Karl's Windows Admin Tips & Tricks

Jul 26 2011   1:04PM GMT

Comparing and syncing files and folders

Karl Gechlik Karl Gechlik Profile: Karl Gechlik

I deal with a lot of migrating files and folders as we update our servers and network attached storage. In doing so I normally script xcopy or xxcopy to do the hard work. When I am complete how do I know that the files are the same? I can right click on the folders and compare the results. But I also can start up a little open source magic.

I have found a small little application that will compare two directories easily and flawlessly. Check out the discription of Win Merge below:

WinMerge is an Open Source differencing and merging tool for Windows. WinMerge can compare both folders and files, presenting differences in a visual text format that is easy to understand and handle.

By firing up WinMerge you can see the files that match up or don’t. It is similar to the file comparision utility that is build into Notepad++.

Once you see the files that are different (or everything is the same and you are happy!) you can choose to sync the directories up. This is a tool that is very simple and does its one function VERY well. Do you have another tool that can do the trick – and for free? If so we would love to hear about it in the comments below.

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