Everyone attaches great importance to the backup of important data. In addition to common file copying, synchronization and mirroring methods are commonly used to back up data. These operations, if performed manually, can easily result in data omissions and even overwritten or lost data due to mishandling. With SyncBackFree, a versatile free tool, we can back up our important data with confidence.
Start the software and first click on the “Add” button (or Ctrl+N key combination) to create a new backup task (Figure 1).
Follow the wizard to enter the task name and perform the next operation, and the software will let the user choose among three operations: backup, synchronization, and mirroring. Among them, backup is what we normally understand as copying, from one place to another; while synchronization is to make the files of two folders identical, i.e., copying in both directions to both ends; and mirroring is to make a mirror folder of a folder that is identical (Figure 2).
1. Simple data copying using backups
If we want to perform a normal data backup, select the “Backup” option from the above list and click “Next” to enter the Backup new task source and target selection window (Figure 3).
Here, you can choose “Hard Disk, USB Drive, Flash Drive, Mapped Network Disk, etc.” and FTP as the backup source and destination. If both source and target are selected as “hard disk, USB drive, flash drive, mapped network disk, etc.”, then click “Finish” button to complete the backup project creation, and then you can enter the settings window to do the actual backup of the newly created project Next, you can enter the Settings window to make the actual backup settings for the newly created project. If the source and target are set to two different types as described above, i.e. there are FTP types involved, then you need to click “Next” to set the FTP connection information further, giving FTP host name, user name, password and port, etc., and then you can proceed to the actual setup and backup operation (Figure 4).
Tip: You can compress the target files during backup by selecting the “Compress files” checkbox below the “Target folder”.
After performing the above steps, you will automatically enter the task settings window and specify the backup source and destination folders. At the same time, you can change the backup conditions by clicking “Change filtering conditions” (for example, if there are files to be ignored, you can add them to the list of “Files or folders not to be copied” in the filtering window). After that, click “OK” button to complete backup settings (Figure 5). After the settings are completed, go to the main window and click the “Execute” button to perform the backup operation.
Data backups may overwrite useful files with the same name, so to prevent data loss, you can use the “Simulate Execution” feature to preview what will happen to the data on both ends before the backup. The simulated execution appears as a prompt after clicking the “OK” button, and if you select “Yes” the simulation session will give a report of files that may be copied or deleted during the synchronization (Figure 6).
Tasks backed up by SyncBackFree software can also be restored. To restore a backed up task, select the task entry to be restored in the window list and click the “Restore” button at the bottom of the software window. 2.
2. Automatic synchronization Keeping data on both ends consistent
If there are two working folders and we are not sure if the files in them are the same, and now we need to keep the files in both folders consistent, we can create a “Sync” task as described above. Then go to the Sync task settings window, specify the folders represented by the “Left” and “Right” windows, and set the filtering conditions for file synchronization, then click the “OK” button to finish Then click “OK” button to finish the file synchronization settings for both folders (Figure 7).
After setting, go to the main window and select the sync task, then click the “Execute” button on the toolbar to perform the substantive folder sync operation.
3. File mirroring Cloning original file data
If you want to mirror a folder for backup, then you need to select “Mirror” in the aforementioned new task setting link to create a mirror task, and then enter the mirror setting window to specify the source folder and the mirror target folder. After the settings are completed, click the “Execute” button to generate the mirror file.
It should be noted that when you perform the mirroring operation, you will delete the files in the target folder that are different from those in the source folder. This is the difference between file “mirroring” and “backup” operations. It is understood that mirroring is a cleaner and purer backup method.
4. perform regular automatic backups on a regular basis
We can also make the above-mentioned backup tasks run automatically at the time you specify. To do this, click the “Time” tab in the left column of the Task Settings window and then click the “Change task schedule” button in the right pane to add a task schedule (Figure 8).
Then, in the Scheduled tasks window, set the time when the automatic backup will be performed according to the specified period. After confirmation, the SyncBackFree software automatically performs backup tasks according to the specified schedule tasks (Figure 9).