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Syncback Free and Syncback Container

SyncBackFree is the freeware version of SyncBack. It is *not* an evaluation version of SyncBackPro/SE.
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Syncback Free and Syncback Container

Post by Lismurn »

I am sorry but I am unable to backup using Syncback free, what am I doing wrong?
I have read "Backing up to a virtual drive using SyncBack Containers" by Author: Conrad Chung, 2BrightSparks Pte. Ltd. part of which is reproduced below.
From SyncBackSE/Pro V8, you can setup a profile to either use a SyncBack Container or VHD/VHDX files. Note that SyncBackFree/Lite can’t backup to SyncBack Containers. However, an external utility is included in all variants of SyncBack V8 (and newer) to mount a SyncBack Container for read-only access.
I want to backup to an external hard drive E: but am not allowed to do it, where do I go from here? Step by step instructions please.
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Re: Syncback Free and Syncback Container

Post by cliffhanger »

Hi, as it says in your quote from the SyncBack Containers article, SyncBackFree cannot support (create, write to, etc) a SyncBack Container, But as you say you want to use an external hard drive as your backup, it is not clear why you are mentioning SB Containers, unless you were planning to use an SB Container on an external drive, which is possible using SyncBackSE/Pro but not possible using SyncBackFree, as already discussed.

The possible resources you can use with SyncBackFree are,
  • the root of (or a path (folder\s) on) an internal or external drive which the PC running SyncBackFree can communicate with
  • a folder/path shared over a network which the PC running SyncBackFree can communicate with
  • an FTP (but not FTPS nor SFTP) server which the PC running SyncBackFree can communicate with
If you simply want to set up SyncBackFree to copy from one disk (or path 'within' a disk) to another (for example from somewhere on drive-C to somewhere on drive-E) then in stage-3 of the New Profile wizard (the one with two drop-lists, which will each already be displaying 'Internal/external drive, network path, etc.') simply click the Done button at the foot of the dialog (do not try to change anything n the drop-lists) and the Simple settings page of a new profile will open. You can then type in (and/or browse to) the desired Source and Destination paths (e.g. C:\.......\Documents\ and E:\Docs Backup\ ) in the Source & Destination text-boxes at the top of the Simple settings page

For more background, see the very detailed Help file, in this case Help > {Contents >] Using SyncBackFree > Basic Operation > Creating A Profile. This will give you step by step instructions, screenshots, etc.,
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