The fine folks at Siber Systems, makers of the awesome RoboForm password manager, have exclusively offered the readers of DCT 10 licenses to their backup and syncronization software, GoodSync 9. Entry in the contest is simple, just add a comment to this post, but please read the contest rules at the bottom.
GoodSync provides users with a simple method to backup and/or sync files between your computer and a wide variety of destinations such as:
- internal drives
- external drives
- USB devices
- networked drives
- FTP servers
- Google Drive
- Amazon S3
- Windows shares
Contest ends July 26th, 2012 at midnight EST. Be patient if your comment doesn’t appear immediately.
Backup and Sync your files
Once GoodSync 9 is installed and opened you’ll find yourself at the following screen. Which allows you to use the GoodSync Connect service. GoodSync Connect allows you to keep multiple computers in sync and requires additional licenses, so we’ll continue without. Click Next.
Approve your decision by clicking Apply.
The program will open with a new job. Jobs are the settings required to sync or backup between a source and destination. You’ll notice there are two Browse buttons at the top. The easiest way to think of these is the left side is the source and the right side is the destination. Click the left Browse button to choose the source files or folders you with to use.
Notice the available choices in the left panel. Select your source and select the folder(s) you wish to be your backup/sync Source in the right panel. In this example I’ve selected my Documents folder. Click OK when finished.
Next you’ll use the right Browse button to select your Destination.
Just as before you select the location/service in the right panel and the location/folder in the right. In this example I’ve selected the Goodsync Example folder on my D: drive. Click OK to accept your choice.
Notice that both the left and right paths are now populated with your selections. Click Analyze and GoodSync will analyze the contents of the left(source) and right(destination).
If this is the first time a job is analyzed your screen will look similar to the one below with no real data on the right pane. Keep in mind the left page shows the Source location and the right pane shows the Destination. In this instance there are no files (yet) in the destination location. The area between the panes shows what will happen to each file listed and in this case they all show the files will be copied to the right (destination). Below the panes are a group of buttons you can use to narrow the results based on various conditions.
If you click the Sync button to the right of Analyze the program will begin copying folder and files from left(source) to right(destination).
Pretty neat, but there is so much more that GoodSync can do for you! Clicking the Green button between the Source and Destination paths at the top allows you to change the backup/sync behavior with choices between sync both directions, sync left to right, and sync right to left. You can also choose how to handle deleted files (keep them in the destination as a backup?) and much more.
But Wait! There’s More! I sound like a TV pitchman, don’t I?
The Icing on the GoodSync Cake
The true benefit of GoodSync is the ability to create as many Jobs as you wish. You can create multiple jobs each with different source, destination, sync method and options by simply clicking the “+” button at the top left of the screen.
The second “must have” feature is GoodSync’s ability to automate each job independently thereby taking the guesswork out of files backups and syncronization as GoodSync becomes your behind-the-scenes file manager. Simply click the Auto button on the job tab you wish to automate.
The Auto options window allows you to set specific conditions for each job. GoodSync performs the actions you set in each job at the times and conditions you set. Brilliant!
As you can see GoodSync provides a very complete and automated method for Syncing and backing up your files and folders!
Good luck to everyone!
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- On July 27th, 10 replies will be chosen by random number generator as winners of 1 FREE license each.
- Winners will be notified by email at the email address they used to comment – be sure to use a valid email that you check regularly.
- Winners must claim their license within 14 days of receiving official notification. Unclaimed licenses after that time may be re-drawn