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PureSync

CNET Editors' review

Syncing can be a useful feature in a variety of contexts. People sync files between computers and USB drives for easy portability, between computers and external hard drives to create backups, and between cameras and computers so that images can be edited and shared. PureSync is a full-featured program that helps users sync data among a variety of sources and destinations. It's one of the most useful and well-designed programs we've seen in a while.

PureSync's interface is attractive and intuitive, with a wizard dialog that helps users set up and save synchronizations. The four different options under the New Jobs heading allow users to configure synchronizations between folders or drives, create new backups or photo syncs, and transfer files between computers. The wizard walks users through each step of the process, making it easy to set up syncing even if you've never done it before. The program then displays each created job in a list so that users can find and execute particular synchronizations with ease. Users can view a comparison between the source and destination folders before running the synchronization, ensuring that there are no surprises after the sync is complete. The program comes with a detailed, well-written Help file that does a good job of explaining its features. Overall, we think PureSync is a great choice for anybody who regularly needs to move files from one place to another.

PureSync installs a desktop icon without asking but uninstalls cleanly. We recommend this program to all users.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 2.0 stars

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

    October 5, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 3.0 stars

    "Lack of network support"

    June 8, 2011  |   By kwade1

    Version: PureSync 3.0.3

    Pros

    Works great for personal, non-enterprise environments.

    Cons

    Software is unable to access specific network directories. Access only to mapped directories. This will not work for a large scale enterprise environment.

    Summary

    Use this at home for a good file sync/backup software.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Network Support Minimal"

    June 5, 2011  |   By tomorrowsman

    Version: PureSync 3.0.3

    Pros

    Couldn't use.

    Cons

    Couldn't choose anything but top-level network drives.

    Summary

    Without network folder support, it's useless to me.

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