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Windows 7: Automatic sync when external hard drive is plugged in

09 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Automatic sync when external hard drive is plugged in

Is there any free program, that can automatically synchronize the file changes in the specific folder (including all the subfolders) in my internal hard drive to my external hard drive when it's plugged in? I mean, that I use my external hard drive only when I'm copying files to it, not all the time. It's so laborious to copy the changed files file by file to the external hard drive with Windows . I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium x64.

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09 Nov 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate Service Pack 1
 
 

Try this program:
Super Flexible File Synchronizer

http://www.superflexible.com/index.htm



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Back up your data and synchronize PCs, Macs, servers, notebooks, and online storage space.
You can set up as many different jobs as you need and run them manually or using the scheduler. The software works with local hard drives, network drives and any other mounted volumes. In addition, it comes with support for FTP, SSH, HTTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, and Google Docs. You can use ZIP compression and data encryption. On Windows NT/2000 or higher, the scheduler can run as a service - without users having to log on. There are powerful synchronization modes, including Standard Copying, Exact Mirror, and SmartTracking.
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Super Flexible File Synchronizer Features

Here's a list of some of the basic capabilities of Super Flexible File Synchronizer. To get a full impression of the available features, it is recommended to download and try the software and take a direct look at the available options.

  • Synchronizes or Backs Up Files and complete folder structures in different locations, such as a PC, laptop, or online storage. There are no limits in terms of file sizes, the number of files, or filename lengths. The program fully supports Unicode characters so that it can copy filenames in all languages.
  • Each sync job is saved as a profile so that you only need to specify the settings once. You can run multiple profiles with a single click. You can also run profiles from the command line. Profiles can be created using a wizard, or in advanced mode.
  • Includes a scheduler. Schedule the synchronization of your data on a backup hard disk at a convenient time each day, or as frequently as you wish. You can also schedule profiles to run upon shutdown or log-off. On Windows NT/2000 or higher, the scheduler can run as a service - without users having to log on.
  • Internet Support. Supports various Internet protocols, including FTP, FTPS, SFTP/SSH, WebDAV, SSL, HTTP, and Amazon S3 web storage.
  • Compression and Encryption Support. Easily zip your files and encrypt them with strong 256-bit encryption. To unzip and decrypt, simply make a copy of your profile and copy in the opposite direction.
  • Detects Moved Files. If you reorganized your folders by moving files to different locations, Super Flexible File Synchronizer will detect this and quickly perform the same moves, for example, on your laptop. No extraneous copying!
  • SmartTracking. This feature keeps a database of all files so that it can detect file deletions and conflicts. You will find the SmartTracking checkbox on the Modes tab sheet (in Advanced Mode). A separate dialog will appear with related settings.
  • Unattended Mode In this mode, no questions are asked while the profile is run. You can specify beforehand which kinds of files may be overwritten.
  • Exact Mirror Mode. If desired, you can create an exact mirror of your data, even if this means that some files are deleted or replaced with older files.
  • Copy Locked Files. If some files cannot be copied due to other software accessing these files, Volume Shadowing can be used on Windows XP or later to copy the files. If files can't be copied, the synchronizer will continue copying the remaining files, and then retry all those files that were locked, until all files have been copied successfully. A limit for the time spent on retries can be specified.
  • Versioning: this feature enables you to keep multiple older versions of each file in the backup. There are several naming schemes available. See also Versioning / Filename Mangling.
  • Partial File Updating (or delta copying): this feature copies only the changed portions of files in order to speed up the synchronization. See the Partial File Updating documentation
  • Database-safe mode: This mode requires exclusive access to the files to be copied. If exclusive access is not possible, Volume Shadowing is used, or the program will wait until the exclusive access becomes possible.
  • Can Use Recycle Bin for older versions of files that are overwritten, as well as for deleted files. This is a fairly unique feature because most programs will permanently replace older versions of a file. Using Super Flexible File Synchronizer, you will have a chance of retrieving overwritten files if you select the appropriate options.
  • File Masks & Filters. Numerous ways to select/deselect files and folders are available.
  • Daylight Saving Time / Time Zones.Since exact hour time differences can be ignored if the file size matches, you won't have any more problems if the file systems of two computers are off by one hour, or even several hours. Whenever possible, UTC (world time) is used to compare the timestamps of files.
  • Easy Resuming On Disk Full. You simply make more space and ask the software to continue copying. It can pause right in the middle of a file until additional space is freed.
  • Obsolete File Folders. If you occasionally move obsolete files to a specially designated folder, this usually causes trouble with traditional file synchronizers. They will copy the obsolete files back from your laptop right into the folders where you moved them out of. No longer! If you use the Select Folders and Files option, you can specify folders for obsolete files using the right mouse button. These folders are then taken into account for moving files into them, but not for copying files out. Thus, the synchronizer does the same moving of obsolete files on your laptop that you previously did on the PC, but it does not waste any time copying all obsolete files between the two machines.
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09 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I was searching for a free program, not a trial.
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09 Nov 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by D34dGh0st View Post
I was searching for a free program, not a trial.
There are lots of cracked versions of this program. It is really handy and helpful software.
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09 Nov 2011   #5

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I hear Windows Seven ignores AutoRun.inf now. So it's not "automatic." But a simple free solution is
FreeCommander - freeware file manager

Set the drive on each side then press the button indicated by the arrow in the screen shot to sync.

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After you press the button you get an options screen. Include subdirectories etc..

After that you get a screen showing which files will be copied in which direction. You can remove any from the list you don't want copied. Then hit the Go button to sync. It's very simple and effective.

Only thing is it's a 32 bit file manager. Therefore some folder redirection by Windows may prevent it from seeing certain system folders.

A 64 bit version is in the works. But it's likely to be awhile until a stable 64 bit is released.

It's rather useless to back up system files by copying anyway. For the system itself you should use an image backup program. For syncing a data partition FreeCommander sync should be perfect. I used it to sync my source code trees for programming. Hundreds of small files and it synced them very easily and simply.


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09 Nov 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post

Only thing is it's a 32 bit file manager. Therefore some folder redirection by Windows may prevent it from seeing certain system folders.

A 64 bit version is in the works. But it's likely to be awhile until a stable 64 bit is released.
I'm not copying any system files, but I need to copy a bunch of music, movies, games and photos.
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09 Nov 2011   #7

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Then FreeCommander is the way to go. I've been using it across various PCs for 10 years I think. Works on XP and later. It's easy to use. Just select the root folders on each side and hit the sync button. It can sync in both directions at once using file modification dates. The confirmation display has arrows for each file showing which way the copy will go before you commit to the copying. Fool proof.

It's also a good file manager. Has a simple to use multiple file rename tool built in. You can add programs to the toolbar that work with selected files, has a command prompt at the bottom of the window so you don't have to open a command window to run a command line program with the current folder as working directory. Lots of features. And it's been around a long time. Nothing flaky.
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