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SyncBackFree

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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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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 15 votes

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

    "Great for file mirrors"

    April 9, 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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  • 3.0 stars

    "OK, but deeds 2x free disk space"

    January 6, 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good and free product for quick sync"

    September 9, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Not what I was looking for, but not bad at all!"

    June 9, 2013  |   By jandsm5321

    Version: SyncBackFree 6.3.13.0

    Pros

    Maintains an accurate copy of data and updates it how you want it.
    Low cpu usage, I've never noticed a difference when it is running.
    Plenty of options!
    Free.

    Cons

    A little complex to set up but I got it to do what I wanted after about three tries.

    Summary

    Through a little trial and error I got it to back up my data drive, update files that have been changed, and delete files that I deleted after a month. That way I have 30 days to decide I wanted something that I deleted.

    I was looking for something that kept multiple backups more like Time Machine does, but this will work great for what I need.

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