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SyncBack Freeware

CNET Editors' review

This straightforward backup utility makes it a snap to safeguard and synchronize your files, and its freeware price just sweetens the deal. Surprisingly flexible for a free program, SyncBack can save your files anywhere: on external hard drives, in ZIP archives, on network drives, on CDs (using UDF), or transfer them via FTP. Recovering from a drive loss is also cinch, with a convenient restore tool that replicates folder trees along with the files in them.

It lets you define multiple scheduled backup jobs so you can just set 'em and forget 'em, allowing users to create specific backup jobs for certain folders or file types. You can control the way files are compared and selected for backup: the program comes with ready-made profiles to make the process as easy as possible. It's hard not to like that SyncBack doesn't use many system resources when working in the background, and backups can be set to export their logs to an HTML file for easy viewing. All in all, it's an excellent choice for home users and small businesses.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.1 stars

    out of 392 votes

    • 5 star: 216
    • 4 star: 99
    • 3 star: 27
    • 2 star: 18
    • 1 star: 32
  • Current version:

    3.9 stars

    out of 66 votes

    • 5 star: 30
    • 4 star: 16
    • 3 star: 10
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Doesn't work"

    December 27, 2012  |   By taramathea

    Version: SyncBack Freeware 3.2.26

    Pros

    Great idea!

    Cons

    Poor execution - automatic scheduling doesn't work. Useless program if you have to run it manually every time.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great- did exactly what I hoped, quickly, simply"

    November 1, 2012  |   By thank1

    Version: SyncBack Freeware 3.2.26

    Pros

    straightforward -got me there and showed me so-
    -I like the "simulated run" feature
    -seems to handle data with care
    -nice reports, orderly, detailed but easy to read

    Cons

    none so far

    Summary

    I picked this software for a first-try at Sync'ing my Notebook with my Desktop via personal router RJ-45 CAT-5wire network, using "shared documents" folder in "My Network Places"...
    - It worked first time - no hassle - no damage - order and simplicity - good sense of understanding, good vantage of functions - nice reports - I cant imagine a better experience.
    I only used it for Desktop<>Notebook sync, my archive trees are complex, diverse file types
    I know time will test all, but for now, one happy PC user here... thanks CNet and 2BrightSparks!

    file exe: SyncBack_Setup.exe
    file version: SyncBack V3.2.26.0 (English)
    created: Monday, November 08, 2010, 3:42:50 PM
    size: 1.84 MB (1,937,728 bytes)
    SyncBack Free (published-2BrightSparks-CNet download)

    Updated on Nov 1, 2012

    note: OS WinXP SP3 on both machines

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not that simple"

    October 24, 2012  |   By lethal57

    Version: SyncBack Freeware 3.2.26

    Pros

    i am sure it would do the job eventually

    Cons

    one disk backed up at a time, slow, not well laid out

    Summary

    others please

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simply Great"

    September 12, 2012  |   By SimpleUserItsMe

    Version: SyncBack Freeware 3.2.26

    Pros

    All the features I looked for and extra, very well thought through functionality!..

    Cons

    Icons can be a bit bigger

    Summary

    I will be using this for all my backups/Syncs, why do you need something else?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works great, my only Backup Software"

    August 16, 2012  |   By ex_elec_tech

    Version: SyncBack Freeware 3.2.26

    Pros

    Best backup and sync software that I've found, for XP. For a free version, it does everything I need it to.

    I've got it mostly set to backup my hard drive to an external drive, and I can tailor Profiles to tell it exactly which directories I want it to deal with, and exactly how to deal with any changed files therein. I've also used it to sync a directory between two computers on my LAN. Plus, when it's scanned a directory, it gives a list of what it's found, and you can at that point exclude anything.

    And there's online documentation to help you understand anything that might not be obvious, which most all of it is.

    Cons

    I still use XP, so I don't know if there is a version that works on Win7. (I really hope that when I get there, there will be.)

    Summary

    This backup software has totally filled my need for a Backup and Sync program on my XP. And it has never ever messed up anything.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "does a good basic job and very user freindly"

    July 10, 2012  |   By stepen611

    Version: SyncBack Freeware 3.2.26

    Pros

    so easy to use
    ad hoc or easy set up schedule
    runs quietly in the background
    quite versatile

    Cons

    non at this free price tag

    Summary

    recommend it to anyone

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works as advertised"

    June 5, 2012  |   By harkinfromFarifaxStation

    Version: SyncBack Freeware 3.2.26

    Pros

    Simple and intuitive to set up

    Cons

    None really

    Summary

    Got it the other day and set it up to run. Simple, to do. Working as expected. I'm using both the sync and backup functions.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Not for me"

    April 15, 2012  |   By batmandu

    Version: SyncBack Freeware 3.2.26

    Pros

    Easy to install and set up.

    Cons

    Not versatile enough.

    Summary

    Does backups fine at the folder level, but I could find no way to include/exclude specific files in the backup copy.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Software"

    April 14, 2012  |   By danfitek

    Version: SyncBack Freeware 3.2.26

    Pros

    Fully customizable, you can use this software to do anything you want. The interface is great as long as you're an intermediate computer user. I'm glad they don't try to over-simplify.

    Cons

    Not too much to improve. The logging and post-sync report could be a little more functional but it's good enough for free.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "A good program to sync files between computers"

    April 1, 2012  |   By billdaniel

    Version: SyncBack Freeware 3.2.26

    Pros

    I mostly use Windows Live Sync now, which allow syncing over the internet.

    Cons

    Local only

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