SyncBackFree

SyncBackFree

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 393 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.2.30.0
  • Total Downloads:
    759,932
  • Date Added:
    January 08, 2013
  • File Size:
    10.92MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    370
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP

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

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    out of 393 votes

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1 stars

"SyncBack + Cripple Ware"

November 06, 2013  |  By ranger207

 |  Version: SyncBackFree 6.2.30.0

Pros

Good reviews, but in using, I don't see the attraction.

Cons

Can't even do a simple folder transfer / backup from one internal HDD to a second internal HDD, without upgrading to the SE or Pro ($35. $55.) version.

Summary

Plenty of good free backup programs without wasting time, only to find out it's cripple-ware.

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4 stars

"Good basic backup program"

July 16, 2013  |  By ClayCahill

 |  Version: SyncBackFree 6.2.30.0

Pros

Simple job setup with some more advanced features for secure backups (encryption, secure login, detailed logging, etc.). Small resource footprint

Cons

Old style single directory backup jobs. If you have a job that requires multiple adjacent directories or directories on different volumes, you have to make a different job for each highest level directory (though you can group jobs into batches... still lots of extra work in the check-box GUI age).

Faux differential mode scans entire job lot for changes causing much disc spin (though I understand true differential backups are offered for the paid version).

Summary

Excellent choice if you have just a couple of specific directories to back up (with a non-critical time period for rescans for changes... not more than 2x per day to save disc spin)

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5 stars

"A Reliable, Rock Solid, GIT-R-DUN Program"

February 24, 2013  |  By J. T. Corndoq

 |  Version: SyncBackFree 6.2.30.0

Pros

A somewhat computer savvy user can download, install and have it working on the most common backup tasks in a few minutes. More complex tasks require greater understanding of the settings, as should be expected. (You should know who you are by now.)

Cons

None I have ever found, and I've been using SyncBackFree for a very long time.

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1 stars

"Very Bad! Destination is not identical to the source!"

February 16, 2013  |  By oyajifr

 |  Version: SyncBackFree 6.2.30.0

Pros

free highly configurable

Cons

Very bad! I just test it the destination directory is not identical to the source directory! Just go and see in property of each folder and see a big difference

Summary

I much prefer Rapidusb Backup

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4 stars

"Better than any other 'free' I've used before"

February 06, 2013  |  By ishmo65

 |  Version: SyncBackFree 6.2.30.0

Pros

Very flexible setup of backup 'profiles'. Simulated run feature is excellent - allows you to check what happens. Scheduler is great - runs on time. Group profile allows you to run a set of profiles as one backup

Cons

Annoying that a profile has to be setup with some basic details (3) before you get a separate dialogue to select Source and Destination folders and whether to schedule the profile. Asks for Windows password for scheduled runs - naughty, especially as no way to check if this is passed on in anyway ! Has feature to turn password requirement off for scheduling - this is worrying if it does this in the wrong way (too 'scared' to 'see what happens' with this feature). Group profiles confusing at first - should really ask when a standard profile has been completed whether it should go into a group. Should be able to click on a profile and add it to an existing group (rather than only being able to open a group and then add a profile).

Summary

Excellent piece of software, spoiled by some annoyances , a few (password/security-related) of which should be dropped by the Author asap or re-though thoroughly and implemented differenly !

Updated on Feb 6, 2013

Review of Version 6.2.30.0

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5 stars

"Brilliant utility"

February 06, 2013  |  By RakeshB100

 |  Version: SyncBackFree 6.2.30.0

Pros

I have been using version 3 for years and just upgraded to 6. A good product is now better. It copied files with long names that the older version couldn't and the log is presented in a much more usable way.

Cons

None that I can see in Version 6.

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2 stars

"Free no good"

January 26, 2013  |  By boongsong

 |  Version: SyncBackFree 6.2.30.0

Pros

Don't know. Wasn't able to use it due to formatting error

Cons

I downloaded the free version to see if I would be interested. When I tried to back-up a software file, it would't do it because the CD must be formatted to UDF. Posted a question in SyncBack forum. Was told that only the Pro version will back-up to CDs that haven't been formatted to UDF. Used the link they provided to sites that would re-format to UDF but was told if there were additional downloads included, I was "on my own". Spent 3 days search web and cannot find any place(that I trust) to download the software to re-format my discs. And, the Pro version is too expensive for me, being on a very limited budget

Summary

SyncBack might be a good program, but to use the free version as a means of "switching and baiting" by using the UDF formatting to keep anyone from being able to back-up anything.
Won't buy it and will not recommend to anyone.

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4 stars

"Solid product and upgrade"

January 17, 2013  |  By stanislavf

 |  Version: SyncBackFree 6.2.30.0

Pros

The upgrade process is relatively seamless. You may have to redo the schedule, but that is not a bad deal.

The interface is straightforward (although this version is different than the other versions).

It works with large USB 3.0 drives, which the built in Windows 7 backup does not work with (all of them). Of course that is doing an image backup also.

Cons

The upgrade process will not preserve some things, such as if you have compression settings and passwords and it does not know the location of your previous version of syncback for copying some of the profiles (strange).

It depends on Windows concept of file ownership and such in a strange way. For instance, my login has full admin privileges, but at one time I moved my C drive to a D drive and windows views the files as "owned" by a different user. As an admin I can do anything with those files, but the program chokes on some of those as being locked and owned by someone else. Not a huge deal, but causes a big error report and I then went to the trouble of changing ownership on all the files.

Summary

For a free program, this is hard to beat. I would love to see (even for the paid version) a variety of features focused on CLOUD backup and synchronizing. Without going into a full product manager description, the fact that Dropbox and Skydrive both require their own folder makes them hard to use in some ways. I would like to see interesting methods of synchronizing to the cloud from multiple computers that allows the preservation of a normal directory structure. I would even pay for it, if it were done right. For now I do some tricks with this program that work, but is not drag and drop easy.

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5 stars

"Best Backup Sync Program!!!"

January 17, 2013  |  By 616Bear

 |  Version: SyncBackFree 6.2.30.0

Pros

Simple, free, does every basic sync functions, and it offers "no install" for flash installation.

Cons

Been using for few years...none

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 6.2.30.0
  • New: Wake to run option when creating and editing schedules on Vista and newer
  • Fixed: Was not correctly modifying profiles to remove features not supported
  • Fixed: Watch Programs settings corrupted if profile edited, could cause high CPU usage when profile run
  • Updated: If a folder or cannot be scanned because the folder cannot be accessed (apart from not existing) then now a critical error instead of non-critical
  • Updated: Default filters updated
  • Updated: Help file
  • General
    Publisher 2BrightSparks
    Publisher web site http://www.2BrightSparks.com
    Release Date January 08, 2013
    Date Added January 08, 2013
    Version 6.2.30.0
    Category
    Category Utilities & Operating Systems
    Subcategory Backup Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows 2000
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 10.92MB
    File Name SyncBack_Setup.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 759,932
    Downloads Last Week 370
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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