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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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!


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'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:

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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


Good webDAV sync tool for use with Owncloud

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This tool makes a great companion to an Owncloud installation. Goodsync makes it very easy to sync your entire music collection via webDAV up to your Owncloud.

[Edited by Seth, March 19]


Detects and updates (major) timestamp differences

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I am honestly impressed with this tool. It is blazing fast, comes with a tree view (sorry, FreeFileSync), and was the first sync tool I found that allowed me to easily fix a major timestamp problem between two folders (without re-copying all files).