Sync files between folders in Windows

Pair programmingAs a software and application developer, we constantly deal with many source code files and documentations. photo credit: Damien Pollet

We usually write codes on a development machine and when it’s time to deploy the source codes to a test server, we would copy the source codes over to the test machine to be further tested by the QA team.

Some applications can be really huge with tens of thousands of source code files.

Whenever we need to deploy source codes over to another machine, we would just copy the files which are new or have been modified rather than copying the entire folder which could take some time to complete.

If you have ever come across such a situation, SyncToy 2.1 is a tool to sync files between folders in Windows.

The application provides you with a clean, no brainer interface that you can use to sync files between folders located on the same or different data sources.

SyncToy has a simple interface and has a pretty simple process on the overall.

SyncToy gives you three modes of synchronization namely:

  • Synchronization - allows you to create two copies of the same folder where files on both the folders are matched and the differences are copied into one another.
  • Echo - allows you to copy new and updated files from left to right whereby renames and deletes are also repeated from left to right.
  • Contributions - allows left to right movement where no files are deleted both sides.

The first thing to do is to create a folder pair for the folders that you want to synchronize with one another.

You can create a one or more pairs from different sources on your computer as well as other sources that include memory cards, flash drives and external hard disk drives.

Once you have the pairs set up, simply click on the preview button to preview what files will be synchronized before you actually run the sync process.

Press the run button finally and you’re done. Was synchronization as simple as this ever in the past?

Besides that, you can also schedule your synchronization to be run at times such as midnight to ensure as little disruption as possible.

To begin syncing your folders today, check out SyncToy 2.1 – a tool to sync files between folders in Windows.

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