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GoodSync Reviews

A warning about the portable version

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For what it does, GoodSync is pretty darn good. However, there are some potentially major caveats regarding the portable version, GoodSync2Go (GS2G).

Firstly, the installer insists on installing GS2G into \GoodSync - you can change which drive it's installed to, but it has to be in a \GoodSync folder (i.e. in the root of the drive). :-/

Secondly, for those of you who have moved beyond using USB drives for portable apps on multiple computers to using something like Dropbox, it's problematic. To bypass the installation folder restriction, you can set up a symlink from \GoodSync to somewhere in your Dropbox folder. However, every time you switch from one computer to another, GS2G will see itself as unactivated, and will prompt you to activate it.

I contacted GoodSync support about this constant need to re-activate the program, and they informed me that the repeated prompts to activate it were because GS2G links the activation to a drive ID of some sort, and that the way I was using it (in Dropbox vs a USB drive) is actually against the license agreement. When I confronted them about the ridiculous restriction they have on their "portable" app, they were not willing to listen.

tl;dr: The portable version can only be used on a single USB drive, not installed in Dropbox or other cloud synchronization solutions. :(

[Edited by Sandwich, July 12] As a follow-up, GoodSync2Go now refuses to activate any longer from my Dropbox, saying I've activated it on "more USB Disks than is allowed by the license that [I] purchased." DO NOT PURCHASE if you're expecting to get the standard portable app behavior. Use WinSCP instead for true portable directory synchronization.

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There is a serious bug where it creates a corrupt copy on the other side when connection gets disrupted while copying. If you had the hash check option and level 3 logging, it will log it as hash not matching after copy, but IT WILL NOT MARK THE FILE ITSELF AS ERRORED IN THE SYNC TASK PANEL, MAKING THE PROBLEM ACCUMULATE OVER TIME UNDETECTED.

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Goodsync too expensive

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I tried Goodsync - way too expensive if computers not on same network. They make you buy a license for EACH computer.
Simple free solution: Synctoy and Remote Desktop (RDP) - works great, fast, free, and all from microsoft without cloud services (no risk of data being on or sent through others servers).

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I was using Goodsync since v8. The recent change in v11 pretty much make me to look for new alternative. V11 had changed to annual subscription, meaning that you will have to pay yearly. I will stay at v10 and then move to new alternative when I find the right choice.

Not unless they change back to a perceptual license on major version, not going back anymore.

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Excellent program with nice interface! But the deal breaker is the following. Even I set the job as a backup (one-way sync from left to right), it is possible to override this default behaviour easily and do the two-way sync. It is scary! By mistake, if such thing happens then one will be in big trouble! I can't find out any sensible explanation of having such option. If you have it, then you must have some preference setting where you can turn this off!

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Probably the best Sync software until the recent V11 release.
They went full subscription, which comes with increased pricing, an online account and technical license errors.
This leaves a bitter taste, however good the rest of the product is. Looking for alternatives.

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nice interface and works very well and is easy to setup

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It is the best. No doubt about that, but it is too expensive. You pay for downloading and then the license is valid for one year only. Next year they ask to renew. If you don't then you go back to the limited free version. Nasty.

[Edited by lesm, August 25]

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the personal version is good for me but why I need to pay over 1000$ for the server version and there is another affordable backup solution called Gs richcopy 360 can do the same job and not over 130$.
really I hope the server version of goodsync is affordable.

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It is a very beautiful program and works without problems. I consider it similar to the microsoft office package because it solves the whole problem even for more lay people and everything on the interface.

The bad part is that the portable version only works on a single flash drive and needs to be validated in the event of a change. But by sending email they help in case it is not validating.

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over $1000 for windows server license :-(

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I've been using Goodsync with Google Drive. I also have Netdrive and Webdrive for comparison, which I use with a differencing program called ViceVersa (similar to FreeFileSync).

I've had issues with Goodsync on two different computers, causing Windows to crash. To work around this, I have Goodsync running in Sandboxie, which is what I use to test unknown software in a sandbox.

The good with Goodsync compared to running a differencing program on top of Google Drive mounted as a network drive, is that Gooodsync is multi-threaded. I get similar performance using an old internal Microsoft product called Richcopy (which is also multi-threaded), along with Netdrive.

I've used it for 5 days now, so I don't have enough experience to have a conclusion about what I prefer most. I'm journaling my experience here: https://mekineer.com/information-technology/2019-file-sync-and-backup

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Very good sync client. Supports Office 365 Sharepoint sites while none of the other clients that I know of do.

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I use GoodSync in windows server to backup my work data. I do 2tb of data with 50 GB data synced daily to Google Drive. My experience with GoodSync is wonderfull.

Until I need add some important services in my server, my anemic server. Sometimes GoodSync have used 50%-75% of my server resource. And then the chain reaction really make things worse. Because if my server crashed and after restart, GoodSync seems need to rebuild the snapshot. And its take loong time. My poor server

But GoodSyns is still the best for that task. I have tried Rclone and Rclone easily saturated my internet and leave no spare to other services. And the GUI is the best

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