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bookie32

Best Sync Software Free

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Hi guys!

Just wondering what is the most reliable sync software that is freeware?

I will look at pay versions if anyone is recommending a particular one?

I hate sorting through files to back up and automating the process.

What worries me most is the fact of erasing files - especially ones that are done in illustrator etc that take hours to create......help...lol

Scenario

I have a directory on the left that is to back up to the directory on the right.

Some times I rearange folders on the left - changing names etc - what is the best way to sync in this situation so that I don't lose anything on the right ; but it still reflects the directory on the left with my Changes.

In effect - even though I have moved and renamed directories I don't lose any files....

Please feel free to comment...lol

You all know me by now....:blushing:

bookie32

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Hi jaclaz :thumbup

I might of known you would drop in....lol

That is one I have never Heard of and will investigate...

Thanks for your input as Always!

bookie32

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Hi again!

This software is a little too basic for what I was looking for..

thanks anyway!

bookie32

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I would use a simple robocopy with /mir and /mot option and on the destination use shadows copies every hours (for example).

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Hi allen2

What is the Gui like or do you just use cmd?

bookie32

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Thanks -X- I will have a look :yes:

allen2

Yes, I have found that gui and there is another third party one that is OK EasyRobocopy. I have never been that good with code, but keep trying. I like robocopy!

bookie32

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This software is a little too basic for what I was looking for..

Please describe the feature(s) that you need (or that you think you need) and that is not among the ones of zback:

FEATURES:

- portable - no installation needed - just unzip to any directory on a fixed or removable drive

- there is also version with installer available from homepage

- works from USB stick, does not write to the registry

- backup/ synchronize to local drives or network computers (LAN)

- Unicode support for foreign characters in file names

- support for files larger then 4 GB

- copy modes: update files, refresh existing files, mirror source to target, synchronize, dated backup and restore

- filter files based on extension, size, date, subdirectories, only new or existing files

- keep multiple versions of backup files

- include/ exclude specific directories

- preview and execute operation

- automatic generation of batch scripts for routine backups

- simple, manual, batch or command line operation

- single batch script may contain many backup and sync jobs

- using scripting you may backup to multiple locations or backup from multiple locations to single backup location

- scheduling for batch operation - you may set job repetition interval and auto-run when overdue

- verify copied files

- for easy access, you can make Zback desktop icon from Options tab

- drag and drop support from Windows Explorer

- small size

- personal freeware

jaclaz

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Hi jaclaz!

Sorry! You have a good point.....:blushing:

I was being a little too hasty in my assumption that it was too simple....Like you posted....most functions one can want it is just testing it that I need to do....

Thanks for putting me right :ph34r:

bookie32

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Hi again!

Still on the subject of backing up files etc....

Please tell me if I am asking for the moon....lol

Over the time I have probably backed up files when stressed and not thought about how many copies I have of a particular file, document etc....Is there a way to automate a search that looks for files that are duplicates and gives me the opportunity of erasing them to save space and get order?

bookie32

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Over the time I have probably backed up files when stressed and not thought about how many copies I have of a particular file, document etc....Is there a way to automate a search that looks for files that are duplicates and gives me the opportunity of erasing them to save space and get order?

If a basic one would do.... :unsure:;)

http://www.coderforlife.com/projects/utilities/#DuplicateFileFinder

jaclaz

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Didn't see the feature in the given DuplicateFileFinder to delete duplicates.

This one does a similar function and provides for deletions.

http://www.auslogics.com/en/software/duplicate-file-finder/

Wiki -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auslogics_Duplicate_File_Finder

A review Pros/Cons -

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2013264/review-auslogics-duplicate-file-finder-frees-up-hard-drive-space-quickly.html

In any case, your needs are to eliminate dups after being "found".

Thx, jaclaz, for the link... :thumbup

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Didn't see the feature in the given DuplicateFileFinder to delete duplicates.

Sure, that's why I tagged is as "basic" ;).

It' called DuplicateFileFinder and not DuplicateFileFinderAndDeleter :whistle:

:angel

However the approach used by Coderforlife is particularly interesting as it allows very fast "matching" :thumbup .

BTW, on NTFS filesystems and IF filename remained the same, this is also fastish (but of course only partially answers the OP question):

http://ndff.hotbox.ru/en/

(there are several tools similarly based on direct $MFT parsing):

jaclaz

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Hi again!

Thanks guys for some great info as usual....

jaclaz...you wouldn't be having a little "basic" dig at me would you....lol :ph34r:

Thanks for all your input!

I will do some testing now...

bookie32

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Not ENTIRELY OT...

I use this Directory Compare tool. Google

dirpr157 intitle:index.of

Last fully functional Shareware version. Occasional nag about "shareware" when starting it up it. No installation, just unzip somewhere. It will allow for copying source<->target for "not found" and/or "different" in some way, all based on Options settings. Some Settings "locked" (greyed out) but in the Functional way.

edit - Screenshot -

http://img.brothersoft.com/screenshots/softimage/d/dir_prudence-11482-1.jpeg

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Hi submix8c!

OK! thanks for that...another one to check out :thumbup

bookie32

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Indeed duplicate filefinder is very clever as it is using size and partial md5 to compare files. It only miss a delete and/or "replace with a hardlink" function.

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Hi again!

Been testing different software...tried the robocopy gui but it came up done even when it hadn't done anything?

Going to test the command line switches today..

bookie32

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Hi again!

OK! I know I am no genius....:blushing: but how do I use duplicatefilefinder? I have downloaded and clicked on it and it just flashes and disappears?

OK! So it is a command line program...How do I change search parameters?

bookie32

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OK! So it is a command line program...How do I change search parameters?

Do you want to check for all duplicate files in C:\downloaded and D:\backup ?

duplicatefilefinder C\downloaded: D:\backup

notepad duplicates.txt

jaclaz

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Hi jaclaz!

Nice one thank you!!

bookie32

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I've been using FreeCommander for years and am very satisfied with.

http://www.freecommander.com/

Though, I can't tell if it's the best! What I can tell:

- It has never made a mistake

- Its folder comparison and synchronization are subtle and fine-tunable

- It details compressed archives natively and searches for files among many archives

- It has many possibilities and needs accordingly a little learning. The keyboard shortcuts are not standard.

- It's fast even on very old machines. Usable with a small screen as well.

- Version 2005.09a runs on Win95b, 2007.05a not. Version 2007.10a runs on W2k, v1.3.2 officially not.

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I'd like such folder synchronizers to find files that have been renamed or moved but whose contents is identical. This would be quick if computing hash values of the files and comparing just the hash values to pair the files. A hash value good enough is quickly computed, description here or there:

http://saposjoint.net/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=66&t=3155#p39678

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