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Keep Your PC’s Data Safe Using Create Synchronicity

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Keeping your data safe by performing regular backups is important. However, how many of us actually remember to stop what we’re doing and back up our data manually? An easy-to-use, automatic backup solution would solve that problem.

Create Synchronicity is a free backup and synchronization tool that allows you to manually or automatically keep your data backed up. You can use it to copy almost any type of file, including documents, pictures, videos, and music, to any USB flash drive, external drive, or even a connected network drive.

See the link at the bottom of the article to download Create Synchronicity. You can download an installer or a .zip file containing the program in a portable format that needs no installation.

We downloaded the portable .zip file. To run this, simply extract the files from the .zip file and double-click the .exe file. If you would rather install the program, download the installer and follow the instructions in the setup wizard.

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Select the language for the program from the drop-down list and click Ok.

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The first time you run Create Synchronicity, you are asked if you want to check for updates when the program starts. Answer Yes or No to continue.

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Before performing a backup in Create Synchronicity, you must create at least one profile. You can have multiple profiles for backing up different sets of files at different times.

Click New profile.

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The text “New profile” is selected. Type a name for your profile and press Enter.

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The profile settings dialog box displays. Specify the main directory to be backed up and the directory to which the files will be copied using the … buttons in the Directories box. Select subdirectories as desired and the Synchronization method.

You can also select to include or exclude certain files and some Advanced options.

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Your new profile displays in the Profiles section of the main Create Synchronicity window. You can manually back up the files in your profile at any time by clicking on the profile and selecting Synchronize from the popup menu.

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A dialog box displays showing the progress of each step in the backup process.

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If you want to back up your files automatically, you can schedule a specific time to run the backup process in the background. To do this, click the profile you want to schedule and select Scheduling from the popup menu.

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The Scheduling dialog box displays. There is a warning at the top of the dialog box telling you that Create Synchronicity has to register itself as a startup program to enable scheduling. This is done automatically, once you turn on scheduling.

Select the Enable scheduling for this profile check box and choose other options to specify how often you want the backup performed.

NOTE: When entering a time in the At edit box, use a 24-hour clock. For example, 3:00 pm would be entered as 15:00.

If your computer is off periodically when the backup process is supposed to run, you might want to turn on the Catch up missed backups option. This option tells Create Synchronicity to run any backup profile that was scheduled to run, but was postponed by more than two days. For example, say a backup was supposed to run on September 27 at 5:00 pm, and the computer was not on at that time. As of September 29, Create Synchronicity will periodically try to start the backup until it has been successfully started.

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When a profile has been scheduled, a clock is added to the profile’s icon.

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You can see what profile is supposed to run next and when by moving your mouse over the Create Synchronicity icon in the system tray.

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When a scheduled backup runs, Create Synchronicity displays a message on the system tray icon saying the backup is running. Another message displays when the backup job is done.

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If you close Create Synchronicity using the X in the upper, right corner of the window, it still runs in the background so scheduled backups can run. However, to open the program again, you need to start it using any shortcuts you created or the .exe file.

Create Synchronicity has many more handy features. For example, when backing up to a network drive, you can use the UNC path for that drive, such as \\192.169.0.25\MyBackupFolder\MySubFolder.

Create Synchronicity is fully portable. The settings for the program are stored in individual configuration files in a config directory located in the same directory as the program.

There are some advanced features such as a command line interface and the ability to change some hidden settings using the configuration files. For more information about these features and about using Create Synchronicity, see their manual at http://synchronicity.sourceforge.net/help.html.

Download Create Synchronicity from http://synchronicity.sourceforge.net/.

Lori Kaufman is a freelance technical writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

  • Published 09/30/11

Comments (9)

  1. Guss

    Thank you for this article.
    I have SyncToy running on my laptop to sync on the NAS.
    But i have a question here, are you aware of any software (preferably free) that can do an immediate sync/replication?
    Thank you,

  2. Jean-Francois Messier

    Sounds interesting, but can it sync over https to an internet-based server, like Ubuntu One ?

  3. StevenTorrey

    The Windows XP made backup of each document I typed automatically. Back then I had a questionable computer that would crash at the slightest provocation. Often times the original document that I was working on would be lost, but mysteriously, the backup would be saved. Regrettably, the Windows 7 doesn’t seem to have this function. It does allow me to back up everything on a weekly basis, but that’s not the same thing as backing up each document as it is produced. Something got lost somewhere, and it wasn’t for the better. (Course, there could be a make backup button somewhere to backup each document, but I haven’t found it yet on Windows 7. I have a new computer with much improved stabiity so backup becomes less crucial.)

  4. Donald Simmonds

    Try ViceVersa, not free but, it does the above but will do it as soon as any source file changes i.e. saved. You do not need to schedule or remember.
    The real beauty is that if you change the keywords in photo’s which does not save the file or alter the timestamp ViceVersa still detects the change and backs it up. It is continuously monitoring and can be run manually at any time and can run over a network with VV engine.

  5. MarK

    Microsoft introduced a free synchronization application, named “SyncToy,” for the purpose of syncing your files in two different locations. SyncToy can be used whether you’re working in Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7, and contains a user-friendly interface that allows you to synchronize files and folders quickly.

  6. Ian

    @Guss
    easeus todo backup ? may be what your after it’s free & if memory serves does on the fly backups of any file changes

  7. Hoang Dong Ta

    @Guss: PureSync is what you need. I have tried several free “sync & backup” included Sync Toy and PureSync is my choice. Try it and I’m sure you’ll be satisfied!!!

  8. astral_cyborg

    I’ve tried SyncBack, PureSync, FBackup, Cobian Backup and Create Synchronicity.

    I think SyncBack is the best for providing options, but it has some probles with the exporting of each backup, plus I had rare loss of settings, due to the fact that each backup job is actually saved in registry, which is kinda risky.

    PureSync also provides lots of options, but I hated the frequent message boxes during the backups and the inconvenience to enable or disable them. I’ve also noticed that after using environmental variables on a job and editing it after it’s creation, the actual path was messy with additional options checked by itself, that needed to be corrected each time.

    FBackup and Cobian Backup don’t provide sync options and they won’t provide them in the future either.

    Now, I’m still with Create Synchronicity, which seems to be good. I’ve loaded with profiles with large amounts of directories, as I like to backup files with user settings of my various installed applications, and it works perfectly. The only problem is that each profile contains tons of filters that may be difficult to check out in the future.

    Also note that you can check an experimental version of that applciation (v5.2.1 r1316 is the last one).
    It provides an expert mode (Ctrl+Alt+E in main window), and then open a profile. You’ll see a new expert menu, which has a category field in which you can type a category name. Items with the same name will be grouped together.

  9. Alemayhu

    Geek is good learners in computer sect em .

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