FullSync Gets Grip on Archiving Tasks

By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2005-03-28 Print this article Print

FullSync, a free open-source Java-based application, can archive or synchronize data to external hard drives, networked Windows shares or even FTP repositories.

From somewhere outside myself, I watched in horror as my hand clicked "OK"—and deleted a rather large collection of disk images from my computer. After a futile attempt to recover the files, I figured it was finally time to implement my drunken New Years pledge to back up my personal files more regularly.

I started using FullSync, a free open-source Java-based application that can archive or synchronize data to external hard drives, networked Windows shares or even FTP repositories—the latter available through regular FTP or SFTP.

For each directory I needed to archive, I created a profile that defined the target location and transport method and allowed me to create simple customized inclusion or exclusion rules—to back up only Word documents, for instance.

Each profile can be scheduled to run at regular intervals, and I could mess with crontab for more specific scheduling options.

FullSync works well for archiving data to an external drive or network share, but it is not so good for syncing data between actively used machines.

The profiles offer several synchronization options, including a two-way sync of target and source.

However, FullSync does not effectively deal with files that have been changed on both sides since the last synchronization event, and it will keep only the newest file.

Installation packages for the Windows beta Version 0.9.1, released this month, are available at fullsync.sourceforge.net.

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Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for eWEEK.com, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at agarcia@eweek.com.

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