Windows

10 Sysinternals tools you shouldn't be without

#10 Sync

This utility was created to mirror a UNIX utility that will allow you to flush cached file system data to disk. Doing this can help prevent problems with lost system information in the event of a system failure, and help to ensure live system information is getting written to disk.

The way I see this being useful depends on how stable you feel your system is. If your computer tends to crash more than you would like (or if you are testing some scenarios), you might create a scheduled task to ensure that the system info is flushed back to disk once per hour or some other pre-defined time frame.

Another cool thing about this sync utility is that USB or ZIP drives or other removable drives can be flushed. You will need administrative privileges to use Sync.

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Derek Schauland has been tinkering with Windows systems since 1997. He has supported Windows NT 4, worked phone support for an ISP, and is currently the IT Manager for a manufacturing company in Wisconsin.

6 comments
AlexNet0
AlexNet0

On the Process Explorer section. "The utility has two panes of information, the top pane *shoes*" (shows) "currently active processes on your system and includes information about the name"

gpachello
gpachello

Very usefull tool for remote command execution. It allows @file where you can put a list of machines to excute the same command on all machines. Regards. G.D.P.

Craig_B
Craig_B

I think all the Sysinternals tools are great and I have a little batch file to keep my local copy up to date. rem Copy New sysinternals tools net use t: \\live.sysinternals.com\tools robocopy t:\ c:\Utils /e /r:2 /w:5 /np /xo net use t: /delete

ehula
ehula

I recognize SysInternals from Process Explorer, but didn't know about ZoomIt. That is a neat little program. I plan on using it tomorrow for a presentation on a new process.

hrosita
hrosita

I have a stubborn file that will not delete while the system is running. I love your solution of Movefile.

iShango
iShango

Thanks for that. I like small simple amd smart. This is all three.