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Windows software for making and verifying backups


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#1 gx240

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 07:27 PM

Does anyone know of a free and open source Windows application to mirror the contents of one drive to another (and verify it afterwards)? I've been using FreeFileSync, but now I've encountered some serious problems with it and need a replacement. I don't want to make image files of drives, I just need a perfect copy of all files and directories. Ideally I'd like to be able to see a list of all the differences between the two drives before I actually make any changes.


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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 07:59 PM

If you are talking about complete disk images to a USB external hard drive with the ability to restore such image the following software will work,all free. All will let your verify the image. Easeus and Aomei also allow file/folder backups. 

 

Macrium Reflect Free

Aomei Backupper Standard

Easeus Todo Backup

 

Easeus being the most intuitive.



#3 gx240

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 08:10 PM

Like I said, I don't want to make disk images.

 

I'm basically looking for file synchronization, and I want to be able to see what's going to be deleted or changed before I actually do it.



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Posted 11 February 2018 - 08:24 PM

Sorry, I'm getting tired and missed that. I have been using Free File Sync also but never had issues with it though I am using a old version.

 

Edit: I don't have experience with the following but it looks similar to what Free File Sync does.

 

https://www.dirsyncpro.org/features.html


Edited by JohnC_21, 11 February 2018 - 08:29 PM.


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Posted 11 February 2018 - 10:43 PM

I actually used to like SyncToy from Microsoft.    However, it does what it's name implies, and syncs.  It is up to the user to set up the folder pairs and the direction or directions of the sync and also up to the user to know what they're deleting when they delete something.  This all made perfect sense to me, as when I added files I knew what I was adding and when deleting them I knew that these files would disappear in the Synced location, unless I used a "contribute only" sync style, which only adds to the destination but never deletes from it.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 06:26 AM

Don't know if these two will suit your needs but a few links below (I have not used either of them but have used a earlier version of FreeFileSync). One is "Open Source" and I believe the 2nd one is freeware and both are portable. 

 

http://synkron.sourceforge.net/

 

https://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/synkron_portable

 

http://dimio.altervista.org/eng/dsynchronize/dsynchronize.html

 

https://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/dsynchronize_portable

 

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:21 AM

gx240, I've been using FreeFileSync for some time now, I want to learn from you.  What are the problems that FreeFileSync is or has been causing?


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