Microsoft Synctoy For Mac

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Last updated: Sep 09, 2019

SyncToy Review

SyncMate is a Mac sync software which will sync Mac with Android and iOS devices, other Macs, Google, Dropbox and iCloud accounts, mounted or MTP devices, Microsoft services. Free Open Source software that helps you synchronize files and folders for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. SyncToy 2.1.

SyncToy is a trending cloud-based Backup software, it is designed to support medium and large size business. SyncToy received a rating of 3 from ITQlick team. The software cost is considered average (2.8/5) wh..

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What is SyncToy?

SyncToy is a trending cloud-based Backup software, it is designed to support medium and large size business. SyncToy received a rating of 3 from ITQlick team. The software cost is considered average (2.8/5) when compared to other solutions in their category.

Average Rating

The rating of SyncToy is 3 stars out of 5. The rating is based on ITQlick expert review.

Typical Customers

The typical customers include the following business size: Medium business, Large business

Competitors & Alternatives

Popular Alternatives to SyncToy: EVault SaaS, Time Machine, Norton Online Backup, Carbonite Online Backup, Attix5 Pro Online Backup, Nasuni Cloud Backup, Fastback DR, Mozy enterprise, JustCloud Backup, NovaBackup Softwar.

SyncToy Pricing Information

The Backup experts at ITQlick has reviewed SyncToy pricing and gave the software a total cost of ownership (TCO) rating of 5.6 out of 10. Custom price cost for your business is available upon request.

SyncToy Categories


Company: Microsoft
Address: Microsoft Corporation, 157th Avenue Northeast, Redmond, WA
Customers: Medium business, Large business
Business Area: Cross Business Areas
Platforms: Desktop
Operating Systems: Mac OS, Windows, Linux

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Questions about SyncToy?

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To ensure against losing your iTunes library in the event of hard drive failure you should backup your library. As your library grows backing up to CD or DVD can become impractical and copying the entire contents of your library to an external drive each time you wish to make a backup is inefficient. If your computer isn't already supplied with a backup mechanism then a tool such as SyncToy is an ideal approach. In use the program compares two sets of folders and can update each with the changes that have occurred in the other since the last sync; adding, removing or updating files as appropriate.

Note that SyncToy is a Windows only tool. Mac owners can make use of Time Machine, or tools such as Carbon Copy Cloner or Synkron which can do a similar job to SyncToy.

How to use SyncToy to backup your iTunes Library

Download and install SyncToy 2.1, a freely available utility. The first time you run it you should get this screen.

Click on Create New Folder Pair.

Click Browse to set the left folder.

Select your iTunes folder, click OK, then click the right-hand Browse button to set the right folder.

Browse to the drive or network folder you want to use for the backup, use the Make New Folder button to create a new folder, rename it as iTunes, select it and click OK.

Click Next.

Use the Synchronize option if you want to be able to copy new and updated files in both directions. Otherwise use Echo or Contribute. Contribute provides the greatest protection against deleting the backup copy of any file that you might accidentally remove from the main library. Click Next.

Name your folder pair iTunes and click Finish.

Select iTunes in the list of available folder pairs and click Preview.

SyncToy will scan your folders. The more files you have, the longer this phase will take. Check the results of the preview which, on the first occasion, should contain many New and Create Folder operations and nothing else. If you are happy the suggested list of operations makes sense then click Run and wait for it to complete.

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The next time you preview the folder pair only new or changed files will need updating. Pay attention to any deletions - these may represent files that have been updated and renamed in which case there will be a matching new file or they may represent files that have been accidentally deleted which you will want to restore from the backup file set before you proceed with another sync operation. If they are files you deleted intentionally then you can proceed. It is also worth noting that iTunes will add and remove files and folders from within the Album Artwork directory as and when you update artwork in your library.

As long as your library is self-contained, that is all files are consolidated and the media folder is directly inside the main iTunes library folder, then the backup copy of your library will be fully functional in its own right from whatever drive letter or path it appears on. If, on the other hand, your media folder is split out from the library folder, or scattered among different folders, then you will need to create other folder pairs to take care of that and, in the event of a disaster, you would need to restore the media folders to the same paths that the currently occupy. Alternatively, see Make a split library portable for advice on rearranging your library into the standard layout.

Rome total war 2 mac torrent. Backing up with SyncToy is an ideal preparation for moving your library to a new computer. Use it to create the initial backup on an external drive. Then move the that drive to your new computer. Install SyncToy on the new machine and use the same steps to copy the library into the local hard drive. You then have everything set up ready to replicate subsequent updates to the library to the backup set. If your new computer doesn't have enough room for your library then it can be run directly from the external drive, but you should obtain a second drive to act as backup to the first.

N.b. You can also use SyncToy to create other folder pairs for other important data that you wish to back up regularly.

Make additional backups of your library database

As well as backing up the entire library it may also be useful to make additional backups of your library database file from time to time. iTunes will sometimes create a copy of the database in the Previous iTunes Libraries folder as part of an upgrade to iTunes when this involves some change to the internal layout of the database. These files can be useful for recovering playlists deleted in error, for example, and can used to recover the previous working state of the library if it is damaged after a crash or upgrade. See Empty/corrupt iTunes library after upgrade/crash for details.

To make an additonal copy of the .itl file, close iTunes, wait for it finish saving files, locate the iTunes Library.itl file in the main iTunes folder, select and press Ctrl+C to copy, browse to the Previous iTunes Libraries folder, press Ctrl+V to paste. Press F2 to rename the new copy and rename it in the form iTunes Library yyyy-mm-dd.itl to match the others.

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