Windows

    Synchronizing Images and Files in Windows Vista and XP Using Microsoft SyncToy

    Language:
    English
    This white paper provides an overview of SyncToy, and explains how it can be used to enhance your file management workflow.
    • Version:

      2.0

      File Name:

      SyncToyWhitePaper2_0.pdf

      Date Published:

      8/15/2008

      File Size:

      365 KB

        Increasingly, computer users are using different folders, drives, and even different computers (such as a laptop and a desktop) to store and retrieve files. There are new sources of files coming from every direction: digital cameras, e-mail, cell phones, portable media players, camcorders, PDAs, and laptops. Yet managing hundreds or thousands of files is still largely a manual operation. In some cases it is necessary to move files from one place to another; 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 a mental card catalog in their heads. Others use one or more applications of one sort or another to provide this functionality for them.

        Now there is an easier way. SyncToy is a free PowerToy for Microsoft Windows XP that provides an easy to use, highly customizable program to help copy, move, and synchronize different directories. Most common operations can be performed with just a few clicks of the mouse, and additional customization is available without adding complexity. SyncToy 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.

        Note: We've taken great care to ensure that this tool operates as it should, but it is not part of Windows and is not supported by Microsoft Technical Support. For this reason, Microsoft Technical Support is unable to answer questions about SyncToy. To speak to other users and contribute feedback about your experiences with SyncToy, please use the SyncToy File Synchronization forums accessible from http://forums.microsoft.com/sync/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=2026&SiteID=75.
    • Supported Operating System

      Windows Vista, Windows XP

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