GoodSync

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 735 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    9.9.9.9
  • Total Downloads:
    3,318,656
  • Date Added:
    October 22, 2014
  • File Size:
    21.69MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    4,918
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

Editors' Review

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GoodSync's premium file sync and backup software is usually compared to file sharing tools like Dropbox, but it's very different. Both programs sync files between devices, but GoodSync also backs up files, and it's secure in ways Dropbox et al can't match. It detects block-level changes and only syncs actual changed data. GoodSync has a one-time purchase price with a 30-day free trial.

Pros

GoodSync Connect: Create secure P2P connections to other PCs with GoodSync Connect. GoodSync Connect Discovery can replace Windows' network discovery services on machines with static IP addresses, too.

Two jobs: GoodSync schedules two Jobs: Synchronize, a two-way action that excludes Hidden and System files; and Backup, a one-way task that includes them.

Security: You may be unaware that Cloud storage isn't secure from snoops and authorities. GoodSync lets you do what tools like Dropbox do, only securely and privately.

Advanced options: GoodSync offers many more options than Dropbox and similar tools, including secure server settings, customizable filters for including and excluding files, and Auto Jobs settings.

Cons

User interface: GoodSync's user interface is businesslike but not terribly intuitive or attractive; though you only need to look at it when making changes, or you can use the desktop MiniMode.

Not free or easy: Unlike the Dropbox version most users install, GoodSync isn't free and requires a lot more setup.

Bottom Line

Despite similarities, GoodSync is on a different level from Dropbox et al. For professionals, businesspeople, and other users who need the same sort of convenience but more features, power, and security, GoodSync stands apart.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of GoodSync 9.9.6.6.

 
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1 stars

"Worst Support Ever Received.. Still Doesn't Work"

September 04, 2014  |  By Nathaniel

 |  Version: GoodSync 9

Pros

Um... it used to work, so gee maybe a pro if I had a time machine.

Cons

Tried to make it work, sent numerous online messages (only available TS), tried phone, waited about 30 minutes, kept getting irritating message, and was finally told in recording to use their online support. Excellent example of circular disaster. TS online support was, in a word, a terrible experience. The person appeared to just give some type of very general advice (like a computer program.. and maybe it was) and when I asked, repeatedly for specific advice, I didn't receive it. I'm a paid annual user and I still can't use the program. I sent an e-mail to the corporate office and never heard back. The Roboform program works, and fortunately it seem, I guess to back up all my logins, so I guess I'll have to print them all out, but doesn't that defeat the security of one's logins?

Summary

Very Disappointed in Goodsync's lack of tech support, even when I spent a tremendous amount of time an effort on my part and received some of the worst tech support I've ever received.

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5 stars

"Best file comparison and analysis synchronization tool."

July 07, 2014  |  By snakyjake5

 |  Version: GoodSync 9.8.9.5

Pros

Can detect and discern file changes versus file corruption.
Good comparison rules and analysis to detect changes.
Good use of filters.

Cons

Minor con: Since Amazon S3 charges by storage used (stored and transmitted), I would like the software to tell me exactly what is being transmitted and stored. The software will tell me the storage, but not the transmitted. So far this hasn't been an expensive issue, but it is something I would like to monitor.

The UI is full of powerful and useful information, but might be better organized.

The file analysis is very advanced and can be complex depending on the rules used. This is going to require you learning and doing some experimentation. I did my experimentation, and it does work just like I want it to (and no other alternative has been able to do that).

Summary

What this software will do that few others will do is sync between my local files and files stored on Amazon S3 cloud by comparing file attributes and checksums. What I wanted to do is not only backup files to the cloud, but I wanted to detect when I had file corruption on my local hard drive. Detecting this can be tricky, because I also wanted to avoid false positives. So this software can detect legitimate changes and also detect corruption, signal to the user, suggest or automate an action.

I've tried many other alternatives, and this has been the best.

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1 stars

"Steep learning curve, cryptic UI, pathetic support."

April 30, 2014  |  By photonpharmer

 |  Version: GoodSync 9.8.4.4

Pros

Does what it's programmed to do BUT...

Cons

A new user absolutely MUST comprehend the app's settings. (A lot of work!) Other sync apps are more straightforward.

GS, however, can initiate potentially disastrous deletions on destination drives without warning, resulting in total data loss.

Example: You want to backup date to an external drive so you innocently start a new One-Way Backup "job." Simple enough, so you define what data you want to move from left-to-right and initiate "One-Way Backup." Suddenly data already on your destination drive begins to disappear!

Cancel button!

Sorry, too late, deed is done! Before actually beginning the "Backup" NO warnings appear that existing data is about be deleted from destination (right) drive.

You are now screwed! GoodSync support sends you a copy of their FAQ page cryptically outlining the method for recovering your data...but, it doesn't work. That's all you get; you're on your own, again. Open a ticket and be prepared to wait days for any response; then, maybe not at all.

