Sync Data with GFI Backup Home Edition

January 30, 2011, By Christian Cawley

In addition to backing up your data and providing tools to restore an entire backup or just a few files, GFI Backup Home Edition also includes a synchronization option, allowing you to sync files and folders between two computers or other devices (perhaps a mobile phone, for instance).

This is a useful way to keep a backup of some of your vital files and folders on a portable device, just as it can prove to be a good alternative to an app like iTunes for syncing MP3 files to an MP3 player.

Remember, GFI Backup Home Edition is free so you have nothing to lose in using this extremely useful set of tools.

Sync data with GFI Backup Home Edition

Creating a Sync Task with GFI Backup Home Edition

With GFI Backup Home Edition running and the console visible on your monitor (you can maximise it via the icon in the System Tray) click Sync to begin the sync task wizard.

On the General tab you will need to specify a task name and description – remember to make these as meaningful as possible so that you know what they are for when you come back to use the app at a later date.

You will then need to specify a First Location – click Next to move to this tab and click Files/Folders to select a directory or set of files on your computer to sync with. All of your drives and partitions will be displayed, with small + signs next to them for you to expand and view folders and files. To add data to your sync, mark the check box next to the file, folder or drive. If you make a mistake, select the item you want to discard and click Remove.

In the Next screen we select the Second Location, which might be local or removable. If we assume that you’re using a removable drive (such as a USB MP3 player, for instance) then select Removable disk device and under Synchronize to Removable Device select the drive in the drop down menu and Browse to (or create) the folder that you want to sync to.

On the Synchronization tab you will see options for resolving conflicts between the first and second locations – for instance you might have deleted an MP3 on your portable device. These settings will enable you to decide how fast sync should be, as well as how to treat inconsistencies between the two sets of data.

Scheduling Your Sync Task

With the Scheduler tab you can instruct the application how often to run this task; if you’re using a removable device it might be advisable to choose the Run Manually option, and check Create Desktop Shortcut so that you can run the sync quickly from the desktop without having to open GFI Backup Home Edition.

Finally on the Events tab you can specify any events that should occur before sync is performed, any that should occur afterwards and also instruct GFI Backup Home Edition to notify you of any errors that occur. By default these are displayed in the program window, but they can also be sent by email.

GFI Backup Home Edition offers superb data backup and sync benefits and it is free – so there is no excuse not to try it.

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