Synchronize Folders in Windows® 7
What are the various utilities to synchronize the folders in windows 7?
Microsoft has release a new Power Toy application called SyncToy 2.1. It is a free application which would synchronize your files and folders with several locations. It typically would include sharing operations such as photos or documents, with other computers and creating backup copies of files and folders. The engine which runs the synchronization operations is available from the Microsoft Sync Framework 2.0. Synchronization. If you have stored files in one folder, say in you local hard drive, and you have also stored files in a folder on a remote server which you might want to keep the files in those folders the same, especially the same version. You can do it by hand with copy and replace or you can let the synchronization software do it for you. SyncToy is highly customizable software which helps users to avoid the heavy lifting involved with the copying, moving, and synchronization of different directories.
Different utility used for Windows 7 folder's synchronization are as following:
- Pure Sync
- Free File Sync
- Allway Sync
This tool has a fairly good set of filters and rules to fine tune which files are included in the job operations. It can create a database during the initial sync operation which it would use to detect file collisions or conflicts, and propagate deletions thereafter. It has a good preview of which files are going to be copied, updated, or deleted when performing a sync job. It comes with a scheduler and supports enabling auto sync for storage such as USB drives. It also comes with some special options for copying photos from digital cameras. You need to be aware that while it supports syncing to network locations, syncing with FTP is only supported in the paid version.
Free File Sync
This utility comes with a very clear and informative interface. The preview is very easy to understand and file collisions and deletions are more readily recognizable. It is a sync program which can copy files that are in use or locked. It is very easy to use.
It is designed with a robust filter and rule set and definitely has the edge here over the other two previously reviewed products. It also offers support for FTP, scheduling, and auto syncing and is very thorough help file which can be of great benefit especially to those who are new to synchronization programs. You can also use the free version of Allway Sync there is a file copy limit of 40,000 files within thirty days. So if in case you have a large amount of files to synchronize on a daily basis, you might need to look at a different choice.
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