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Tutorial: Synchronizing Files & Folders


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Using TntSync to synchronize files and folders on your computer

You can use TntSync to maintain two copies of a single file, folder, or multiple files and folders. This can be especially useful for keeping backup copies of important files and folders.

1.Menu Path: Tools | TntSync

TntSync is also available from your Windows programs folders.

2.You will see the TntSync tool, and the list of files and folders will be blank.

3.Menu Path: File | Add

Select Files and Folders

4.Browse for the Local and Remote paths.

Press the <OK> button.

You can also exclude a single folder from within a local or remote folder in the Excluded Path box.

5.You can also synchronize a single file rather than a folder.

6.Repeat this process to add all of the folders you wish to synchronize. Notice in this example how the TntMPD Database is first on the list, followed by the other folders to by synchronized. By putting the TntMPD database first, we ensure that it and its corresponding data files are synchronized prior to synchronizing the directory that the file is in.

7.The first step it performs is to check the directories to see how they match up.

8.When there is a conflict, TntSync will show you what it proposes you do.


The file exists in one folder but not in the other. TntSync will copy it over.


The file is newer on one folder than the other. TntSync will replace the older version with the newer version.


The file was deleted from one folder subsequent to the last synchronization. TntSync will delete the other copy.


Both files have been updated since the last sync. TntSync does not know what to do, so it will skip the step. You can either manually override the skip (by right-clicking and selecting what you do want TntSync to do), or synchronize anyway and keep the two files out of synchronization.

9.Press the <Sync> button.

TntSync will perform the selected actions for each file.

A note about how TntSync synchronizes files and folders

TntSync can synchronize the contents of two TntMPD databases. For files, it can only replace an old copy with a newer version; it does not modify the contents of the files.

Comments on this Help Topic

Vance Nordman wrote re: Tutorial: Synchronizing Files & Folders
on 5 Sep 2009 6:52 PM

It isn't clear to me what the difference is between syncing files and folders.  How is syncing folders different?

Troy Wolbrink wrote re: Tutorial: Synchronizing Files & Folders
on 8 Sep 2009 5:06 PM

In Windows, folders are where you store your files.  When you save a Word document, for example, you are prompted for the folder in which you'd like to save your document (file).  TntSync can synchronize "Files and Folders" in the sense that it can not only synchronize the files in the folders, but if you add or delete folders, it can make sure these are in sync as well.

Monica_Rempel wrote re: Tutorial: Synchronizing Files & Folders
on 24 Sep 2017 1:36 AM

What file formats can I upload? I can find the "Select File to Synchronize with..." dialogue box, and I have a file in three different formats from my organization (one of them even looks designed for this, and is in a format called ".tntmpd.csv"!) but the dialogue box doesn't seem to be able to accept any of these formats and all of my files are "greyed out" as un-chooseable. Thanks for your help!

Troy Wolbrink wrote re: Tutorial: Synchronizing Files & Folders
on 25 Sep 2017 2:29 PM

Monica, This FAQ article explains what is required when your organization send you a DataSync file with giving info:

TntSync has nothing to do with this type of file.

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