How to Use Rsync Windows & Rsync Alternative for Windows 10

What Is Rsync

Rsync stands for remote synchronization. It is a Linux/Unix-based utility for local and remote data backup and synchronization. Using the Rsync command, you can synchronize files and directories across directories, disks, or networked computers.

  • It supports copying links, devices, owners, groups, and permissions.
  • It uses compression and decompression methods to send and receive data at both ends at the same time, so the occupied bandwidth utilization is low.
  • It is faster than SCP (secure copy) because Rsync uses the remote update protocol, which only allows the difference between the two sets of files to be transferred.

How to Use Rsync

This part is about how to use Rsync for Windows. The details are as follows.

Step 1: Install Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)

There are many ways to run Linux commands in Windows 10. One is Linux and Windows dual boot, which allows you to choose which system to start at boot, but it may be troublesome, especially when you don’t try to use Linux often.

Step 2: Install Rsync

You can use the following command in your Linux distribution to install the Rsync package. Different distributions have the corresponding command. You need to choose it based on your Linux distribution.

Step 3: Start to Use Rsync

Some common options are used with the Rsync command.

  • -z: Compress file data.
  • -r: Recursively copy data (but does not retain time stamps and permissions when transferring data.
  • -a: Archive mode, allowing recursive copying of files, it also preserves symbolic links, file permissions, user and group ownership, and timestamps.
  • -h: Human-readable, output numbers in a human-readable format.

Rsync Alternative for Windows 10

From the content above, you can find that as a command in Linux, Rsync can be used in Windows 10, but the process is complicated and time-consuming. Thus, to back up and synchronize files locally and remotely more conveniently, there is a Rsync alternative — MiniTool ShadowMaker for you.

  • MiniTool ShadowMaker also provides three different backup schemes so that it enables you to manage disk space by deleting some old backup images. The Incremental backup scheme is chosen by default and you can click the Scheme feature to change.
  • You can set some advanced backup parameters such as changing image creation mode, compressing files size, and so on by clicking the Options button.
  • Specify the source and destination for files sync.
  1. Under the Sourcetab, three paths are available: Administrator, Libraries, and Computer. You can choose a source to select files. Then click OKto continue.
  • You can click Sync Now to perform file sync or click Sync Later to postpone it. Besides, you can continue this sync task on the Manage page.

Bottom Line

Here is the information about Rsync Windows 10. You can know what it is and how to use it. However, it’s complicated and time-consuming. Thus, you can try the Backup feature and Sync feature of MiniTool ShadowMaker as the Rsync alternative for Windows 10.


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