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SyncToy 2.1 - Scheduling active sync

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  • At the moment, I can't see how to schedule an active sync process - say, every 5 minutes, or after every 'save' in another standard programme, as Iomega Isync Zip 250 used to do (no updates for Vista).
    I'm running Vista 32-bit, Office 2007, and a lame Iomega Isync Zip 250.
    Thank to anyone who can give some constructive advice.
    Saturday, December 12, 2009 2:22 PM

Answers

  • HI ianinzurich,

    You may create a windows Task Schedule to running Synctoy CMD every 5 minutes(pls using Triggers can accurate to the minute), detailed as below:


    Schedule SyncToy

    While you do not have to schedule SyncToy to use it, some users may find it helpful to schedule recurrent SyncToy runs. Perhaps you have a folder pair that takes a long time to sync and you want to run SyncToy in the middle of the night, for example.

    SyncToy does not provide a user interface to schedule folder pairs to run at designated times. However, there is a method to schedule tasks using the Microsoft© Windows© operating system.

     

    Windows Vista/ Win7

    To schedule a task using the operating system:

    1. From the Start menu, select All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Task Scheduler.
    2. Select Create Basic Task in the Actions pane on the right.
    3. Add a Name and Description and select Next.
    4. Choose when you want the task to start and select Next.
    5. Choose date/times (if applicable) to run task and select Next.
    6. Choose Start a Program option and select Next.
    7. Select Browse and locate the SyncToyCmd.exe.
    8. Type "-R" in the Add Arguments textbox. –R all by itself will run all folder pairs that are active for run all. If you want to run just a single folder pair, add –R “My Pair” to the end of the command line.

       

      If the folder pair name contains a space, surround it with quotation marks, as the example above shows. For another example, assume that SyncToy is in the folder named C:\Program Files\SyncToy 2.1\ and that you want to run a folder pair named "My folder pair." Enter the command line as follows, including the quotation marks: "C:\Program Files\SyncToy 2.1\SyncToyCmd.exe" -R "My folder pair." Note that there are two sets of quotation marks in this case: one is around the path to the SyncToy program file and the other surrounds the folder pair name.

       

    Windows XP

    To schedule a task using the operating system:

    1. From the Start menu, select All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Scheduled Tasks.
    2. Select Add scheduled task to start the Scheduled Task Wizard. You will see a list of possible programs to run.
    3. Select Browse and locate the SyncToyCmd.exe.
    4. The wizard will next prompt you to enter how often you want to run the scheduled SyncToy (for example, daily, weekly, et cetera). Select a frequency.
    5. The next page asks when to start the task. Select a start time.
    6. The next page asks for the user name and password to run the program under. Enter your user name and password.
    7. The final page contains an option to open the properties dialog when the wizard ends. Select this checkbox.
    8. Modify the Run textbox to include the –R command line option. –R all by itself will run all folder pairs that are active for run all. If you want to run just a single folder pair, add –R “My Pair” to the end of the command line.

       

      If the folder pair name contains a space, surround it with quotation marks, as the example above shows. For another example, assume that SyncToy is in the folder named C:\Program Files\SyncToy 2.1 and that you want to run a folder pair named "My folder pair." Enter the command line as follows, including the quotation marks: "C:\Program Files\SyncToy 2.1\SyncToyCmd.exe" -R "My folder pair." Note that there are two sets of quotation marks in this case: one is around the path to the SyncToy program file and the other surrounds the folder pair name.

     

    With this version of SyncToy, it is now possible to schedule execution of a folder pair in the following scenarios:
    1. No one is currently logged into the machine.
    2. A different user is logged into the machine.

    Joey Liang
    Your potential our passion This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Monday, December 14, 2009 4:10 AM

All replies

  • HI ianinzurich,

    You may create a windows Task Schedule to running Synctoy CMD every 5 minutes(pls using Triggers can accurate to the minute), detailed as below:


    Schedule SyncToy

    While you do not have to schedule SyncToy to use it, some users may find it helpful to schedule recurrent SyncToy runs. Perhaps you have a folder pair that takes a long time to sync and you want to run SyncToy in the middle of the night, for example.

    SyncToy does not provide a user interface to schedule folder pairs to run at designated times. However, there is a method to schedule tasks using the Microsoft© Windows© operating system.

