Best Free Programs to Sync Files and Folders between two PCs
Working with different computers brings with it the headache of keeping track of versions and having the important files updated on regular basis. Sure, there is a old-fashioned, cumbersome solution- you can backup data on a USB drive or an external hard drive and manually replace tons of older files with newer ones. Or you can use a simple PC to PC files synchronization program that takes all the hassle out of this process.
In this feature, we will reveal our favorite syncing tools that directly sync files and folders between two PCs connected on a network.
FreeFileSync (Mac, Windows, Linux, Portable Version)
FreeFileSync’s raison d’être is syncing. This comprehensive program makes sure that you always have the most up-to-date versions files and folders across your multiple drives or PCs in your home network. The program has an intuitive interface, even a tyro user can easily learn to operate it in no time. Simply browse to the two folders you want to sync, click the Compare button, and FreeFileSync will compare either by content or by size and date, to tell you how the folder contents differ. You can then tell the program to update changes in both folders, create a mirror backup of one folder, or move all updated or changed files to one folder. [ FreeFileSync download page]
Synctoy (Windows All)
Syntoy is a freeware tool from Microsoft that synchronize files and folders between locations across multiple computers. You specify a pair of linked folders, usually on different storage devices, and the tool will offer you three different types of operation to synchronize two folders ; Echo works like a standard one-way sync, copying all files from Left to Right. Synchronize is bidirectional, makes sure that the two folders have exactly the same files, and Contribute works like Echo but it won’t delete any files on the right folder that may have been deleted in the left folder. [ Synctoy download page ]
Synkron (Mac, Windows, Linux)
Synkron is a lightweight program that compares the contents of two folders and syncs them so both folders contain the most up-to-date files. It’s really fast, with a reasonably straightforward interface which allows you to easily sync files such as documents, music and pictures.
What’s your favorite file synchronization tool? Let’s hear about it in the comments.