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SyncToy v2.0

If you follow my Twitter (don’t worry I wont tell anyone) you’ll know that I’ve been looking for a new sync tool now that I’m 64 bit at home.  I used to use FileSync a nice free tool that was great for my needs other then the fact that if you synced files larger then 1 GB it would go to 100% and keep going and never stop. (Never looked into why too much as usually the only files that were quite large were VMs that I run so I just did those via batch.)

Once I setup my 64 bit machine and tried to install FileSync I realized (well the installer told me 🙂 ) that it does not support 64 bit.  So I was on a mission to find a new good free sync program.  Now I know good and especially free doesn’t usually point you in a Microsoft direction but SyncToy v2.0 (so far anyways) seems to be a great little program that supports 64 bit and is FREE.

Here is a list of features from the Microsoft site that were added to release 2.0 of SyncToy:

  • 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 (see readme.txt file for more information). Removed combine and subscribe actions.
  • Removed combine and subscribe actions.

    Anyways if someone has a better 64 bit and free file syncronize program out there please leave a comment and let me know but for now SyncToy v2.0 looks to be my 64 bit “syncing” solution.

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