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SyncBack Freeware

Download Editors' Rating:
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Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 396 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.2.26
  • Total Downloads:
    771,883
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 11, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    13.53MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    269
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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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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  • Current Version

    3.9

    out of 66 votes

    • 5 star 30
    • 4 star 16
    • 3 star 10
    • 2 star 5
    • 1 star 5
  • All Versions

    4.1

    out of 396 votes

    • 5 star 219
    • 4 star 99
    • 3 star 28
    • 2 star 18
    • 1 star 32
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3 stars

"Good for advanced users but needs some refining."

November 16, 2011  |  By victor-bailey

 |  Version: SyncBack Freeware 3.2.26

Pros

Free, advanced features.

Cons

Not very intuitive for new users. Error code system needs refining.

Summary

I have used Syncback for three years now. You can get the job done with it, but there is an initial steep learning curve to get started. Syncback give you a lot of a control options right up front. But all these options can be overwhelming to new users who are just looking for a one button approach to backing up their photo album to their external hard drive.

My main qualm with synback is the error code system. Synchronizing files seems simple enough, but with the millions of file types, and file and network permissions, there are just so many variables that something is bound to go wrong. And when something does go wrong (which is almost always), sync back give you an error code. Syncback does not tell you what is wrong; it just tells you that something is wrong. The codes it gives you are as useless as the the check engine light on your car. You can try to ask the experts, but they have no more idea of what's wrong then you do.

I recently tried to back up my entire photo album (150 GB) to an external drive. After the operation was done, syncback issued a log showing that about 500 files could not be synchronized. This is not the first time I have seen this error code either. The error code it gave for all 500 files was "Access Denied" (mostly jpg files). After days of trouble shooting I went looking for help from syncback. Since I was using the free version I did not qualify for technical support and was told to try the syncback user forums for help. After a few days of posting and following advice with no results, I was finally told by a senior syncback user that there was no way to know what was causing the access denied error because it could be caused by thousands of different issues. Why even have an error code like that? I have been told the same thing about the check engine light on my car. Again I say, why even have a warning system if it does not tell you what is wrong?

So, after all the trouble I went to through to try and find out how to fix the problem and coming up dry; I decided to try another file synchronization program. I downloaded FreeFileSync from cnet and tried it. It is so much easier get started with. FreeFileSync only showed about ten errors (not 500 like SyncBack). But this time instead of giving me a useless indecipherable error code, FreeFileSynce actual gave me a detail description of what the problem was. The files that cause the errors were system files like, thumbs.db (The files that caused the errors on Syncback were jpg files). The error code that FreeFile Sync gave was this, "Win32 Error: The process cannot access the file because another process has locked a portion of the file". So, FreeFileSync, told me what was wrong. Where as SyncBack just told me that there was something wrong with their error code "Access Denied".

FreeFileSync also give you a side by side explorer type view of your synchronized folders with a button function down the middle that allows to manually copy files over individually and in either direction.

After three years of pulling my hair out with Syncback, I say "Good by SyncBack, Hello FreeFile Sync!".

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1 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 stars

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

November 01, 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 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 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 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 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 stars

"Works as advertised"

June 05, 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 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 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 stars

"A good program to sync files between computers"

April 01, 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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General
Publisher 2BrightSparks
Publisher web site http://www.2BrightSparks.com
Release Date November 11, 2010
Date Added November 11, 2010
Version 3.2.26
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Backup Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 13.53MB
File Name SyncBack_Setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 771,883
Downloads Last Week 269
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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