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A few days ago Microsoft released an update to one of my favorite PowerToys, SyncToy.  This is a must have if you are a portable user and you want to get a quick backup of your files (photos, videos, source code, etc) by folder for free.

SyncToy 2.1

I have been using this for a few versions now and it is great at syncing or backing up folder to folder onto USB flash or hard drives. 

The scenarios I use it in are:

  • Backup of photos pre and post processing from my D300 and D700.
  • Backup of source code to a small USB device at the end of the day.
  • Synced copy of files from large RAID drives to portable drives for portablity without the worry of lost data.
  • Zune music, iTunes music sync.

I know there are other tools and even OSes like WIndows Home Server that would do a better job of automated backup but I am ok with having a backup workflow for the different scenerios I have and leaving portable hard drives around the places I need them without having to carry them from building to building.

Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 12:20 PM .NET | Back to top

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