Monday, July 18, 2011

Microsoft Sync Toy - Perfect for Home Users

Today I stumbled across a fantastic little application called Sync Toy. Perfect for home users who want to backup data to a external drive on a regular basis, between computers or to mapped drive pointing to a cloud provider such as Windows Live.

SyncToy 2.1 is a free application that synchronizes files and folders between locations. Typical uses include sharing files, such as photos, with other computers and creating backup copies of files and folders.

It is so easy to use, I think my mum could do it.

Here I have setup synchronization of My Documents to my Microsoft Windows Live SkyDrive cloud account to ensure my documents are backed up at all times. This is a free service. This also allows me to sync the files down to any new computer I work on.

Z:\ is mapped to windows live cloud account.

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As of this writing the latest version of SyncToy is 2.1. The x86 and x64 version is available from here:

Note: If you wish to setup a drive letter mapped to your Windows Live SkyDrive service please see the following link:


  1. looks interesting, does it do bi-directional syncing?

  2. Yes - bi directional just like DFS-R :)

    Also does conflict detection if a change was made on both sides and lets you know about it.

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