SyncToy v1 Beta for Windows XP

eHomeUpgrade | SyncToy v1 Beta for Windows XP Interesting. Sean Alexander is talking about SyncToy, the latest tool from Microsoft to manage files and their movement in XP. I always like hearing Hot Donkey! and this just might be Hot Donkey indeed. I will have to download it and check it out this weekend.

“Increasingly, computer users are using different folders, drives, and even different computers (such as a laptop and a desktop) to store and retrieve files. There are new sources of files coming from every direction: digital cameras, e-mail, cell phones, portable media players, camcorders, PDAs, and laptops. Yet managing hundreds or thousands of files is still largely a manual operation. In some cases it is necessary to move files from one place to another; in other cases there is a need to keep two storage locations exactly in sync. Some users manage files manually, dragging and dropping from one place to another and keeping a mental card catalog in their heads. Others use one or more applications of one sort or another to provide this functionality for them.”

Two of my biggest gripes with my digital media are that 1. I get frequent disc drive errors when backing up large amounts of mp3 files and 2. I don’t know of an easy way to get only my 5 star rated songs on to my laptop. It will be interesting to play around with and see if I can somehow accomplish the two items above with this tool.