How do I copy all my SyncToy pairs from one machine to another?

Jacques Riopel 20 Reputation points
2023-10-14T09:41:25.3466667+00:00

I need to replace my computer on which Synctoy was installed and had a lot of pairs I ran with a CRON job. Is it possible to move all the pair info from 1 machine to the other without manually recreating each one? Registry? System folder somewhere?

My plan is to connect the external drive from my old PC to the new one, make sure the same drive letters are assigned, then move the SyncToy pairs to the old machine so they can run like on the old one. I wonder if those funky long-named hidden synctoy files from the old machine will still be OK when moved to the new machine?

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A collection of Microsoft tools and documentation for automating desktop and server deployment. Previously known as Microsoft Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment (BDD).
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  1. XinGuo-MSFT 14,851 Reputation points
    2023-10-16T07:25:39.9133333+00:00

    Hi,

    SyncToy doesn't provide a built-in feature to export and import pair configurations between machines. However, you can copy all your SyncToy pairs from one machine to another by copying the SyncToyDirPairs.bin file from the old machine to the new one. This file contains all the folder pair information and metadata required by SyncToy to work together. You can find this file in the following location on your old machine: %localappdata%\Microsoft\SyncToy\2.0\SyncToyDirPairs.bin.

    Once you have copied this file to your new machine, you can place it in the same location as on your old machine: %localappdata%\Microsoft\SyncToy\2.0\SyncToyDirPairs.bin. Make sure that you have installed SyncToy on your new machine before copying this file over.

    I hope this helps!

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