Microsoft makes available the free copy tool called
(Although I'm a big fan, I receive no gratuities for expounding on
This utility was created/tested/enhanced with input from
photography experts for synching photos across multiple machines
and storage devices.
My need was to synch the ~3K files (from six writers) from
the server with copies to my machine. (I'm using the
ZOOM search utility
with my merged project, and am running it against the source files
on my local machine. Copying all these files was problematic due to
copy time and the inablity to synch deleted or renamed files.)
With SyncToy's Echo option, I can Preview the files and
folders that need to be added/deleted/overwritten, deselect any
that don't need to be echoed, and run the Echo function (for
perhaps 100-300 files instead of all ~3K). Since I might have to do
this several times a day, updating my entire merged project copy in
seconds, rather than minutes, is huge!
Download it and give it a try; I think you'll agree that it's
a great utility for use at work and at home. Simply set up any
number of "Folder Pair" profiles, select folders to include/not
include, and get started. (You can also choose to Synchronize or
Contribute files, as described in their help.)
SyncToy 1.4 is for Win 32 only - doesn't work with Win 64.
Still, it is a good tool and can be run in a virtual machine 32 bit
SyncToy 2 is in BETA but it is the only version to work with
Win 64. Note that SyncToy 2 has a major bug that causes it to run
extremely slow under "common" conditions.
Also, SyncToy 2 does not take Daylight Saving into account
and therefore thinks that folders may be out of sync and it wants
to update - painful if you have thousands of files and many GB of
data in synced folders (MS will fix this some time in the future).
Please read the Forum posts.