If this profile setting is enabled, a specific profile will automatically launch when an external device is plugged in based on drive letters or volume/hardware serial numbers that you specify – even when other drives may also be present on your system.
*Encryption for sensitive stored settings: When enabled, SyncBack will encrypt all its settings – making it impossible for someone without access to its encryption key file to decipher them.
SyncBack can backup to local disk, FTP or remote folders and clouds simultaneously, as well as copy files between local sync folders that are automatically updated by the program from one of their subscription cloud services (the user will require one for this feature). Its easy interface comes complete with an informative tutorial and helpful help menu; plus there are plenty of customization options that can start it running automatically at startup, disable suspension or hibernation, change language options or log/debug execution processes.
SyncBack is optimized to maximize speed, using multiple threads and parallel file transfer. Furthermore, its special copying technique can drastically decrease backup times – especially incremental/differential backups. Once set up for backup or mirroring purposes, SyncBack can run unattended; simply set your schedules before leaving it alone! Plus it can email log files right back to you with just an SMTP account setup!
SyncBack features several additional security and reliability-enhancing capabilities to keep data safe, such as its ability to detect ransomware and stop it from damaging backup files, protect usernames, passwords and SSH keys by using Secrets Managers like AWS Key Vault, Azure Key Management or HashiCorp Vault and check file integrity and warn if drives are about to fail.
There are a few minor flaws with this program, such as its global settings being organized somewhat awkwardly and their order being less-than-intuitive. Also, while SyncBack SE/Pro has a modern and responsive user interface that responds well to DPI changes, its modern user interface may prove confusing for newcomers to the software.
SyncBack is an outstanding file syncing and backup program, perfect for anyone needing to protect and sync their data. Its versatility makes it ideal for protecting against computer disaster or hardware failure while its advanced options also allow fine control over file syncing settings.
Threaded File Copying
File copy performance with memory map and read ahead is optimized by using multiple threads (this option is disabled when Rapid Transfer is activated). SyncBack’s parallel and threaded file copying techniques help make backups much faster than without these optimizations.
*Lock files against modification during copy (Requires Volume Shadow Copy Service, VSS): This option disables other processes from modifying copied files during their transfer by SyncBack, which is necessary when working with non-Windows file systems like NAS devices, SAMBA shares or others that could corrupt copies if other processes attempt to modify them during their copy process. This feature should also help protect copied files against being altered while being transferred through SyncBack’s copy process.
*Automatically translate invalid filenames: When copying to FTP locations or some cloud services that use custom file formats such as Dropbox, Box or Google Drive that employ compression techniques like Zip or Rar archives, SyncBackPro uses this option to translate invalid filenames automatically and reduce upload time significantly by bypassing having to download and extract these compressed files before being able to analyze them – greatly speeding up upload times! This feature may also reduce time taken when uploading multiple large files at once.
*Use worker threads: This option increases the number of processes SyncBackPro uses when performing file uploads and downloads when using Amazon S3, Backblaze B2, Microsoft Azure, Egnyte or Citrix ShareFile. We advise against activating this setting if your network bandwidth is limited as this could overwhelm it and reduce performance.
SyncBackPro allows for customization of its worker thread count when uploading files; too many will decrease performance. This can be used to maximize Amazon S3 Rapid Transfer as well as working with cloud services that use RPC Protocol such as OVH, Rackspace/OpenStack and Backblaze B2.
Enabling this option allows SyncBackPro to move deleted cloud files directly to a trash folder instead of permanently deleting them, when using certain cloud services that support this feature. Please be aware that if this feature is activated and an unattended profile runs with this setting activated, SyncBackPro may prompt for the compression password upon first starting up (unless verification filters have been set to exclude such files) – for more details see Verification Filters below.
Parallel File Transfer
SyncBack’s parallel file transfer feature enables you to increase performance when copying large files (especially ones with many small segments) by using multiple threads and moving them in parallel. This can greatly accelerate copy processes if your system has enough resources and can run multiple threads at the same time.
SyncBack provides the option of compressing data when copying to remote locations (including FTP ) that support it, significantly decreasing backup sizes and saving storage space. You can control whether this feature is utilized globally, group and profile level.
SyncBack’s primary benefit lies in its ability to successfully backup both locked and open files – something not possible with other backup programs – making it an invaluable feature for business users with sensitive data stored on emails, FTP servers, NAS devices or cloud services.
If multiple files change simultaneously, SyncBack may take several seconds to detect and update all of them. You can avoid this by setting a profile not to run until there has been no change for an agreed number of seconds.
This technique can be particularly helpful when working with NAS drives that return empty filenames for all their files, as it reduces scanning times by scanning all of it simultaneously instead of part at a time.
Setting a CPU usage limit allows you to manage how much CPU power will be allocated towards copying files using SyncBack. This feature can help if your machine is already performing multiple tasks and you don’t want SyncBack using too much of its resources.
SyncBack can also optionally stop compressing files already compressed, such as MP3’s and JPG images with very high compression ratios such as MP3s and JPG images. This can provide significant performance gains when working with these types of files which already offer significant compression ratios.
SyncBack can display a success message for every profile it runs successfully (never shown when unattended), which you can customize at a global, group, and profile level.
SyncBack provides powerful and flexible customization of data backup and synchronization, using Intelligent Synchronization feature which lets you specify how it should operate based on variables like changes to files or deletion of older versions of them, giving you unparalleled control and configuration options.
When first creating a profile, the system prompts you to choose its source and destination types; however, this is only an initial selection that can be altered via the main view. Next it presents you with various file-decision options depending on what task is at hand.
Examples include making decisions such as copy-only or backup for every modified file that gets copied to its destination directory; or overwriting source directories constantly (backup). There may also be settings related to empty folders and case changes which affect how these decisions work.
SyncBack maintains a database of past synchronization results to understand how it should handle files that have been changed or deleted. An unattended profile will disregard files with identical date/time details while attended runs add the new details into their respective databases so that future right-hand files overwrite left ones.
SyncBack also offers the ability to version your files, creating two exact copies in two locations of any file so that if any modifications to an image or document occur, they can easily revert back to an earlier version. It is an invaluable way of keeping track of any modifications. It can even version from FTP sites automatically; plus there is the flexibility of keeping different versions stored either together or separately – providing a useful and straightforward feature!