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Group test: what's the best file sync/migration software?

The best tools for syncing and migrating files

PC Advisor reviews the best file sync/migration software tools you can install today.

5. Syncables Desktop Premium

While Syncables Desktop could certainly be a useful tool for anyone that wants to regularly sync two Windows PCs together, our testing showed that with the Premium product, the Mac side of things still has some rough edges that need to be ironed out.

4. Zinstall XP7

Business users that want to upgrade to Windows 7 while still using legacy applications from Windows XP may well find that Zinstall is an effective (albeit rather expensive) solution. However, people who just want to ditch XP altogether and upgrade their PC to Windows 7 will at some point still have to bite the bullet, and transfer all their programs and files the old-fashioned way.

3. Siber Systems GoodSync2Go Pro

GoodSync2Go Pro is useful, but there are better, free options available that do the same job more easily if you have internet connections for your PCs. SugarSync Free will automatically synchronise folders between internet-connected PCs, without you having to use a USB drive - and it does it for free. But if you don't have internet access all the time for both PCs, GoodSync2Go Pro will do the job nicely.

2. Syncables 360 Premium [PC]

Syncables 360 Premium offers plenty of tools not found elsewhere, such as media previewing, synchronising contacts, data migration, and the ability to easily share photos on social networking sites including Flickr and Facebook. So if you need those features, and don't need the ability to synchronise over the internet, Syncables 360 Premium is worth it. Otherwise, you'd be better off with a free solution.

1. Laplink Gold for Windows 7

Although Laplink Gold for Windows 7 does an excellent job, there is the question of price - is it worth the £59 price, given the number of free Web services and software that performs similar tasks? LogMeIn, for example, makes it easy to take remote control of one of your computers over a network or the internet, and free service-and-software combos such as Windows Live Sync and SugarSync Free do an excellent job of synchronizing files. If you're looking for an all-in-one solution and are willing to spend some, consider giving Laplink Gold for Windows 7 a try. But you may find that the free services are all that you need.

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