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Data backup/mirror software to replace syncback free

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    Data backup/mirror software to replace syncback free


    I have been using Syncback SE Free for a long time now with Win7. It works well. I like the mirror function and the ability for syncback to detect small changes and allows you to view different files. When I use the mirror function in syncback, it scans the drive/folder and only copy/delete the differences leaving the rest of the files intact.

    I have one main PC as my work pc, and I rotate between 2 different PC's (win 7 pro laptop and win 8 pro desktop). So I like all files on each pc to be current. Think of it as dropbox but offline with tons of data. Currently I have an external hd which I use as an intermediary between the "current" pc and the "older" pc.

    After I upgraded to win 8 pro, I noticed that I can do a complete backup with syncback, but I cannot use the mirror function. Syncback does not work in deleting files either from source or target hard disk. It can detect the file changes, but unless I delete the file at the target drive, it will not copy to the target drive.

    Does anyone know a mirroring software which can replace syncback free which works for windows 8 pro desktop and my windows 7 pro laptop? I have tried contacting the people behind syncback (2brightsparks), and they have a knowlege base which does not tell much. It seems that windows is getting stingy with the read/write options. Following the KB discussion on syncback yields nothing in fact it is too convoluted.

    I don't mind if it is a network/ethernet solution (not online storage like dropbox-but using ethernet wires) or my kind of solution which is using an external hd as long as all my work computers are "current".

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    Covington, La
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    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    I use SyncToy from MS. It has various setups and I use Echo to update my external to match my internal. Some have complained that it sometimes does not delete a file on the external if it was deleted on the internal. I found if I run the Preview first then it works great.
    I believe this was also fixed with ver 2.1

    Download SyncToy 2.1 from Official Microsoft Download Center

    Jim
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    I use SyncToy from MS. It has various setups and I use Echo to update my external to match my internal. Some have complained that it sometimes does not delete a file on the external if it was deleted on the internal. I found if I run the Preview first then it works great.
    I believe this was also fixed with ver 2.1

    Download SyncToy 2.1 from Official Microsoft Download Center

    Jim
    Thanks for the suggestion. I like synctoy a lot. Quite lightweight. Only problem is that the same problems still exists. Files from my music folder fail to copy over. Also files from my endnote pdf database fail to copy over. It is like Win8 does not like long file names. Some pdf's do have long file names. Also, some of the files in the music folder are the album art downloaded automatically by WMP. It seems to be limited to the My Documents folder as I have save steam games which are short file names, and can't carry over to the external drive. My endnote reference, and music folder are part of the library folders of the same user name. The endnote folder is located within my documents.

    Aside from that, everything seems to work fine.
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Data backup/mirror software to replace syncback free
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