PureSync

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 21 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.9.4
  • Total Downloads:
    28,448
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 02, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    10.21MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    23
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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PureSync works with external hard drives, network volumes, and even digital cameras. With this application, you can automate dull tasks such as periodically backing up your files to keep them safe or importing your photos from your digital camera whenever you plug it into your computer.

Pros

Synchronization wizard: Using PureSync's synchronization wizard, you can easily set up a sync between two folders, with the possibility of setting advanced filters and schedules along the way. While the wizard is indeed bursting with options, in most cases you can create a working synchronization without having to fiddle with every single feature.

Powerful scheduling features: One of the app's greatest strengths is being able to automate synchronizations. You can choose among myriad scheduling rules. In our tests, we successfully created two synchronizations: one that worked when the PC was idle for more than 1 second and one that synced every minute regardless of PC load and activity.

Compression/encryption: A really nifty option is the ability to automatically compress the second folder's files in order to save space. You may also opt to encrypt the second folder with a predefined password.

Cons

Unintuitive workflow: When you first start using the app, we recommend you stick to the wizard and apply as few options as possible because there is a definite learning curve due to all the options that are available. Once you're comfortable, you can start branching out and experimenting.

Bottom Line

If you have an external hard drive or a folder on your local network where you like to keep backup copies of your stuff, an app like PureSync is exactly what you need. The best thing about it is that after the initial setup you can completely automate the backup process.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Caution: Changes Key Windows Settings"

February 03, 2015  |  By jwalter90

 |  Version: PureSync 3.8.1

Pros

The concept is great, execution fails

Cons

What you'll discover after you install it - it changes key Windows settings, i.e., it changes where your default settings are located for Thunderbird, Firefox, and other Windows applications.

Summary

If you are still intending to install this software, after you have done so, click on "Advance Tools" to see what other programs have their default settings changed. At a minimum, the program should display those changes before you install the program, not buried somewhere deep in the program. And if you do use Thunderbird or Firefox, you might find these programs will not run correctly as the default settings location is changed. I wasn't willing to take that risk.

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1 stars

"Caution: Changes Key Windows Settings"

January 31, 2015  |  By BearPuppy

 |  Version: PureSync 3.8.1

Pros

The concept is great, execution fails.

Cons

What you'll discover after you install it - it changes key Windows settings, i.e., it changes where your default settings are located for Thunderbird, Firefox, and other Windows applications.

Summary

If you are still intending to install this software, after you have done so, click on "Advance Tools" to see what other programs have their default settings changed. At a minimum, the program should display those changes before you install the program, not buried somewhere deep in the program. And if you do use Thunderbird or Firefox, you might find these programs will not run correctly as the default settings location is changed. I wasn't willing to take that risk.

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5 stars

"Works well syncing to network, USB, XP, 7, etc."

May 13, 2013  |  By chessie1948

 |  Version: PureSync 3.7.6

Pros

We have been using this for a couple of years, with no serious problems. It syncs everything we've needed. We've tried other sync utilities, and this one works the best and most intuitively. It doesn't hurt to run a sync job twice, the second time as a "Binary" verification that everything copied flawlessly, but I've never found any errors in the copied files.

Cons

If you want major changes to an existing sync job, it is better to delete your obsolete sync job and set up a new sync. When syncing Favorites, there are often some failed links which can be cleaned off with a second run -- in the first run, it produces a good link when a link fails, and the next time the job is run, it would clean up those failed links. This seems to be an anomaly only of some kinds of Favorites.

Summary

People having problems with network syncing need to be sure they've set up SHARING across the network -- if they don't know how to do this, they shouldn't blame PureSync. Some "hang" problems early on have been resolved for quite some time now. To use this utility effectively, you do have to understand the process and terminology. There are lots of customized switches to be set for achieving precise results. Some people give low ratings to the software, when it is a user lack of understanding. This software has complex functionality and it is essential to have a brain to use it properly.

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5 stars

"Learning Curve"

February 25, 2013  |  By G-Systems

 |  Version: PureSync 3.7.2

Pros

Works
Allows Syncing Between different Hard Drives
Alerts when plugging external hardrive...prompts

Cons

Does not cleanly syncs
May be confusing in the beginning

Summary

I went looking for some software to automate syncing my internal archive drive to my external hard drive archive. Setting up my machine like this allows me to stay in control of the data that I regularly see. Much of my old data may never be seen again, but, in my experience, when I delete it, I suddenly need it...or believe that something I am looking for was in it.

