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  • 5.0 stars

    "Outstanding Quality Product"

    February 11, 2012  |   By Zylgis

    Version: SyncBack Freeware 3.2.26

    Pros

    -Extremely intuitive interface
    -Extensive functionality
    -Simple to synchronize 1 way, the other way, or both ways
    -Comprehensive reporting
    -Simple to use scheduling
    -Background sync uses very little processing power (you don't even know it's running unless you check it)
    -Optionally "simulates" synchronization so you can see what the results will be before you actually execute it,

    Cons

    None Yet but if I run across anything I'll try to update this review.

    Summary

    -I created 6 "Profiles" & scheduled them to run weekly
    -To start synchronization I went with keeping everything from both PC's ("combine")
    -After that & based on root directory (my vids, my docs, etc.) I chose which pc was the master (the one that can add, delete, & change files) & which pc was the slave (the cloned copy to store)
    -It works superbly for my home network in that I have a notebook PC that I download files (pics, videos, edit docs, etc.) & now it auto syncs to my home network PC server, which is basically a HTPC on Windows 7 running Media Center & other packages. That way I have a backup & with the mirrored directory structure I can use it to access music, pictures, etc. to play on my LCD TV.

    I've used many backup/sync programs over the years (being a network administrator too) & this one is the most intuitive I've seen to date. The price isn't bad either. I'm thinking about going to the Pro version & exploring the additional options, like email backup to Google's cloud. Use it, you won't regret it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The absolute best file sync tool out there."

    February 10, 2012  |   By jjgolfin

    Version: SyncBack Freeware 3.2.26

    Pros

    1. Easy for beginners
    2. Expert mode for more advanced users
    3. Many, many options
    4. Great HTML reports
    5. Runs in background
    6. Easy to set schedule

    Cons

    I haven't really found any cons, yet.

    Summary

    The best free tool out there to sync data files. It can be used by beginners, but also has many options in expert mode for more advanced users. I love this tool!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Useful tool"

    January 24, 2012  |   By e_sarsonas

    Version: SyncBack Freeware 3.2.26

    Pros

    Does the job for free.

    Cons

    Cannot backup or sync files with Chinese characters.

    Summary

    Great for a free software.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great software: Both for Novice and Expert users !!!"

    January 16, 2012  |   By MishraSunny

    Version: SyncBack Freeware 3.2.26

    Pros

    Great piece of software: Both for Novice and Expert users !!!

    Cons

    None so far... I have tested and used the free versions for many yearsnow...

    Summary

    Great piece of software: Both for Novice and Expert users !!!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "New at this but seems to work."

    January 14, 2012  |   By jjkavaky

    Version: SyncBack Freeware 3.2.26

    Pros

    Works thus far

    Cons

    Slow so far

    Summary

    OK but slow so far.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Outstanding...and free!"

    December 26, 2011  |   By bg52

    Version: SyncBack Freeware 3.2.26

    Pros

    It's easy to set up. It does directory syncs & backups. I've been using it for a couple of years. No problems.

    Cons

    I haven't found any...

    Summary

    Download it, and use it. I've been working with computers for many years, and Syncback is a great freeware program!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Gets the job done."

    December 11, 2011  |   By sel75

    Version: SyncBack Freeware 3.2.26

    Pros

    Ease of setup, runs in background. Once setup initially, backups are one click affairs.

    Cons

    Its easy to use, but if you have an elementary knowledge of how backups work, you can take advantage of all its features.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple and clear"

    December 8, 2011  |   By Floki123

    Version: SyncBack Freeware 3.2.26

    Pros

    easy to use, all the options you need are there

    Cons

    none that I noticed

    Summary

    very good

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great backup tool"

    December 4, 2011  |   By Alfionso

    Version: SyncBack Freeware 3.2.26

    Pros

    easy to set up

    Cons

    harder to roll back files to previous revisions

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  • 3.0 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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