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Syncovery

CNET Editors' review

Synchronizing and backing up files is extremely simple thanks to this backup program's ease-of-use. With views tailored to novices and more experienced users, it will appeal to both.

Super Flexible File Synchronizer uses a wizard-like approach for beginners. Simply select the task that you wish to accomplish and the program walks you through the process of getting the job done. Its second user interface mode (Advanced) gets right to the point and lets you manually create and edit backup tasks. The Program Settings menu offers tons of configuration options for storing profiles, start-up, log files, and notifications. And despite the many options, we weren't overwhelmed or confused by the instructions. We walked through both synchronization methods, and were able to very quickly and easily synchronize folders. Using the advanced method interface, we were able to export our selected profiles to our location of choice, and we were able to view any activity through the log files.

In terms of help, the program offers the most extensive Help resources we've seen. It comes with six Help menus that each focus on a different aspect of the program, such as editing and scheduling profiles. There is also a tips feature and a link to the publisher's Web site. The 30-day trial period is more than enough time to learn the program's ins and outs. We highly recommend this file backup program for all user levels.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Rock solid backup - many options"

    October 17, 2012  |   By cbk780

    Version: Syncovery 6.13

    Pros

    I have been using this software for several years. I use it to make multiple backup copies of my file server and PC drives. It is rock solid. I have transferred many gigabytes with never an error.

    Among the options I like are the ability to create mirrors, to make certain that files are never deleted from the backup, to adjust folders in the backup when they change at the source and to use cloud and ftp for backup as well as hard disks.

    Cons

    No major problems

    Summary

    This is my go to program for backup security. It does everything I need, automatically. It notifies me by email so I am sure the backups worked. It does what it is supposed to do and does it very well.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Nice Product"

    April 26, 2012  |   By fitnesstrainingpoint

    Version: Syncovery 5.71

    Pros

    1) Works across platforms
    2) Easy to configure and use
    3) Automatically backs up and syncs to FTP

    Cons

    Issue, This is trial. we want full version :p

    Summary

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  • 5.0 stars

    "WORKS AS PROMISED"

    April 21, 2012  |   By rlsouth

    Version: Syncovery 5.70

    Pros

    A straight forward interface that is not confusing. Lots of options. Best of all it works correct which is most important when protecting data.

    Cons

    The help section says there is data encryption but I'm still looking for it.

    Summary

    Great stuff! The software works as promised. I have yet to find a missed file. I have several internal and external hard drives and Super Flexible... has saved me many, many hours...even just over the trial period. I first tried Genie Timeline...it is pretty on the outside but it's a disaster on the inside. I have followed reviews on CNET for years and found this product because of CNET. It was after this great experience that prompted me to post my first review.
    -Rich, (Virginia Beach)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Still the best!!!"

    January 17, 2012  |   By calimnet

    Version: Syncovery 5.63

    Pros

    It's incredibly flexible. It's unlikely that you will not find a setting to customise your backup to exactly what you need. Support is first class and super quick. Most of my questions turn out to be setting related (oversights on my part) and the responses are always quick and helpful. Works very well with Amazon S3.

    Cons

    It is so flexible and customiseable that sometimes I get a bit confused, but that's only me. Overall I love the flexibility.
    It's a little quirky with Google storage, but I understand that this is more a problem with Google but I do wish SFFS could come up with some work-arounds.

    Summary

    This SW is incredible value for money, I have been using it for years and I highly recommend it. Updates are regular and support is incredible. It is "super flexible"!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Super Reliable and Well-Behaved"

    January 7, 2012  |   By baysidemk

    Version: Syncovery 5.62

    Pros

    This program lives up to its name, with options to do so many different things. What led me to choose this program after trying many others is reliability.

    I back up to multiple locations, including network drives. This is the only program I found that consistently completed large backups to network drive without getting hung up when there were intermittent network problems or individual file lock or permission issues.

    There are settings to limit which processors the program will use on multiple-CPU PCs and a priority setting to control how aggressive the program is ion competing for resources so that you can let backups run while you are using the PC without having it grind to a halt.

    Cons

    Some of the options tabs can be a bit complex.

    Summary

    The best option out ther for reliable unintrusive backup.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Useless for Amazon EC2"

    June 13, 2011  |   By beadsland

    Version: Syncovery 5.48a

    Pros

    I wasn't impressed, honestly.

