SyncBackFree

SyncBackFree

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 393 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
6.3.13.0
File Size:
10.92MB
Date Added:
February 26, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
758,699
Downloads Last Week:
554
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

SyncBackFree allows you to create backups of your computer quickly and efficiently, with clear directions to help even inexperienced users make the right decisions. In addition to creating backups, this program also can synchronize files and create mirror profiles, and you can choose to compress your files or not each time you run a backup.

Pros

Thorough instructions: Instructions for this program are available in multiple formats including online, a PDF, and an HTML Help File. No matter what form you choose, you'll find thorough and clear explanations for how to complete each step of the backup process and why it's important.

Simulated report: After you set up your backup, but before you actually run it, you can have the program generate a simulated report to show what will happen when you do actually put the process in motion. If you're satisfied with the results the report provides, you can quickly run the backup as well.

Automatic backup schedule: In addition to running manual backups through this program, you can also set it up to run them automatically, at whatever intervals you choose. In fact, you can create multiple backup profiles for different sets of files and folders, and then run backups for each of those on different schedules and at different intervals.

Cons

Difficult interface: The interface is not intuitive at all, and it is hard to figure out without consulting the Help file. This is a fine option for inexperienced users, as long as you don't mind spending some time reading through the detailed instructions provided. But experienced users probably don't want to go over a bunch of information they already know just to find out where certain features are, and that means a lot of poking around before you can actually get the program to do what you want.

Bottom Line

SyncBackFree offers a good number of useful features and valuable functionality, although the interface is a bit lacking.

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  • All Versions:

    4.1

    out of 393 votes

    • 5 star: 216
    • 4 star: 99
    • 3 star: 28
    • 2 star: 18
    • 1 star: 32
  • Current Version:

    3.9

    out of 16 votes

    • 5 star: 9
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 3 stars

    "Works most of the time. V6.5.30 is a bit buggy"

    May 09, 2014   |   By johnroth26

    Version: SyncBackFree 6.3.13.0

    Pros

    Price
    Features

    Cons

    see summary

    Summary

    - V6.5.30 is a bit buggy
    Several checkbox options are not saved correctly.

    When copying a profile, the file selections of the 'copy from' profile are retained even though the folder path is changed and completely different.

    Sometimes erroneous error are displayed after a profile has run indication that it could not copy a file. However, the file it reports the error on is in a completely different folder!

    - Bizzar user interface decisions
    The developers have made some very strange user interface decisions.
    Examples below.

    There is no way to clear the status of a profile once if has been run. However, if the profile is part of a group, the status of ONLY the group can be cleared.

    When copying a profile, the file selections of the 'copy from' profile are retained even though the folder path is changed and completely different. There is a cleanup button to remove the erroneous files / folders from the list. But why include them in the first place? They don't belong! There is a checkbox to automatically clear these erroneous files / folders from the list. However, the placement of this checkbox forces you to see the erroneous data before you are able to clear it. In addition, the cleanup automatically checkbox is only saved sometimes.

    There is a button panel toolbar that allow quick access to popular items. Unfortunately, the developers have decided the buttons that are displayed and have provided no way for the user to change them.

    Hope you like 8pt font size. ALL data and labels through the entire application is fixed at 8pt. There is an option to change the font face but NOT size! This is just unacceptable!

    There are nagging prompts for everything. The good news is that there are checkbox options to silence them. Unfortunately, these checkbox settings are on a per profile basis and NOT global. So you get to set them for every profile!

    Each profile has an encryption option. Oddly, when you select this option in the left pane, a blank right pane is displayed with the message "Click here for encryption information". Why not just show the encryption information when the encryption tab is selected???

    Very strange user interface in spots!

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  • 5 stars

    "Great for file mirrors"

    April 09, 2014   |   By vgevge

    Version: SyncBackFree 6.3.13.0

    Pros

    Runs in the background nicely.
    Makes good file mirrors.
    Easy setup and preset profiles.
    Free.

    Cons

    Its hard to stop all scheduled operations temporarily.

    Summary

    This software is not only free, it is also easier to use, has more features, and runs more nicely than other paid file copy utilities.

