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Windows 7: Free continuous backup of multiple folders

14 Sep 2014   #11
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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Yes.

In the pic below, you can see where I have manually included certain folders under D:\ and excluded others.
Thanks for taking the time to help. I'll install FreeFileSync and give it a try.

Skyzoomer
Googling, I learned that the current version of FreeFileSync installs an adware called "OpenCandy". Apparently, there is no option to not install OpenCandy. So I decided not to install FreeFileSync.

I'm running DSyncronize instead and it doesn't appear to have any adware issues.

Thanks,
Skyzoomer
No, FreeFileSync does NOT install OpenCandy nor is OpenCandy adware. OpenCandy is a file that is embedded in FreeFileSync's installation file but it doesn't get installed onto a computer when installing FreeFileSync. The purpose of OpenCandy is to offer to install additional programs (often called crapware, shovelware, etc.). As long as one pays attention when running a program installer and uses advanced installation when offered, one can opt out of any crapware OpenCandy offers to install.

Many antivirus and antimalware programs consider OpenCandy to be a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program), an assessment I won't argue with, and will flag FreeFileSync's installer. Once FreeFileSync has been installed, one could just delete the installer to avoid it getting flagged. Since I like to keep my installation files in case they later become unavailable, I avoid the flagging by renaming the installer by adding .disable to the end of the filename so "FreeFileSync_6.0_Windows_Setup.exe" becomes "FreeFileSync_6.0_Windows_Setup.exe.disable".


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14 Sep 2014   #12
adamf

8.1 Pro x64
 
 

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I have a question though that I'm not able to find the answer. DSyncronize has two options named:

1. Autostart
2. Autostart as service.

What's the difference?
Also, I'm unable to get the "Autostart as service" working. Know of any documentation that explains how to enable "Autostart as service"?

Thanks!
Skyzoomer
1. AutoStart starts the program - you'll see the screen as if you clicked on the exe.
2. Autostart as a service means you don't see it - it runs the configuration you defined in the background.

You want "autostart as service" probably.

I have Windows 8 - to be allowed to define the service you need to right click on Dsynchronize.exe and "run as administrator". I guess this is the same in 7 but I can't test it. If you are not running as administrator then you don't have authority to create the service. This is an old XP program when administrator meant something else but I digress.

Then tick the 'autostart service" box. Leave the account as the default local service and click on "install service" then "start service". It should look like in Dsynchronize and services.msc


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14 Sep 2014   #13
Skyzoomer

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

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Googling, I learned that the current version of FreeFileSync installs an adware called "OpenCandy". Apparently, there is no option to not install OpenCandy. So I decided not to install FreeFileSync.

I'm running DSyncronize instead and it doesn't appear to have any adware issues.

Thanks,
Skyzoomer
No, FreeFileSync does NOT install OpenCandy nor is OpenCandy adware. OpenCandy is a file that is embedded in FreeFileSync's installation file but it doesn't get installed onto a computer when installing FreeFileSync. The purpose of OpenCandy is to offer to install additional programs (often called crapware, shovelware, etc.). As long as one pays attention when running a program installer and uses advanced installation when offered, one can opt out of any crapware OpenCandy offers to install.

Many antivirus and antimalware programs consider OpenCandy to be a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program), an assessment I won't argue with, and will flag FreeFileSync's installer. Once FreeFileSync has been installed, one could just delete the installer to avoid it getting flagged. Since I like to keep my installation files in case they later become unavailable, I avoid the flagging by renaming the installer by adding .disable to the end of the filename so "FreeFileSync_6.0_Windows_Setup.exe" becomes "FreeFileSync_6.0_Windows_Setup.exe.disable".
Thanks for your clarification. Here's a link to an article on OpenCandy for other lurkers who may be interested:
Controversial Advertising Program Now Being Embedded in More Software
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14 Sep 2014   #14
Skyzoomer

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

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I have a question though that I'm not able to find the answer. DSyncronize has two options named:

1. Autostart
2. Autostart as service.

What's the difference?
Also, I'm unable to get the "Autostart as service" working. Know of any documentation that explains how to enable "Autostart as service"?

Thanks!
Skyzoomer
1. AutoStart starts the program - you'll see the screen as if you clicked on the exe.
2. Autostart as a service means you don't see it - it runs the configuration you defined in the background.

You want "autostart as service" probably.

I have Windows 8 - to be allowed to define the service you need to right click on Dsynchronize.exe and "run as administrator". I guess this is the same in 7 but I can't test it. If you are not running as administrator then you don't have authority to create the service. This is an old XP program when administrator meant something else but I digress.

