SyncBackFree

SyncBackFree Free

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Video tutorial & screenshots

  • Backup Window
  • Main Window
  • Backup Simulation
  • Profile Setup Window
  • Supported Profile Types
  • Main Window
  • Main window

Editorial review

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Ricardo Soria Senior editor

The following review written by one of the Software Informer contributors applies to version 6.5
SyncBackFree is a lightweight program that allows you to create automatic backups of your critical files, so that they will always remain protected in case of an accidental data loss. SyncBackFree can also synchronize files between two folders, and it can even back up/synchronize the information residing in FTP servers as well.
To use the program, you should start creating a profile, which basically is a backup/synchronize task that will be later executed. You can create as many profiles as you wish, and you can also run two or more of them simultaneously. Once you created your profile, you need to specify the source and destination locations, and configure the profile's schedule. However, to achieve this you need to have an administrator user account in Windows and to provide your logon password as well. The program allows you to schedule your profile for automatic execution in a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

Finally, I will mention that SyncBackFree allows you to perform a simulation of your profiles before actually copying/replacing data, so that you can make sure that the configuration you selected is right. The program offers a number of helpful advanced features that are worth mentioning. For example, it can send log information by e-mail, work with long file names or file names that include characters outside the English alphabet, while it also includes an expert mode that makes the tool suitable for more advanced users. The program is compatible with all popular versions of Windows operating systems, and for both 32-bit and 64-bit technologies.

Pros

  • Lightweight.
  • Capable of synchronizing files between two folders.
  • It can back up/synchronize information in FTP servers.
  • Allows you to run two or more profiles simultaneously.
  • Allows you to perform a simulation of any of your profiles.
  • Includes an expert mode for advanced users.

Cons

  • Poor visual design.
  • The profile scheduling requires you to have an administrator user account in Windows.
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What's new in version 7.0

- Group profiles now have log files
- Support for Microsoft Exchange for sending and receiving email
- When->Insert profile settings page will show drive inserts and removes
- When using option to delete all empty folders it will now record deletion and failure to delete in log
- Can export differences from Differences window
- Can specify filters for what files to verify or not verify
- On Differences window can now choose to abort just that profile in group from Abort button
- On Differences window can now choose to skip Differences window in future from Copy button
- Pro: DiffWindows.vbs script
- Pro: PreCopyExample script
- 20% improvement in scan performance when using DOS filters (the default)
- Email Support Ticket menu item in Help menu. Auto-fills product and Windows version and searches online KB.
- Numerous items fixed when using high DPI display and scaling
- Resume on FTP upload/download if connection lost and start profile again. Also works with standard Windows file copy.
- Better checking to see if trying to close SyncBack with AutoClose. Also does not record a warning or error if trying to close self.
- Variables %TODELETESRCONLYCNT%, %TODELETEDESTONLYCNT% and %TODELETEBOTHCNT%
- Setup->Warning profile settings page
- Checkboxes for run before and after
- Option to not replace non-empty files with empty files
- Better chance of detecting if profile is already running in another process and session
- Search for profiles by their name and source and destination folders. Can use wildcards.
- Rollback feature on Differences window
- Can now select folders when doing backup of email
- Sparse files are copied correctly using Backup file copying method
- Option to use backup copy method when copying sparse files
- Can specify idle time for periodic background runs
- Can specify idle time for on changes runs
- OneDrive placeholder files are ignored (must be using Windows 8.1 or newer)
- Option to not use current username and password for Windows network connections
- Profile history column widths and hidden/not hidden state saved
- Finding files in Differences window
- Windows environment variables are now read from the current state instead of from when the process was started
- Uses profile run history to pre-allocate file and directory lists in memory and possibly use database immediately
- Use large cache option for faster network scanning
- Search online knowledge base (via Help main menu)
- Manifest updated for Windows 8.1 compatibility

What's new in version 6.5

SyncBackFree V6.5.4.0 (August 2013)

New: Option to tell Windows not cache/buffer a files contents in memory when copying it
Fixed: Was not expanding and selecting profiles when started
Fixed: May fail if FTP server disconnected during creation of large Zip file
Fixed: May fail to detect case changes when using SmartSync if configured to detect them
Fixed: Single zip backup not working when using cloud storage
Fixed: Groups were not run in reverse when supposed to, e.g. during restore
Fixed: Time shown for dates and times where time is exactly midnight
Updated: The FTP alternative file list parser can now also be used when using MLST
Updated: Open Right/Destination will also open optional full backup directory

What's new in version 6.4

- New: Run a profile without allowing changes (useful for Fast Backup profiles that use Versioning)
- New: New "Run task as soon as possible after a scheduled start is missed" option in Vista and newer task scheduler
- New: Restore wizard now also checks when a profile was last run successfully
- New: Option to copy short filenames
- New: Encryption on SMTP now supported as per SE and Pro
- Updated: SyncBack now opens and reads the local files when sending via FTP instead of component
- Updated: The file system properties list in the log file expanded to include more file system attributes
Updated: ReFS support
- Fixed: Problem with Technical Support Wizard if profile name is sorted before *Program* entry
- Fixed: Tray icon will reappear if Windows shell (explorer) is restarted
- Fixed: Does not prompt twice in succession to remove blank password restriction
- Fixed: For FTP if automatically switching to active mode from passive mode then active settings were not being used
- Fixed: Looping forever in some file operations when file system lies, e.g. about having removed read only attribute
- Fixed: FTP looping forever reconnecting when a non-data transfer command is sent
- Fixed: Eject and Load of media was wrong for restore
- Fixed: The details for a file or folder that is a symbolic link will be from the destination and not the symbolic link itself
- Fixed: When creating FTP backup profile in wizard, and FTP settings tested, then an invalid Fast Backup profile is created
 

Publisher's description

SyncBackFree is a powerful Windows backup and synchronization program.

It includes features like:
- Restore backup files easily
- Email logs
- Run programs before and after profiles
- Schedule backups
- Unicode enabled for non-English filenames
- Process unlimited filename lengths
- Simple and Advanced mode.

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