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April 12, 2021
by Dan Delong


SyncFolders

SyncFolders

The highly popular SyncToy, from Microsoft, has been removed from circulation recently. A search for alternatives brings up many titles.

The ability to carry synced backups around, on a flash drives or an SSD, makes offline life a lot easier.

I chose SyncFolders, to replace SyncToy, based on reviews and the fact that it has been recently updated.

For example:- [from the extensive help file]

  • New: Notification sounds when the scan or synchronization has been finished.
  • New: Variables %STARTUPPATH% and %STARTUPVOLUME% can be used in the source and target folder names.
  • New: New setting 'Copy to temporary file before target file is overwritten'.
  • New: Multiple items can be selected in the detailed results view.
  • New: Search result in 'Find Files and Folders' can be copied to the clipboard.
  • New: Shortcuts made for the action buttons of the main window.
  • Fixed: SyncFolders tries to make connection to the internet without any reason when 'Automatically check for updates' is disabled.

[NOTE: - I have used Copy and Backup software before, but this is my first try, using synchronization software.]

Synchronization works in both directions, between Source and Target, on just about any two storage locations, and that includes sub-folders. Copy and Backup work in only one direction, from Source to Target.

[NOTE: - After setting up two folders for backup behaviour, review the action before committing to Synchronization. The process is not as complicated as the written directions may appear to be.]

Here are the example steps, as provided by the author: -

  1. Start SyncFolders.
  2. Define a new rule by clicking on in the toolbar or double-click on any blank space in the rule list. The Rule Details dialog will appear.
  3. Click Source Folder to select folder "C:\Documents" or drag and drop this folder from an Explorer window.
  4. Click Target Folder to select folder "X:\Documents_Backup" or drag and drop this folder from an Explorer window.
  5. Set Action to value Back Up.
  6. Click OK to close the Rule Details dialog and to return to the main window
  7. Click Scan to get a preview of all files that will be synchronized. Click on Details... to see the detailed information.
  8. Click Synchronize to actually synchronize all files.
  9. Click Save Rules to save your defined rule(s) to a so-called Rules File.

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The default settings worked well for my first time using the program, although I also made one change... setting a trigger time/date for automatic synchronization (which I will probably delete and perform manually, instead).

A log is kept for each run of Copy, Backup, and Synchronize, found under Settings. A File Search feature can be found under Settings as well. (The single error was insignificant - caused by leaving a "System Volume Information" folder on the USB key.)

Notice, one of the set of check boxes fine tunes what happens to files of the same name that will be overwritten during an operation. They end up in a recovery "history" folder, or another area that you specify, in case you want to get them back, just as they were before being overwritten.

I believe it is possible to solve another space saving problem with SyncFolders, that being the case where multiple back-ups exist of almost the same content, in various folders, all over the place - on keys, on different computers, on old drives, on local NAS drives, and even in the Cloud.



System requirements:

Platform: Windows ALL

Version: 3.5.011

Price: Free - donor ware

Language: English, and others

Download Size: 1.3 MB installer, 1.1 MB portable

Installed Size: 2.65 MB for portable no-install version runs directly with a double click on the executable's filename

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