Thus, PureSync fit the bill for what I needed. However, during the initial syncs, I became a bit confused by the extra "date" folder that appeared. Apparently, this is used to denote when something was synchronized, but it's not something I needed. All I needed was a mirror image of one drive to the other. It works fine now...now that I understand the structure of the software.

Something I find interesting is the fact that any time I plug up a USB Drive, it will automatically ask if I would like to sync something to it. Although it was initially annoying (and probably something I can turn off in the settings...just being lazy right now), the most appropriate use of this, in my opinion, would be if you had an MP3 player capable of being used as an external drive. At that point, you could set up a folder that you always want to sync and then go from there.

That's the only use I see for that, but I'm sure I don't speak for everyone.

Either way, a good piece of software with a nice UI and does what it says...so far at least. I normally run a tight ship on my computer, so your experience may vary. At the least, I would say give it a try and be sure you can read... The settings are quite customizable.

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1 stars

"Scheduled syncs don't work"

September 24, 2012  |  By strickson

 |  Version: PureSync 3.6.2

Pros

Fine for manual backups where you control what you are doing.

Cons

Instructions were badly translated from German, and, contrary to what the OP said, totally unintuitive.
Nothing happens on a schedule, on start up, shut down, etc. The program only works when you actually open it and set it running. Am I missing something here?

Summary

I think I'll stick with SyncToy.

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1 stars

"A software pig of a product"

November 10, 2011  |  By cd527phd

 |  Version: PureSync 3.1.5

Pros

Since it was free it did not cost anything to find out this software is not ready for prime time.

Cons

Does not seem to run on a Windows 7 system.

Summary

After crashing once I found that the program just seems to hang, and hang, and well you get the picture. Other than a desktop shortcut which does not seem to do anything I did not find any appearance the program was running in the task bar or or nearly anywhere else on my computer. Since I run a very speedy Windows 7 system this was surprising, but after a four day wait for something (scanning files perhaps) to occur I gave up and tried again. PureSync maybe wonderful for Cnet editors, but I think that I will stick with some of the other sync programs which do have a proven track record.

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2 stars

"Easy to setup, Poor to run without constant user input"

October 05, 2011  |  By Cindy62707

 |  Version: PureSync 3.1.3

Pros

Easy to setup for the most part.

Cons

It stalls out on files that it can't read, waiting for user input before proceeding. It wants to put the files in 2 locations and no way to let you fix that.

Summary

It is extremely slow because of the CONSTANT USER INPUT needed to get past files that it can't read. I needed to get a failing hard drive copied before it dies and this hold up is unacceptable. It needs to run to the end without the user having to sit and monitor every file of a 500 GB drive to keep it moving in the copy process. My backup has been running for over 16 hours because of this and it is no where near done. Put the bad files in a list for viewing and dealing with AFTER everything else is copied.


My backup has been running for 16 hours because of this. It needs a way to put problem files in a list for later viewing and continuing on with those it can backup WITHOUT CONSTANT USER INPUT. Who has time to sit and watch the backup?


My backup has been running for 16 hours because of this. It needs a way to put problem files in a list for later viewing and continuing on with those it can backup WITHOUT CONSTANT USER INPUT. Who has time to sit and watch the backup?

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5 stars

"Top notch program"

September 16, 2011  |  By StarNStripe

 |  Version: PureSync 3.1.3

Pros

Scheduler, comparison with back/forth copying and deleting if necessary. Good options. Small footprint. No noticeable slowdown.

Cons

I don't believe there's a way to categorize different sync profiles if you are loaded down with a bunch of them.

Summary

I'm replacing the software I paid for with PureSync

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4 stars

"Good free software for home use"

June 10, 2011  |  By mfmor

 |  Version: PureSync 3.0.3

Pros

Easy to set up
Good ability to preview what will happen before you decide to sync

Cons

Help text slightly confusing, but it's quite intuitive to use anyway

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5 stars

"Excellent for syncing folders"

June 10, 2011  |  By chandleraz1

 |  Version: PureSync 3.0.3

Pros

Very configurable, and user-friendly.
Allows a preview before sync, and a review after sync.
You can edit and change settings for any jobs.
It is very fast compared with Sync Toy.

Cons

None I could tell

Summary

I used it for syncing files/folders on external disks, USB keys, and cloud without any problems. I also successfully used it to compare files in folders, just to identify folder differences without intent to sync (just don't click that last step).

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.9.4
Version 3.9.4 is a bug fixing release.
General
Publisher Jumping Bytes
Publisher web site http://www.mobile-master.com
Release Date April 02, 2015
Date Added April 02, 2015
Version 3.9.4
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 10.21MB
File Name PureSyncInst.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 28,448
Downloads Last Week 23
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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