5 File and Folder Synchronization Freeware for Windows 10/8/7

If you need to keep an identical set of files and folders on two different computers or on different disks or in different locations, file and folder synchronization utilities will help you do so easily. They will keep an identical set of working files at two or more locations such as different computers or even online storage. Most of us are aware of Microsoft SyncToy. But if you are looking for third-party freeware, these utilities also keep a record of files you create, modify or delete.

If you do not want to manually backup folders every time, or perhaps transfer files regularly, take a look at our list of file and folder synchronization freeware for Windows 10/8/7, for doing the job efficiently and effectively.

Free File and Folder Sync software

FreeFileSync

FreeFileSync is an Open-Source folder comparison and synchronization tool that is optimized for highest performance and usability, without an overloaded user interface. The tool allows comparing files either by content, size or date. A user has to simply drag and drop folders he wants to compare or synchronize.

The program allows you to sync the folders automatically or just move selected files manually between the folders. It even allows creating your own synchronization rules. Besides this, there are Filters which help users control files that are overwritten, assuring nothing essential gets lost.

Features:

  • Detection of moved and renamed files
  • Copy locked files using Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service. (Windows only)
  • Native 32 and 64 bit builds
  • Built-in support for very long filenames (more than MAX_PATH = 260 characters).
  • Support for file sizes larger than 4 GB.
  • Option to move files to Recycle Bin instead of deleting/overwriting them.
  • Portable version available (selectable via installer).
  • Opt-in for automatic online update.
  • Localized versions are available for many languages.

AllwaySync

As the name suggests, AllwaySync performs a real all-way file and folder synchronization. The application supports virtually all file systems and does not contain any adware.

AllwaySync features an easy-to-use interface for Windows that supports more than 30 languages. Implementation of innovative algorithms make the syncing task much easier. All the file modifications and deletions are tracked in a database. AllwaySync is free for personal use, but has certain limitations.

Features:

  • Flexible configuration and customization
  • Supports files of any size
  • Easy-to-use graphical interface
  • Supports virtually any file system (FAT, NTFS, SAMBA, Netware, X-Drive, CDFS, UDF and more).
  • Can be installed on a desktop, laptop, USB stick, external HDD or a U3-enabled device
  • Capable of synchronizing more than 2 folders
  • Synchronize data between your desktop PCs and laptops over network

SyncBack Free

SyncBack Free helps you easily backup and synchronize your files to the same drive, a different drive or medium (CDRW, Compact Flash, etc), a FTP server, a Network, or a Zip archive.

Even if you lose a file it is easy to recover them as the program supports a convenient restore tool that replicates folder trees along with the files in them. SyncBack Free requires no registration and no payments. It’s completely free for personal, educational, charity, government, and commercial use.

Synkron

Synkron is a cross-platform application that runs on multiple platforms such as Windows, Mac and Linux, and helps you keep your files and folders always updated.

The simple Qt application allows you to synchronize multiple folders but before doing it, performs a thorough analysis. It includes plenty of useful features that help configuring synchronization options. It also has the ability to restore overwritten and deleted files.

 Features:

  • Syncs multiple folders at once
  • Applies wildcards to sync only the files you want, excludes unwanted files
  • Restores files if overwritten or deleted in previous syncs
  • Includes various options that allow configuring synchronization in detail
  • Cross-platform

File Synchronizer

File Synchronizer is a great option for synchronizing large collections of media files such as MP3s, Videos and much more without copying every file. The application features a ‘Clone Mode’ that synchronizes a folder to match a master folder, simplifying your work.

File Synchronizer has the ability to work as a great back-up utility. It keeps a back-up of only those files that have changed for speedy backups. It also works well with external drives and computers connected over wired or wireless networks.

Also take a look at TreeComp.

Let us know if you have any alternative freeware to suggest!

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.

20 Comments

  1. Jsg

    PureSync is also good. You can get it from http://www.jumpingbytes.com/en/puresync.html

  2. Tweak

    GoodSync is one of my favs and it works fine for me with Win7 x64. http://www.goodsync.com/

  3. hemant saxena

    thanks for sharing

  4. Observer

    Sync Toy 2 has been with me for years! 32 & 64 bit versions.
    http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=15155

  5. Guest

    Unison works with Windows & Linux

  6. Chook

    AllwaySync will sync your non modified but last accessed files. For example, if you play songs from your MP3 collection, the next time AllwaySync is used it will sync the played MP3’s. Although the MP3’s weren’t changed it will still sync them taking a lot of time and resources. Not good. Limitations for personal use is also a factor to consider.

  7. omiazad

    Didn’t mention my favorite Microsoft SyncToy: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=15155

  8. Exshail

    You can visit below page for another free portable file copier software from
    http://www.caclubindia.com/forum/exshail-copycare-portable-free-file-copier-software–302637.asp

  9. Try another free portable file copier software Exshail CopyCare from below site. Main feature is Preview list of files before copying with seven options below.

    1. “Source > Target – Copy Files New and changed from Source”
    2. “Source > Target – Copy Files New From Source”
    3. “Source > Target – Copy Files Changed from Source”
    4. “Target > Source – Copy Files Changed from Target”
    5. “Target Source Copy Files having Size Difference”
    6. “Delete Files Orphan from Target”
    7. “Source = Target – Copy Exact to Target – Overwrite All (Delete Orphans from Target)”

    sites.google.com/site/exshail/exshailcopycare

  10. dimatak

    KrojamSoft SyncFile is truly a good one I have been using…

  11. AUSSIE44

    I am in need of a program that will move files from one directory to another drives directory at a scheduled time every day (i.e., after work). This would be a one way move based upon a schedule. Is there anything you could suggest?

  12. Ibrahim

    Use Synctoy this gives you the ability to schedule as specific time and date.

  13. RichGK

    AllwaysSync now stops working if you don’t pay for it.

  14. Nuno G.

    Cobian Backup is also good. Can Sync or Backup files at a given time for example

  15. Codie Rae

    best copy software ive ever used on windows is RichCopy by microsoft – it has support for multiple threads for copy/index and about everything else and various rules – so a copy/sync/backup that would take weeks or more on a single or even dual threaded backup tool, would only take one or two days on this – this is the best freeware ive ever used for backups on windows, especially if doing backups with CIFS/Samba over a network w/ a bonded(LACP) link – it has granular control of everything from buffers from what to copy or not to copy and file properties to keep or remove – it also has a timer system and i can also be setup like so from a scheduled task, RichCopy.exe so you can run it as often however you want URL for RichCopy: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2009.04.utilityspotlight.aspx

  16. Darr247

    Try also – Lennert Ploeger’s TreeComp.

  17. Josef Hahn

    Hi. Please also give Parsley a try: https://pseudopolis.eu/wiki/pino/projs/parsley/

  18. Garry

    I suggest that you use KrojamSoft SyncFile program. It works well!

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