Review – GoodSync File Synchronization

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Have you ever wanted to synchronize all your files between a desktop and your laptop? Or, did you recently get a new computer, and want to transfer files over from your old computer? GoodSync lets you do all of this with ease, plus more!

GoodSync’s PRO features:

  • True folder (directory) synchronization with all file modifications tracked in a database to prevent data loss
  • Use one-way synchronization to easily backup and/or restore old files
  • You can create as many jobs as you need and can accomplish routine multiple-job synchronization with just one click
  • A variety of automatic synchronization options include; when file changes are detected, a removable device is connected, a time period has elapsed, on user logon/logout, or on a set time schedule
  • GoodSync supports virtually all file systems
  • Interface is multilingual and is localized to support more than 20 languages.

What devices it can sync with:

  • Between your desktop PC and laptop
  • Home and office computers
  • Computer and removable devices (USB Key, Flash Drive, CDRW disc) Over a local network or the Internet Similar devices (Computer and MP3 players, Cameras, etc)

Overview:

When I first used GoodSync, it took some time to get a handle on all of the features. Thanks to the intuitive interface though, within just a short time using the software, I was able to understand everything. In the GoodSync help topics area, (top left corner of screen), you will find documentation to cover everything on how to sync files; all in a very basic form that is easy to understand for the beginner.

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GoodSync startup (Notice the little box with the red arrow pointing what to do)

You can type in the file synchronization folder path, or simply hit “Browse” to select the file you want to sync.

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Once you select your file, you now choose where you want the file to go.

For this first test, I’m doing this over my network, between my 2 laptops. The size of this file is 54MB. (All images)

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Now that I selected where the file is going, I can hit “Analyze” (the box in the screenshot explains this), which is nice, because it explains what is going on, and what it can do.

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Here is what I really like. It shows you if the file already exists at the destination. Also, you can select if you want certain contents in that file not to sync, by clicking on the little arrow, between the files.

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Notice the little arrow in between files? This allows you edit the options for that file if you don’t want the file to be synced. By default, it will automatically not sync a file that is already at the destination. This way, there will be no duplicates of files.

So now, I’m ready to sync my files. Remember, I’m transferring a 54MB file, over a wireless network, onto my laptop. It took a total of under 2 minutes to transfer this file. Not bad at all for wireless.

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There is a detailed log of when the each file in that particular folder is being transferred.

When I transferred the same file, wired to my other computer this time, I got approximately 1 minute, which is fast for a file of size. The speed of GoodSync has me very pleased.

Conclusion:

I really enjoyed using this software. With its ease of use, anyone could use this software. It’s recommended to anyone that needs to synchronize their files. The auto synchronization mechanism is a great feature to keep files between computers up to date.

Pros:

  • Fast synchronization
  • Easy to use
  • Very good information and action monitoring

Cons:

  • A little expensive

Pricing:

GoodSync is available at www.goodsync.com. They offer a free trial version and a PRO version for $19.95


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