I've noticed a few mentions of software solutions people are using to synchronize files between drives and servers. What's inspired me to post this mini review is recommendation (some on the podcast) for "Allway Sync" with which I and others had a horrible experience.
Anyway, I've tried them all. Whilst they're not directly comparable applications, we all use one of them to affect file synchronization (or moving). Here are some quick thoughts on each:
- Allway Sync - 3/10 - horrible interface, too hard to understand (may have improved), too easy to make a mistake. I paid for the full version, a couple of weeks after which it bit me very hard - a friend also suffered the same fate. A possibly related post is "AlwaysSync users BEWARE"
- Teracopy - 6/10 - pretty, but in practise is a just a slightly better than the Windows Explorer dialogues
- SyncToy - 7/10 - a good simple interface with stored folder pairs, performance isn't great, but it's free. I still use it's silent mode syncing (which is very good).
- Beyond Compare - 10/10 - this software is much more than just a synchronisation package, however, it does that and many other things extremely well. I am very impressed with the software, the company and the support. The interface takes a little bit to get used to (because it is very capable, thus you can expect that), however, it is brilliant. Just one tip for users with server share for any session (enable "Follow Symbolic Links"). I have been using this for a year or so now and have no hesitation in recommending it. They also offer a generous evalution period (30 days of use - not 30 days after installation - so you can give it a proper try out). You can find it at Scooter Software
You might like to add your favourite syncing software to this list.
Edited by juzzle, 15 August 2012 - 11:28 PM.