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FreeFileSync 7.0

Keep the contents of folders synchronised for backup purposes

by Bob Thornton

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 12 May 2015
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Developer: FreeFile Sync Project
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FreeFileSync
Keep your important files synchronised with FreeFileSync

One of the most common reasons for wanting to keep the contents of two folders synchronised is to ensure that a backup copy of important files is also available. However, there are numerous other uses for synchronisation including using network storage to keep data synchronised between multiple computers.

File syncing tools have a tendency to be very complicated affairs, but this is not the case with FreeFileSync. As the name would suggest, the program is available free of charge and it makes light work of ensuring that you always have copies of the latest version of the files you are working with in the folder you need them.

A simple, unclutter interface means that setting up folder pairs is quick and painless and there are a range of file synchronisation 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 synchronisation job so the program is suitable for even the most demanding of user.

Batch jobs can be created to help automate the process of synchronising 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 synchronise files free of fuss.

What's new in 7.0?

- Support synchronization with MTP devices (Android, iPhone, tablet, digital camera)
- Implemented file system abstraction layer
- New database format supporting generic file ids 
- Pre-allocate disk space when writing file output stream
- Late failure when moving multiple items to recycle bin
- Keep UI responsive while loading/saving database file
- Improved error reporting indicating failed item when moving to recycle bin
- Transactional error handling when closing file streams
- Pass correct thread id when creating Minidump (Windows)
- Fixed directory icon loading resource leak (Linux)
- Fixed RealtimeSync message provider exception safety issue (Windows)
- Avoid locking issues by creating the log file after batch synchronization
- Fixed RealtimeSync monitoring for items beyond subfolders (Linux)
- Fall back to file extension during file icon load error
- Show file icon by extension as temporary placeholder
- Work around silent failure to copy file times to external drives (Linux)

Verdict:

A deceptively simple file synchronisation tool which is packed with features.

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