Then tick the 'autostart service" box. Leave the account as the default local service and click on "install service" then "start service". It should look like in Dsynchronize and services.msc
Thanks for the additional help. I got "Autostart as a service" to work. Here's the procedure in case other lurkers need it:
... Ran Dsyncronize as administrator.
... Clicked "Install service".
... Clicked "Start service". <===This is easy to miss.
... Now the "Autostart as a service" option was checked.
... Restarted and DSyncronize is indeed running as a service.

Thanks again,
Skyzoomer
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14 Sep 2014   #15
adamf

8.1 Pro x64
 
 

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Thanks for your clarification. Here's a link to an article on OpenCandy for other lurkers who may be interested:Controversial Advertising Program Now Being Embedded in More Software
Terrible. I guess a few bob is always nice but when even Oracle try to give you Ask with Java and Microsoft try to give you msn and bing if you don't pay attention, such is life.

Glad you got it working
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15 Sep 2014   #16
Skyzoomer

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

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Glad you got it working
One more thing which is not a biggie. DSyncronize is running as a windows service in real-time mode but its icon is not showing up in the windows notifications area by the clock. I've checked "Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar". I know DSync is running since when I add or delete a file in a source folder, the change is reflected in the destination folder.

If I don't use "Autostart as a service" and use the plain "Autostart", the DSyncronize icon does show up in the notifications area. Of course, as you previously pointed out, DSync starting up in this mode does pop up during the boot process.

Any ideas?
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15 Sep 2014   #17
Skyzoomer

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

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Glad you got it working
One more thing which is not a biggie. DSyncronize is running as a windows service in real-time mode but its icon is not showing up in the windows notifications area by the clock. I've checked "Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar". I know DSync is running since when I add or delete a file in a source folder, the change is reflected in the destination folder.

If I don't use "Autostart as a service" and use the plain "Autostart", the DSyncronize icon does show up in the notifications area. Of course, as you previously pointed out, DSync starting up in this mode does pop up during the boot process.

Any ideas?
Additional problems running DSyncronize:


PROBLEM 1:
I synchronized my "Microsoft Office" folder on my D: spinner HDD with a "Microsoft Office" folder on a USB3 thumb drive.

When I create a new word document in the "D:\Microsoft Office\Winword\temp files" it does not show up in "H:\Microsoft Office\Winword\temp files". But if I create a .txt file in the D temp files folder, it does show up in real-time in the H temp files folder.

IOW, DSyncronize will not synchronize MS word documents but will synchronize .txt files.


PROBLEM 2:
I'm unable to remove the check mark for "Autostart as a service". So there's no way to stop DSyncronize from running on boot up.

Note that since DSyncronize icon does not show up in the notifications area, there's no way that I know of to open the currently running as a service version of DSyncronize. I run DSyncronize as administrator and try to stop running as a service but the check mark remains for "Autostart as a service".


Any ideas on how I can remove DSyncronize from running as a service?

Thanks,
Skyzoomer
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15 Sep 2014   #18
adamf

8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Problem 1.
Save it somewhere. If you make a new .docx it will be temporarily stored in (I think) %appdata% until you decide where you want to save it. Don't replicate %appdata%


Problem 2.
use services.msc
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15 Sep 2014   #19
Skyzoomer

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

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Problem 1.
Save it somewhere. If you make a new .docx it will be temporarily stored in (I think) %appdata% until you decide where you want to save it. Don't replicate %appdata%
That's what I did. I created a new Word document and then saved in "D:\Microsoft Office\Winword\Temp Files\Test Dsync.doc". I closed MS Word. The new document is not replicated on my USB3 thumb drive. But if I create a "Test Dsync.txt" file and save it in the same folder on the D: drive, the "Test Dsync.txt" file is replicated on the USB3 thumb drive. Dsyncronize just refuses to sync my MS Word 2000 .doc files.

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Problem 2.
use services.msc
I ran that and tried to stop the Dsyncronize service but after a long wait, Win7 says the Dsyncronize service could not be stopped. Looks like it will be hard to get rid of Dsyncronize.

Skyzoomer
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16 Sep 2014   #20
Skyzoomer

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Luckily, there was a system restore point for 9/11/14 because of a Win7 update.

I restored that and my PC is back to normal without Dsyncronize running as a service. All I can say is that DSyncronize running in real-time mode did not work for me at all.

Thanks for the help though,
Skyzoomer
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