyncToy with NAS drives.
    o Fixed the issue that prevented uploading files to SharePoint when using SyncToy 2.0.
    o Fixed the issue that prevented delete changes from being synchronized when the sync option is set to “Echo”.
    o Fixed the UI issue where reported file time were off by the difference between local time and UTC when destination is a FAT volume.
    * Dynamic Drive Letter Assignment: Drive letter reassignment will now be detected and updated in the folder pair definition.
    * True Folder Sync: Folder creates, renames and deletes are now synchronized for all SyncToy actions.
    * Exclusion Filtering Based on Name: File exclusion based on name with exact or fuzzy matching.
    * Filtering Based on File Attributes: The ability to exclude files based on one or more file attributes (Read-Only, System, Hidden).
    * Unattended Folder Pair Execution: Addressed issues related to running scheduled folder pairs while logged off.
    * Folder Pairs With Shared Endpoints: Ability for folder pairs associated with the same or different instances of SyncToy to share end-points.
    * Command line enhancements: Added the ability to manage folder pairs via the command line interface.
    * Re-Architect Sync Engine: The SyncToy engine has been rearchitected to provide scalability and the ability to add significant enhancements in future releases.
    * Sync engine is also more robust insomuch that many single, file level errors are skipped without affecting the entire sync operation.
    * Sync Encrypted Files: Sync of Encrypted files works when local folder and files are encrypted, which addresses the common scenario involving sync between local, encrypted laptop PC folder and remote, unencrypted desktop PC folder.
    * 64-Bit Support: SyncToy now has a native 64-bit build (x64 only) for 64-bit versions of Windows.
    * Folder pair rename
    * Sub-folder Exclusion Enhancements: Descendents created under excluded sub-folders are automatically excluded. Usability improvements for the sub-folder exclusion dialog.
    * Folder Pair Metadata Moved: Folder pair metadata removed from MyDocuments to resolve any issues with server-based folder pair re-direction setup.
    * Setup Improvements: Integrated setup with single self-extracting archive file and no extra downloads if you already have .NET Framework 2.0 installed. Enabled silent install for the SyncToy Installer file

  3. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.1 (Nov 12, 2009)

    Sync Toy is simple and easy to use, it saves me a lot of hassle cross syncing both my home computer and work computer. SyncToy was noticibly missing and missed when I migrated to Windows 7, I am happy that Microsoft finally has released this powertoy for free again.

  4. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.1 (Nov 11, 2009)

    I have not tried SyncToy 2.1 yet but I did evaluate version 2.0. It looked promising but it has several shortcomings.

    The show stopper for me was that it caused corrupted files when copying to a NAS. After finding that this was a known problem what had not been fixed in a long time I moved on SyncBack Freeware. It does everything that I wanted from SyncToy and more. I may investigate to see if the file corruption when copying to NAS has been fixed in SyncToy but I am not sure that I will move back in any case.

  5. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.1 (Nov 11, 2009)

    Synctoy is OK. I just don't like the junk it leaves in the folders you are trying to backup as well as the backups themselves. Try synkron. It's portable and has a very powerful gui which is also a one-click or scheduled option. It was on fileforum but was removed.

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