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  • 3 stars

    "OK, but deeds 2x free disk space"

    January 06, 2014   |   By csomervi

    Version: SyncBackFree 6.3.13.0

    Pros

    Backs up a drive without stopping for each file a regular copy might ask you some question for, or stop altogether.

    Result is ZIP file - save some space.

    Cons

    Requires space on some disk partition for a work file as large as the eventual ZIP file, and then it copies the completed work file to the completed ZIP file.

    I ended up using 7Zip for backing up my largest partitions.

    Summary



    Updated on Jan 6, 2014

    Sorry: s/deeds/needs/ :-)

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  • 1 stars

    "Kept freezing my computer"

    December 14, 2013   |   By Pids1

    Version: SyncBackFree 6.3.13.0

    Pros

    There are no pros. Kept freezing when attempting to run.

    Cons

    Tried it twice and both times froze my laptop. Took up many system resources. Very slow and unreliable program.

    Summary

    I would not recommend this backup software to anyone. It's better to just copy your files manually.

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  • 4 stars

    "Very good software, just a bit slow"

    September 14, 2013   |   By faldi66

    Version: SyncBackFree 6.3.13.0

    Pros

    It works, always

    Cons

    Slow (I must say I backup 2-3 GB, once a week)

    Summary

    Good but I hope they will increase its speed in checking and backupping just the newer files

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  • 5 stars

    "Good and free product for quick sync"

    September 09, 2013   |   By MagisterCl

    Version: SyncBackFree 6.3.13.0

    Pros

    easy to use
    free
    works without flaws

    Cons

    I couldn't say any.

    Summary

    I like how the program works. I have it on my PC and use everyday for syncing my PC data to a External Drive. It works great for me.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great for backing up to a network drive."

    August 27, 2013   |   By alandaviesi

    Version: SyncBackFree 6.3.13.0

    Pros

    Easy to use. Unlike most backup software, it will copy across the network backing up to a remote network drive.

    I have been using this for about a year and it has saved my bacon. I was able to access previous version of overwritten files and rewrite files from a broken PC to a new PC. Intuitive to set up and use.

    It provides a log to your pc after backup so you can monitor if there is any problem.

    Cons

    None I can think of.

    Summary

    Great software, highly recommended.

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  • 1 stars

    "FREE VERSION DID NOT WORK and support request rejected"

    August 13, 2013   |   By JJOOHHNNMM

    Version: SyncBackFree 6.3.13.0

    Pros

    Non that I can find

    Cons

    The blurb appeared to do just what I wanted, but in practice, it failed to run the backup profile.
    No product support available for free version.

    Summary

    I downloaded and installed SyncBackFree twice, and each time, I set up a profile as described in the My First Backup.pdf file. The simulated run completed successfully, but running the profile for real failed with all files showing the message "Failed to copy from Source : Cannot copy file (5): Access is denied" in the log file.
    I was trying to backup data files from my C:drive to my D:Recovery drive on a Windows7 OS. This seemed like a simple enough task. There were oodles of free space on my D:drive.
    Everything I read about this software indicated that it was very popular and it appeared that it should do everything that I wanted it do, but it DID NOT WORK.

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  • 5 stars

    "Good backup, does everything the average person needs."

    June 22, 2013   |   By joetteka

    Version: SyncBackFree 6.3.13.0

    Pros

    Keeps my computer backed up, so I when I test something and things go wrong, I know I can get my data back. I've tried others, and they are not as flawless, nor as versatile. This one allows me to back up over my wifi connection, or to any other medium I choose, something others don't come close to allowing.

    Cons

    It is a little hard to set up the first time, but even I figured it out without reading the instructions, so others should be able to use it just as easily!

    Summary

    I've used it for years, and it just keeps being better than any others I've tried out there.

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  • 5 stars

    "Thumbs up! Excellent and BS Free"

    June 22, 2013   |   By Crankinoldies

    Version: SyncBackFree 6.3.13.0

    Pros

    I tested 8 or more free backups over a few months.
    One thing about Syncback, it works. No annoying
    message with some excuse why it didn't. I pointed
    a folder across the network to a NAS. Worked
    like a charm, every time!

    Cons

    None. For me, works flawlessly.

    Summary

    Like I said, it works, AND no BS.
    The settings were slightly complicated,
    but after that, no problem.

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