One of the most common reasons for wanting to keep the contents of two folders synchronised is to ensure that a backup copy of important files is also available. However, there are numerous other uses for synchronisation including using network storage to keep data synchronised between multiple computers.

File syncing tools have a tendency to be very complicated affairs, but this is not the case with FreeFileSync. As the name would suggest, the program is available free of charge and it makes light work of ensuring that you always have copies of the latest version of the files you are working with in the folder you need them.

A simple, unclutter interface means that setting up folder pairs is quick and painless and there are a range of file synchronisation options available. Files can be compared using the date of last access, or by performing a bit by bit comparison. There is no limit on the number of files that can be included in a synchronisation job so the program is suitable for even the most demanding of user.

Batch jobs can be created to help automate the process of synchronising a large number of folder pairs, and the option to move files to the Recycle Bin rather than simply deleting them, means that a safety net is always available. With fast operation and fast, simple setup, FreeFileSync enables you to synchronise files free of fuss.

What's new in 7.1?

- Avoid various access denied errors when synchronizing with admin rights (Windows)
- Accept Explorer drag and drop from MTP devices
- Support showing MTP files with Explorer
- Support opening MTP files with default application
- Preselect active MTP folder in folder picker dialog
 -Work around file not found error when copying alternate data streams
- Fixed access denied error when copying file times (Linux)
- Work around boost bug causing RealtimeSync to wake PC (Windows)
- Fixed naming convention "replace" for versioning
- Skip space pre-allocation if not supported (OS X)
- Use faster space pre-allocation method (Linux)
- Transactional error handling when closing file streams
- Fully initialize system image list for medium and large icons (Windows)
- Handle XP backwards-compatibility with 32-bit build (Windows 64-bit)
- Work around hang due to unsupported AVX2 instructions (Vista 64-bit)
- Fixed invalid argument exception during app launch (OS X)
 -Fixed binary comparison checking for wrong buffer size
- Fixed GetLogicalProcessorInformation not found startup error (Windows XP SP2)
- Support IP-based UNC paths with folder selector (Windows)
- Use standard file permissions for application bundle (OS X)
- Updated help file and added tips and tricks chapter

Verdict

A deceptively simple file synchronisation tool which is packed with features.