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Synchronize and backup files with FreeFileSync

Date Added: July 27, 2018 08:48:51 AM
Author: Kris Vance
Category: Computers: Computer Backups
File synchronization utilities help you keep updated copies of files or folders in two or more locations, such as different computers, network drives, USB drives, or online storage. While a file sync utility could be used as a simple backup tool (called mirroring), its real power lies in keeping an identical set of working files in two or more locations. If you need to compare the contents of two folders - perhaps a local folder and one on a network or removable drive, then usually this is a painstaking, manual side-by-side comparison which is time consuming, and prone to human error. Unfortunately, this is something that just has to be done from time to time. File syncing tools have a tendency to be very complicated affairs, but this is not the case with FreeFileSync (https://freefilesync.org). As the name would suggest, the program is available free of charge and it makes it easy to always have copies of the latest versions of the files you are working with. A simple, unclutter interface means that setting up folder pairs is quick and painless and there are a range of file synchronization options available. Files can be compared using the date of last access, or by performing a bit by bit comparison. There is no limit on the number of files that can be included in a synchronization job so the program is suitable for even the most demanding of user. Batch jobs can be created to help automate the process of synchronizing a large number of folder pairs, and the option to move files to the Recycle Bin rather than simply deleting them, means that a safety net is always available. With fast operation and fast, simple setup, FreeFileSync enables you to synchronize files conveniently. FreeFileSync lets you copy locked files (via Windows Volume Shadow Copy service) and add commands for opening and using external applications. The program supports very long file names and works with an unlimited number of files. You can delete files before you copy them to avoid running out of disk space when syncing large folders. FreeFileSync supports filters, file sizes greater than 4GB, delete-before-copy for large sync operations, and creation of batch files for automated synchronization. After compare process (by date or content) operations can be customized on a file-by-file basis. FreeFileSync is also available in a handy portable version that requires no installation. This version is perfect for netbooks, computers that are low on resource, or for systems where installations are not possible. If you have large number of files that you want to compare to find duplicate files or replace or update old files with latest ones then FreeFileSync is a great tool to perform that. FreeFileSync compares two folders and based on what you want it can add, update, mirror files of two folders.