To protect your files from any unwanted loss (hard disk crash, theft etc.), you should sync or backup files time to time. There are many software that claims to sync or backup your data and GoodSync is one of the best among them. It is available free of cost and comes with many features.
Download and install the tool on your computer. It is available for Windows and Mac computers. It also comes as a portable version.
On first run, it will ask you for the job name and job type. There are two job types: synchronize and backup. Synchronize provides two way file transfer. It means if it finds any difference between the two folders then it tries to make changes in folders by transferring the missing files on any of the folder. Whereas backup is a one way file transfer, you have to select two folders and then it transfers file from one folder to another.
I selected “Synchronize” option in the above step. Click on the left “Browse” button to select the folder you want to sync.
Windows explorer will appear. Go to the folder and then click on it to select. Click OK.
Now click on the right “Browse” button to select the second folder.
Windows explorer will appear. You can either choose your computer’s folder or you can select the external hard drive to synchronize your file. It means if you make any changes in your computer’s folder or external drive’s folder then the change will appear on the other side.
If you select any external hard drive then a dialog box will appear as shown in the screenshot given below. Read the instructions and click OK.
Now you have to analyze both the folder. This process is very crucial because it gives you the clear picture of a files to be transfer. Click on the “Analyze” button.
It will tell which file is going to transfer in which location. It gives you a clear picture with the help of arrow. Green arrow directions displays the direction of files to be transferred. In the screenshot given below there are total 6 arrows and all are directed towards right. It means when you click on the “Sync” button it will transfer the file from left selected folder to right selected folder. Click on the “Sync” button to start the process.
The process of file synchronization will start. It will take time according to the size of file you are syncing. Similarly you can backup any file or folder using this tool.
Apart from sync and backup this tool is equipped with many other features such as
- Chained Synchronization for Multiple Devices.
- Lightning Fast Speed, Low Memory Requirement.
- Syncs FTP, WebDAV, SFTP, S3.
- Syncs with your Windows Mobile Phone and Pocket PC.
- Selective File Synchronization.
Download GoodSync file sync and backup tool.