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GoodSync Software Review

GoodSync

GoodSync version 7.1 is a small program (with an install file of about 2.1 MB) that installs easily without the need for a system restart. Synchronizing folders is setup with a left folder (source) and right folder (target) approach that is typical of many of the syncing programs we look at in this review.

goodsync software GoodSync: Initial synchronization screen

With the left/right approach to syncing, GoodSync has done a solid job of making it visually obvious what needs to be synced and in which direction.

For syncing targets, GoodSync has a good set of features enabling synchronization with anything that is local to your PC (an attached USB key, a network or shared drives). GoodSync goes a step further also by enabling SSH, FTP and webdav-based synchronization as well, which means you can also sync remote targets.

Going a step beyond just syncing one folder, GoodSync lets you create multiple jobs to setup multiple synchronization source/target pairs.

A key part of GoodSync’s value is the options that you can use to control when items are synced. For USB key users, the option of having a sync start whenever a key is inserted is a must have, which GoodSync offers. The periodic scheduling down to a one-minute sync is also very useful.

goodsync software GoodSync: Options

GoodSync also gives you a simple check box option whether or not you want to propagate deletions across a sync pair. That is, if a file is deleted from one side of the sync, it’s up to the user (in the options) to choose whether or not the file should be deleted on the other side.

Overall, it is a decent solution that is easy to setup and use. There is a trial version and the full product costs $19.95.

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  • Anonymous
    www.powerfolder.com
    you forget to mention that one
  • Anonymous
    No SuperFlexible File Synchronizer? Too complicated for you?
  • Anonymous
    Foldershare has been in beta for years - I think it's abandonware (though I use it and love it)
  • Anonymous
    You seem to have forgotten the tried and proven robocopy from the Windows Server 2003 resource kit. It runs in a simple batch file, which can be generated by robocopygui. It's ugly but works extremely well, can be scheduled using Task Scheduler, can sync changes in both directions, and is a favorite business solution that works just as well for me at home, even in Vista x64.
  • Anonymous
    i like unison
    http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~bcpierce/unison/
    freeware, open source, and works cross platform and remotely.
    allows remote SSH sync, too. pretty simple, no automated options, though. pick one dir, then another (local or remote) to sync it to...and it does the hard part. asks about files it is not sure about.

    peace.
  • Anonymous
    maybe not open source. there is a link to the source code...but it is broken. well, free, anyway. ;-p
  • Anonymous
    Hey ! Where is MirrorFolder? you missed the best !
  • tot
    You definitively forgot PowerFolder!!! (http://www.powerfolder.com)
  • tot
    You definitively forgot PowerFolder !!!
  • tot
    www.powerfolder.com
  • Anonymous
    mmhh nice list a little bit late for me:D. i finally came to PowerFolder. I think its better and i can run my smaller clients
  • Anonymous
    What about Windows Offline Folders and My Briefcase?
  • Anonymous
    I was surprised you left out Microsoft Groove. In addition to being an amazingly easy to use sync program, it also has wonderful team collaboration features built in. I can drag a file in to groove and auto-sync with an unlimited number of computers across the interet, lan, or even wireless ad-hoc.

    When I worked overseas, we used Groove to handle a 4 man project team's collaboration efforts. Whenever one of us updated a directory on our computer that was setup as a shared directory, the other users were updated automatically. Wonderfully easy to use.
  • Anonymous
    Allway Sync is rather buggy and has several times during sync deleted all files on both shares.
  • Anonymous
    Capivara works very well for me!

    www.capivara.org
  • Anonymous
    Vice Versa is hands down the best tool. Archiving function is awesome
    http://www.tgrmn.com/
  • Anonymous
    imho, by far the best sync software is vice versa 2 pro (not tested here)
  • smikwily
    FolderShare was Free, then Free/pay (limits on Free version). After MS bought them, they went free again - hence the "FolderShare is now free of charge" on their overview page.

    I've used it for years and have been happy with it. Works good for groups as well, as you can allow someone else to download files from a folder you have (at least they used to).
  • Anonymous
    Beyound compare is my all time favorite and its very fast.
  • Anonymous
    Agreed about Beyond compare but it is a different breed. NOTHING is as fast as Beyond Compare nor as powerful. SCOOTER Software are geniuses. But it is not used in the same way as these products.

    The reality is long term rebustness without failing. SyncBackSE is more stable that all of these including Vice versa Pro which I crashed after three days on large Jobs but agree is the best looking product out there today and I too am amazed not included here.

    I tested everything mentioned here with large sync jobs. GoodSync/ALLway sync are definately the second best but the xml database is just not refined enough yet. They are the exact same product. How that was missed I do not understand. The author admits it. SyncbackSE just does not fail and can support running mutiple simultaneous jobs. The fact it uses Windows Task manager is an advantage not a disadvantage. Why reinvent the wheel. Can you do better? Plus they wrote a front end for it. Damn did you really test these products or install them, run through it and right the article. This was not done well at all.