How to Use SyncToy to Make Quick Backup Your Folders to External Storage Device
SyncToy is a free backup and sharing tool from Microsoft for Windows users. Taking backup is a pain for many as it requires a lot of time and patience. Keeping a backup of your files and folders is a must. At times in situations like hard disk failure it comes in handy. Copy and paste your folders to external storage device like flash drives may take lots of time. You can significantly reduce the time if you only copy the changes you have made to your files before your last backup.
Suppose you had created a folder named “CompanyA” and saved lots of files inside this folder. Normally how you back up this folder to a USB Flash Drive? You simply copy and paste the folder to your external drive. Suppose if there is another folder named “Company B” same way you copy the folder. Your backup is ready. Next time the same day or any other later point of time you again want to take backup because you may have made some changes to your files or created new files. Again locate the folders and copy paste these folders to your memory card consume your’s lots of time. Here you can use the power of Microsoft SyncToy.
Here I’m sharing you the tip to set up Microsoft SyncToy 2.1 to quickly and systematically back up your files and folders to external storage devices. Actually SyncToy 2.1 synchronizes your folders and updates the folder you set up.
Install SyncToy 2.1 (it’s free)
Start SyncToy 2.1 and click “Create New Folder Pair”
Click “Browse” under “Left Folder” and choose the folder which you want to take backup.
Click “Browse” under “Right Folder” and choose the location of a folder on your flash drive where to keep the backup.
Here in this example left folder to right folder means backup one folder from your hard disk to your external storage device.
Now click “Next” and choose an option. There are three options. I suggest “echo” but read carefully before picking an option.
Click “Next” and give a Sync name to finish. Next time when you run SyncToy 2.1 you can see this name on the left side of the SyncToy window. Select it and “Run”.
Likewise you can create as many folders as you wish to sync and run it to initiate a backup.
That means to take backup you just need to open SyncToy and select the Sync name you have created and click “Run”. It backs up your folders in a flash. You need not worry about the backup anymore. All you can do within a comfortable window of SyncToy 2.1 with ease that also in a flash.
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