Summary

Works, but not a friendly, real people solution. Most IT's won't often read all the documentation before running this app safely, let alone tinker with it to discover it's functionality quirks.

How hard is it to code in a pop-up warning system to help assure that casual users don't make fatal data deletion "mistakes". Why would programmers WANT a backup function to automatically delete pre-existing directories and data on a destination drive without first warning a user that their data is about to be deleted?

Save yourself!

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5 stars

"A great program to have if you have an NSD."

April 19, 2014  |  By teckels

 |  Version: GoodSync 9.8.3.5

Pros

It is easy and intuitive and does what it says.

Cons

Too many updates

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5 stars

"Reliable and easy to use"

February 28, 2014  |  By thebigone1868

 |  Version: GoodSync 9.7.9

Pros

easy to use
reliable

Cons

It would be nice to sort by filesize to easily skip large files.

Summary

I've used GS for 8 years and have never had a problem with it. You can set it save deleted files, I even use it with SwiFTP sync with my android tablet and phone.

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1 stars

"Software deleted 250GB of photo files without warning."

February 28, 2014  |  By bertwhite2

 |  Version: GoodSync 9.7.9

Pros

None that I can think of.

Cons

The whole reason I wanted backup software was to prevent what the this backup software did to me. While backing up files from another drive to my E drive it deleted ALL the files on the E drive, plus the 2 backup set of files that I had already backed up to E The only thing left were the files from the last backup. 6 months of Photoshop work on hundreds of pictures lost!

Summary

The only reason to buy backup software is for protection. You need protection from this backup software. I was fine until I tried it and lost months of work with no warning or notification. Buyer beware!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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5 stars

"Excellent Program"

February 22, 2014  |  By rjscooke

 |  Version: GoodSync 9.7.9

Pros

Works well as advertised

Cons

none that I can see

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1 stars

"Software is good - Support is not"

February 21, 2014  |  By rmwizer

 |  Version: GoodSync 9.7.9

Pros

Easy to use and configure, nice to have multiple sync profiles for different document collections

Cons

Support is mediocre to non-existent. Each issue I report consumes several round trip email sessions and several days, sometime weeks to resolve.

Summary

You are better off planning to purchase a new license if you really like this software, when your hard drive fails, if you re-install your OS or you migrate to a different computer. The support team does not seem to understand how to reset the activation acknowledgement if you experience any of the changes to your computer I noted above.

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5 stars

"Great software"

February 13, 2014  |  By Fajah

 |  Version: GoodSync 9.7.8

Pros

Syncs all my files to an external drive, Dropbox, and recently purchased NAS.

Cons

None so far

Summary

Works very well. I just set it and forget it. After month\s free trial, I purchased the software.

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5 stars

"Excellent piece of software."

January 28, 2014  |  By PeterComfort

 |  Version: GoodSync 9.7.6

Pros

Fast. Reasonably easy to use. I am not an expert - but I took to this like a duck to water. Have been using it for 3 years now. It has gotten me out of serious trouble when files got deleted, data loss with system crashes and H/D failure. With valuable data, being able to replace those files can be a lifesaver.

Cons

None really - except you pay dearly for not thinking carefully before you set up your jobs. I have had files overwritten, lost and duplicated through inattention. My fault. File Synching is not trivial. Pay attention.

Summary

I won't go anywhere without GoodSynch and 1TB external Hard drive.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 9.9.9.9
  • CopyACL: fix CopyACL (done as CopyTime) did not work for empty folders.
  • On File Change: Allow %VAR% in sync folder paths.
  • Error Codes: fix them, so that GSTP error codes ae compatible between versions.
  • Office 365 and OneDrive Pro: register grvopen:// protocol handler, so that clicking Sync button in Office365 web site creates sync job with proper URLs.
  • Office 365, OneDrive Bsns: delete token when we get 'invalid audience' error.
  • GDocs: Fix error 'Download: received body length differs from promised'.
  • OneFile: add new OneFile file system, where entire file/folder tree is comparessed, encrypted and placed into one target file.
  • Filters: fix bug in applying Include Non-Absolute Filter such as 'name *.rfp'.
  • Locks: peform Wait For Locks outside the job, not inside the job.
  • Locks: fix incorrect deletion of lock files on User Stop.
  • Sib-Http: always return HTTP code 303 as NotFound error.
  • Elevation: fix erorr processing when sending error from elevated server.
  • GS Explorer: make User Stop work better in Copy/Paster and Drag/Drop.
  • GS Explorer: improve error diagnostics on Copy/Paste and Drag/Drop.
  • Home FS: fix seeting root dir, it was not translating Home FS URLs properly.
  • DAV: Allow listed items with status HTTP 1.0 status.
  • Command Line: add /schedule-details options to control /on-scheduler.
General
Publisher Siber Systems
Publisher web site http://www.siber.com/
Release Date October 17, 2014
Date Added October 22, 2014
Version 9.9.9.9
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 21.69MB
File Name GoodSync-Setup-cnetg.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 3,318,656
Downloads Last Week 4,918
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $29.95

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