Sync Files Between Your Computer and External USB Drives

Free file folder synchronization software for Windows – synchronize MP3 songs, videos, pictures, documents and other files easily with Microsoft SyncToy. Works with multiple folders on the same computer, network shared drives or external USB hard disks.

December 29, 2007

Microsoft Synctoy is a must-have utility to help you synchronize files in different directories of the same computer or between a computer and external storage devices like the iPod and USB pen drives.

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As in the figure above, you first select a pair of folders that you want to keep in Sync via Synctoy. Then decide the action – should the two folders be clones or only the new files have to be copied ?

SyncToy supports wild-cards in file names (like *.exe or holiday_*.jpg) so you can decide what files are included or excluded during the sync process.

And using SyncToy is completely risk free – it has a wonderful preview feature that lets you see what operations would take place during the run without performing any changes on your computer.

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SyncToy v2.0 [for Windows XP and Vista]

*If you were to sync files and folders on multiple computers via the internet, consider FolderShare – it can also sync files between a Mac and Windows computer.