    Cons

    no option for passwordless SSH; no apparent option for selective subfolder upload/exclusion

    Summary

    Doesn't allow SSH without a password, even if a certificate is provided. Default config of EC2 linux AMI is passwordless, with cert and inbound IP detection.

    Also, couldn't find where one would specify selective upload or exclusion of specific folders.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "As it's name implies; it's Super flexible"

    February 15, 2011  |   By marcwilliams

    Version: Syncovery 5.32b

    Pros

    Love the flexibility but especially every conceivable means of backing up whether some files go to a removable drives, others to a network drive and still others to any given ftp site.

    Cons

    I haven't looked for it as I haven't needed it but it could use beginner, Intermediate and Super User UI's therefore this feature may exist and I just haven't had the need for it.

    Summary

    Best of Breed

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Absolutely the best file sync & backup in it's class"

    January 24, 2011  |   By jshavitz

    Version: Syncovery 5.30d

    Pros

    amazingly flexible (as the name!), local, network, FTP, versioning.. you name it. read the reviews on Cnet, elsewhere-all spot on! I have tried many other products, especially for our industry, and have been disappointed. 10 Stars out of Five!

    Cons

    none so far..

    Summary

    for personal, desktop, SOHO backup, I cannot recommend any other product. you could spend $500 - $2000 for some of the enterprise packages for replication and backup and still not get this type of performance. excellent work.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The linchpin app in my backup scheme. (I'm a Mac user.)"

    January 4, 2011  |   By j-mobile

    Version: Syncovery 5.21b

    Pros

    Fast. Smart. The ability to mirror drives, and to choose direction of left-to-right, right-to-left, or two-way, is insanely useful. Format-independent. Sync drives. Sync folders.

    Cons

    With the few updates that have been issued since I first bought it, I seriously do not have any issues with this app.

    Summary

    Here's my backup scheme (which I admit isn't the most sophisticated, but it works for me...knock on wood): Every time I buy a drive, I buy a matching drive (in terms of size) as its backup, *if* I don't already have a drive that has enough defragged free space that I can repartition (using Drive Genius). That is, if I buy a 500GB drive, I will repartition a drive to make a backup for the drive I just bought--and if I don't have enough free space anywhere, I buy another 500GB drive. If the production drive is named "Blue 500GB," I create the backup partition/drive with the name "BACKUP Blue 500GB." I then use SFFS (Super Flexible File Synchronizer) to keep the drives mirrored, and I run sync sessions for all my drives using SFFS on a regular basis, and every time I make substantial changes to a drive. Again, it's not sophisticated, and has its potential shortfalls, but it works for me. I had a RAID6 unit bail completely, due to a controller card gone bad. I've read of Drobo disasters. I'll take the simplicity of mirrored drives.

    As I type this, SFFS (Super Flexible File Synchronizer) is performing a drive mirroring. In this instance, I first used Finder to simply copy the contents of one drive to another. Most of this initial copy via Finder completed, until late in the process when it bailed (due to a permission error of some sort). Rather than try to manually figure out what copied successfully and what didn't, I used SFFS to mirror the drives. It *very* quickly figured out which of the nearly 400GB of data made it over, and which didn't, and is now completing the copy/mirror for me.

    For a Mac user who has migrated from Windows, SFFS is awesome. Unlike some other popular drive dupers, SFFS works with NTFS (read-only), FAT, and Mac Journaled. One of my music drives is FAT (so that I can read-write with both Windows and Mac machines). The backup drive for that one is Mac Journaled--SFFS doesn't care. The aforesaid 400GB drive that's syncing now is a 400GB NTFS volume (that is long ago nearly filled, and so is mostly just for archive status now), and that's syncing to a Mac Journaled 400GB partition.

    There are other features of SFFS that I haven't even used yet, but I'll explore them to see if there's still more in it that'll make my life even easier than it already does.

    Super Flexible File Synchronizer is simply outstanding! I consider it one of a handful of absolutely critical apps in my arsenal.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Once set up, ti backs up on the fly in background"

    December 2, 2010  |   By jstnbrg

    Version: Syncovery 5.21

    Pros

    Backs up on the fly, keeps multiple versions, runs in background, pretty easy to set up, reasonable price for 5 computer family pack

    Cons

    It's not free once you're past the 30 day trial period.

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