     

    Windows Vista/ Win7

    To schedule a task using the operating system:

    1. From the Start menu, select All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Task Scheduler.
    2. Select Create Basic Task in the Actions pane on the right.
    3. Add a Name and Description and select Next.
    4. Choose when you want the task to start and select Next.
    5. Choose date/times (if applicable) to run task and select Next.
    6. Choose Start a Program option and select Next.
    7. Select Browse and locate the SyncToyCmd.exe.
    8. Type "-R" in the Add Arguments textbox. –R all by itself will run all folder pairs that are active for run all. If you want to run just a single folder pair, add –R “My Pair” to the end of the command line.

       

      If the folder pair name contains a space, surround it with quotation marks, as the example above shows. For another example, assume that SyncToy is in the folder named C:\Program Files\SyncToy 2.1\ and that you want to run a folder pair named "My folder pair." Enter the command line as follows, including the quotation marks: "C:\Program Files\SyncToy 2.1\SyncToyCmd.exe" -R "My folder pair." Note that there are two sets of quotation marks in this case: one is around the path to the SyncToy program file and the other surrounds the folder pair name.

       

    Windows XP

    To schedule a task using the operating system:

    1. From the Start menu, select All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Scheduled Tasks.
    2. Select Add scheduled task to start the Scheduled Task Wizard. You will see a list of possible programs to run.
    3. Select Browse and locate the SyncToyCmd.exe.
    4. The wizard will next prompt you to enter how often you want to run the scheduled SyncToy (for example, daily, weekly, et cetera). Select a frequency.
    5. The next page asks when to start the task. Select a start time.
    6. The next page asks for the user name and password to run the program under. Enter your user name and password.
    7. The final page contains an option to open the properties dialog when the wizard ends. Select this checkbox.
    8. Modify the Run textbox to include the –R command line option. –R all by itself will run all folder pairs that are active for run all. If you want to run just a single folder pair, add –R “My Pair” to the end of the command line.

       

      If the folder pair name contains a space, surround it with quotation marks, as the example above shows. For another example, assume that SyncToy is in the folder named C:\Program Files\SyncToy 2.1 and that you want to run a folder pair named "My folder pair." Enter the command line as follows, including the quotation marks: "C:\Program Files\SyncToy 2.1\SyncToyCmd.exe" -R "My folder pair." Note that there are two sets of quotation marks in this case: one is around the path to the SyncToy program file and the other surrounds the folder pair name.

     

    With this version of SyncToy, it is now possible to schedule execution of a folder pair in the following scenarios:
    1. No one is currently logged into the machine.
    2. A different user is logged into the machine.

    Joey Liang
    Your potential our passion This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Monday, December 14, 2009 4:10 AM
  • Hello Joey,
    Thanks, I saw this in the help file, and now I'll try it.
    Hopefully the next edition will have a more comfortable scheduler from with the programme itself...
    Best regards,
    Ian
    Thursday, December 17, 2009 5:36 PM
  • You are welcome. :)


    Joey Liang
    Your potential our passion This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Friday, December 18, 2009 3:37 AM
  • I scheduled a task for SyncToy to run overnight, and checked the box "Wake my computer". When I checked the computer this morning nothing had happened. What did I do wrong?
    Wednesday, January 20, 2010 3:00 PM
  • Your computer needs to be in sleep mode in order for the "Wake my computer" option to work.
    Monday, July 11, 2011 12:24 PM
  • To avoid the taskeng.exe window from popping up ever time the scheduler runs SyncToyCmd, I use a script. I created the following script in notepad and then saved is as SyncToy.vbs and then get Task Scheduler to run that instead:

    ‘ SyncToy Scheduler
    Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject(“WScript.Shell”)
    WshShell.Run “”"C:Program FilesSyncToy 2.1SyncToyCmd.exe”" -R” ,7

    The ‘,7′ will start the taskeng.exe window minimised, to hide the window completely it can be changed to ‘,0′

    Tuesday, September 06, 2011 6:09 PM
  • Hi guys,

    I know this is reviving a long dead thread, but it's the best chance I've got of resolving my problem with this.

    Running Windows 7 32bit, I followed the steps word-for-word numerous times and the SyncToyCmd window pops up blank (black) and nothing happens.
    Is there a work around for this? I tried so many ways and still cannot get it to automatically sync once a day.

    Hopefully someone can help with this.

    Chris

    Sunday, August 11, 2013 8:20 PM