Update on November 25th, 2012
This application has been retired, as there are much better solutions available for free; please check out FreeFileSync instead.
I recently started working on a new application called UpSync. From what you can probably already tell from the name, the application is meant to sync files between folders on different machines. It’s meant to be easy to use but also down and dirty enough to meet a typical system admin’s needs.
I’m open sourcing the project, and I’ll have the setup and the source code for version 0.5 up very shortly. It works properly on Windows XP, Vista, and even Microsoft’s new, unreleased Windows 7 (the screenshots are from Windows 7). It’s written in C#, my favorite of the .NET languages, using Visual Studio 2008.
Here are some of the key features that have already been implemented:
- Any number of folders can be synced with separate settings for each folder.
- Sync in one direction, the other direction, or both directions with no interaction necessary.
- Specific settings for handling deleted files allow for all possible situations.
- Syncing engine uses file dates and times to ensure the most recent version of files are replicated.
- New files in either folder are automatically handled correctly and copied over to the other folder.
- Sync process can be entirely automated or manually run.
- Syncing engine logs every operation in complete detail so there is never any confusion as to what files were changed.