How to Backup your files easily to a second locations with Microsoft SyncToy

Download and install Microsoft SyncToy. You can get it from here. SyncToy requires Microsoft .NET Framework v2.0 which you can get from here in case you don’t have it already installed.

Open it and click on “Create New Folder Pair” to begin backing up your files and folders to a second location (to a flash drive or any other storage devices).You’ll see a right folder and a left folder, each with their own browse button. The left folder is the source location and the right folder is the backup location.

Click on the right”Browse” button and locate the file or folder that you want to back up and then click on the left “Browse” button to locate the folder where you want to backup your files and folder (click on the “Make New Folder” button to create a backup folder in case you need so).

Select one of the back-up options (I recommend echo), name the folder pair (you can have more then one so give a suggestive name to each pair to recognize them easier later).

Note: Echo is actually a one-way sync – looks for changes in the left folder and makes them in the right folder.

Click on “Finish” to complete the backup process. Repeat these steps for all the folders you want to back up. When you are done, you can run a preview, or just run the back up. First time it will take longer (especially if you backup on a USB flash drive) but it will be much faster next time you backup your files and folders.

Download link for SyncToy v2.1.

Download link for Microsoft Microsoft .NET Framework v2.0.

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