"File and Folder Backup" Versus File Sync

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by CrusherW9, Jan 20, 2014.

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  1. CrusherW9

    CrusherW9 Registered Member

    Dec 27, 2012
    United States
    I have a 1tb media drive and another 1tb drive I'm going to use to backup the media drive. What would the pro's and con's be between using a file sync program to essentially mirror the drive versus using a "File and Folder Backup" like in Macrium Reflect for instance?
  2. MrBrian

    MrBrian Registered Member

    Feb 24, 2008
    Some pros of file syncing:
    1. You can browse the synced files with familiar Windows Explorer to see what's there.
    2. You can use a comparison program to compare original with destination, by either file size+date, or file contents.
    3. Your synced files are not stored in a possibly proprietary file format that a backup program might use.
    4. Incremental backup is easily available.

    Some cons of file syncing:
    1. Files won't be compressed, resulting in larger storage requirements (unless you're using compression provided by file system).
    2. Files won't be encrypted (unless you're using encryption provided by file system).
    3. File sync program might not do file versioning. If a source file is corrupted (think about CryptoLocker), a sync of that file will result in a corrupted synced version as well.

    Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility

    In your case, you might like FreeFileSync with its file versioning feature.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2014
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