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 Post subject: Why an easy to use, portable RSYNC for Windows is important
PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:37 pm 
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I'd really like to see this come together and here's why...

  1. Fewer writes to external Flash media mean it could last last YEARS longer than it would under normal circumstances.
  2. This is exacerbated by the fact that Microsoft, Adobe, and many other file types are only going to get bigger over time. Yet the actual change to individual files when you make minor changes probably hasn't increased much over time.
  3. If a program like this takes off and becomes widely available, ordinary developers will start making software that specifically tries to keep file changes to a minimum based on actual changes. The comparison is saving an entirely new matrix or saving a new "layer" to an existing structure.

... I'll see about putting a bounty on its creation once I get some money together. Maybe post a request to DonationCoder or something.

Background: this post was drawn from another thread about my research on RSYNC. However, I think its particularly relevant to portable users (and really anyone who does most of their work on flash-based storage).

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 Post subject: Re: Why an easy to use, portable RSYNC for Windows is import
PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 7:28 pm 
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Old thread update: Duplicati answers this issue. However, this program only works with backups rather than synchronization. Might make a feature request on this. On the other hand, it does provide incremental backups, which is also awesome.

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 Post subject: Re: Why an easy to use, portable RSYNC for Windows is import
PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 7:04 pm 
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Old thread update:

In the absence of a clear freeware or portable RSYNC program coming up in my search, I wanted to point out that SyncBreeze is a potential (non-free) bit-level sync program. http://www.syncbreeze.com/

There IS a free version and softpedia lists "bit level" synchronization as an option within it, the SyncBreeze manual (http://www.flexense.com/documents/syncbreeze_manual.pdf) says that the it's only available in the "ultimate" version (at this writing going for $50).

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 Post subject: Re: Why an easy to use, portable RSYNC for Windows is import
PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 12:40 pm 
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Old thread update: one solution was found.

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 Post subject: Re: Why an easy to use, portable RSYNC for Windows is import
PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 2:00 am 
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webfork wrote:
Old thread update: one solution was found.

    I'm glad you find it so. :)

    Because I mostly agree with it, I've been watching this subject and your musings over time. I always felt concerned that Windows, being so much more universal on the world's desktops, could be so lacking in that respect.

    At least we have one more solution now -- not entirely free, but better than nothing... :roll:

    On a related note, did you ever check TimeDicer (viewtopic.php?t=21441)?

    Lastly, there seems to be a SyncBreeze freeware version (see the downloads page at http://www.syncbreeze.com/downloads.html), but unfortunately that version isn't included in the side-by-side product feature comparison matrix (at http://www.syncbreeze.com/syncbreeze_product_versions.html)...


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 Post subject: Re: Why an easy to use, portable RSYNC for Windows is import
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I always felt concerned that Windows, being so much more universal on the world's desktops, could be so lacking in that respect.

What's most surprising about this is the lack of interest. With the increasing popularity of flash media that has almost unlimited (and generally much faster) read speed with a life limited by disk writes, it seems like a very strange blind spot.

At least we have one more solution now -- not entirely free, but better than nothing...

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did you ever check TimeDicer ... there seems to be a SyncBreeze

Thanks for the suggestions ... will try to look into these along with the Bvckup 2 beta.

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