SyncToy PowerToy now available


The new PowerToy that Marc Orchant told us about on the last Tablet PC Show is now available for download from Microsoft.

SyncToy is a free PowerToy for Microsoft Windows XP that provides is an easy to use, highly customizable program that helps users to do the heavy lifting involved with the copying, moving, and synchronization of 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.




I just installed it and played with it a little. My initial impression is that, like most Microsoft power toys, it is a cool little program! (I really like their power because they usually preform a useful task without a bunch of extra junk.) As soon as I heard about this toy I thought that it would be a great way to sync One Note between a desktop and a laptop, and as soon as a get my new router (later today) I’ll test it out. Right now I have just synced the my documents folder with an external HD.

The only issue that I have come up with so far is that I can’t get it to schedule a sync for an individual folder pair. Hopefully I can get some help with that. Also, I hope that when they release the next version, they will include a scheduling feature in the program so you don’t have to manually create a scheduled task.


Just downloaded this and am about to give it a run out. So far installation was a breeze and the interface is very clear and simple. The programme takes you through the process step-by-step and their is a relatively celar help file, although to be honest I need to read it all before I pass final judgement.

I currently use SyncBack which was free (and may still be) from 2BrightSparks. I find it simple to use when syncing my Tablet and Desktop. This powertoy could be a simple solution for school though so I will test it out and post an update later today.

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