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Windows 7: Best file sync software for local disk to NAS?

09 Feb 2014   #1
tony22

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 
Best file sync software for local disk to NAS?

I've used SyncToy for quite some time, but like many I find the 2.1 version to be very slow. It's gotten to where, with the larger and larger disks that are in my system, it really is a little annoying to use. I've looked around and there seem to be more than a few file sync programs. I was hoping folks here could recommend which one has the best combination of absolute reliability, speed, and flexibility when syncing files to a NAS.

I found this wiki page

Comparison of file synchronization software - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

and it's really chock full of info, but real world experience is important too.


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12 Feb 2014   #2
tony22

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Anyone?
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13 Feb 2014   #3
bbinnard

Win7-64
 
 

I used Synctoy for quite a while but then switched to SyncBack. The 2 are fairly similar but SyncBack is supported and there are 2 pay versions available if you want more features.

SyncBack Free - freeware version of the ultimate data backup software
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13 Feb 2014   #4
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

As a general folder/file compare/sync tool, I've been using Beyond Compare forever. Couldn't live without it for everyday needs.

It's got a free 30-day trial, so you can give it a go yourself and see if it meets or misses your needs and expectations.
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14 Feb 2014   #5
tony22

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

It seems FreeFileSync is somewhat popular. Has a lot of bloatware that can be bypassed with a custom install (from what I've read), but I wonder if anyone has tried it?
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14 Feb 2014   #6
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tony22 View Post
It seems FreeFileSync is somewhat popular. Has a lot of bloatware that can be bypassed with a custom install (from what I've read), but I wonder if anyone has tried it?
I use FreeFileSync (FFS) to backup internal drives to external ones using a built-in dock in my computer. Since SyncToy worked for you, albeit slower than desired, I don't see why FFS wouldn't work for you. It is free (duh!), easy to use, and fast. Of course, its speed is also dependent on the connection used to the destination drive (in your case, the NAS).

I especially like the versioning feature that gives you the option to dump deleted files into a folder and/or drive of your choice instead of the Recycle Bin or sending them to Computer Never Never Land. This way, you can review the folders and files that were deleted from the destination drive before deleting them or you can hang on to them for a while in case you decide you didn't want to delete any of them (a process called versioning).

A pretty much essential feature for me is the option to identify the destination drive by drive name instead of drive letter. I like that because drive letter assignments on external drives can be fluid. Using the drive name instead of a drive letter ensures the backup will work no matter what drive letter the computer assigns to the destination.

FFS does come with OpenCandy, a bloatware loader, imbedded in the installation file but one can avoid the bloatware by paying attention during installation and deselecting the bloatware offering. Also, MBAM will pickup on the OpenCandy in the installation file as a PUP during a scan. Since OpenCandy will run only during FFS installation and doesn't install itself, staying confined to the FFS installation file, it doesn't hurt to have it on your computer. Since I keep all downloaded installation files after installing their programs, I keep MBAM from hitting on the OpenCandy in FFS' installation file by adding .disable to the end of the installation file's filename. It also ensures that OpenCandy can never run on its own, although it's highly unlikely it ever will. If I ever need to use it again, all I need to do is delete the .disable first. If you don't retain installation files like I do, deleting it will also get rid of OpenCandy.
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14 Feb 2014   #7
pcunite

Windows 10 x64
 
 

FileBackupEX ? No bloat ware, not sure I trust companies who put that stuff in their installers.
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14 Feb 2014   #8
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pcunite View Post
...No bloat ware, not sure I trust companies who put that stuff in their installers.
Normally I don't but FreeFileSync's installer is harmless as long as one pays attention while installing.
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14 Feb 2014   #9
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Good Sync

This one is not free. I have no complaints. I keep many, many files synced between two comp.

GoodSync: File Synchronization Software, File Backup, File Sync
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14 Feb 2014   #10
scr

1. Windows 7 Home Premium sp1 - 64bit 2. Windows 7 Pro sp1 - 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tony22 View Post
It seems FreeFileSync is somewhat popular. Has a lot of bloatware that can be bypassed with a custom install (from what I've read), but I wonder if anyone has tried it?
I've been using FFS everyday for over a year for daily, weekly and monthly backups of my documents, photos, configuration files and a few other things across several media types. No issues, no problems, no cost. Does it's job well.

However, I also image my drive weekly.
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