Managing backups and by that I mean keeping track of new files that were added to source directory and then synchronizing them with the backup directory is a very boring, but also a very necessary task. If for nothing else, then definitely because of hardware failure. Folder Synch is a free portable folder comparison and synchronization software for Windows. With it you can open up two directories and then compare them to see all the new files that were added/deleted between the two selected folders.
Folder comparison performed by Folder Synch works both ways. This means that if new files found their way into the backup directory, they are also gonna be detected and removed (if you so wish). Image above shows us two folders compared with this free portable folder comparison software.
Left side represents the source directory, from where files are gonna be backed up, while the right side is the destination directory, where files are gonna be synchronized.
Here we see the same screen, only without green entries, notice that they are missing. They are missing because we turned off folders from the lists (notice also that folders are now not shown). We’re more interested in files.
File entries without background color are the same in both the source and the destination directory. Purple color tells us that file which that particular entry represents is missing from the destination directory and that it’s gonna be synchronized, while red background on the opposite list indicates that the file doesn’t exist in the source and that it will be deleted from the destination directory (to make the two directories synced, ie, equal).
If you don’t want to delete files from the backup directory, only synchronize the ones that are missing from source, then remove checkmarks from “Show identical” and “Show deleted” options at the top. This will only leave the purple New entries on the list of the Source directory. After that click on Synchronize, confirmation window will pop-up where you will need to confirm the sync and you’re done.
Folder Synch is a highly configurable portable folder comparison and synchronization software, which will speed up folder backups significantly. Make sure to test it out.