SyncToy 2.1 Speeds Up Windows File Syncing

Windows: Microsoft's SyncToy is a simple but effective tool for mirroring folders across hard-drive locations, networks or USB devices. With a 2.1 update, it's been retooled to run faster, back up configurations and handle errors much better.

We've previously featured SyncToy as a handy way to sync files between computers. It also ended up ranking among our readers' five favourite syncing tools. 2.1 isn't a huge update with new features, but it does utilise a new syncing framework and a few annoyance fixes that will win over those who dig this "toy":

  • Better Performance: The speed of file copy operations is significantly increased across the board.
  • Improved Robustness: Much more resilient to transient network and file system errors and better error reporting which pin-points which file the sync failed on in case there's a fatal error that stops the sync.
  • Folder pair configuration backup: Folder pair configuration is automatically backed up under %localappdata%microsoftsynctoy2.0. User can replace SyncToyDirPairs.bin with the backup copy to resolve last saved configuration.

There are also a few bug fixes—notable among them is a fix for NAS syncing failure. SyncToy 2.1 is a free download for Windows systems, including 7, only.

SyncToy 2.1 [Microsoft]


    Just tried to download it, but both the x64 and x86 versions are not available at this time, will try again later and let you know.


      Links work fine in IE.

    The 2.1 is buggued and very very slow -- see the forum ( about different issues...

    I'm very disappointed :-(

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