Allway Sync Portable (Backup Utility)

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Allway Sync Portable (Backup Utility)

#1 Post by AlephX » Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:07 am

Hi,
as many old users know, Allway Sync is an app which writes settings to the registry...

Home: http://allwaysync.com/index.html

Recentely this Software House has published a free portable version of the program, which is packed with an installer which works only if it finds a portable device (anyway it´s possible to uniextract it and play a bit with the folders!):

Installer: http://allwaysync.com/download/allwaysy ... -6-1-3.exe (3,3 MB)

Features:
Free for personal use synchronization software. No spyware, adware or malware.
Easy-to-use graphical interface.
Performs true bi-directional and n-way file and folder synchronization, forget about backup and restore routines.
File modifications and deletions are tracked in a local database. So, Allway Sync knows the true history of your files--no unnecessary questions asked.
Our innovative, proprietary algorithms do not rely on the accuracy of the system clock or network connection quality. So, Allway Sync helps prevents data loss.
Generates a full report of differences between synchronization folders.
Synchronizes folders as well. Allway Sync detects when folders are removed from one device and removes them from any other corresponding synchronization targets.
Supports virtually any file system (FAT, NTFS, SAMBA, Netware, X-Drive, CDFS, UDF and more).
Capable of synchronizing more than two folders.
Synchronize data between your desktop PCs and laptops over a network.
A good way to backup and restore files if you run Allway Sync in one-way mode.
Specify independent synchronizarion parameters for any number of sets of folders (multiple jobs).
Transfer documents from one computer to another using an intermediate removable drive.
Or just synchronize with a removable device (USB key, flash drive, CDRW, Zip) so that you always have your data with you.
Flexible configuration and customization.
Supports files of any size.
The main screenshot:
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Required space: 13-14 Mb

I would like to receive tests / opinions from the other users!
Thanks,
AlephX

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#2 Post by Gary » Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:45 pm

AlephX

Purchased the pro non-portable version some time ago. It's an excellent product, and this free portable version is also great. Strangely, it does write a couple values to the registry, but not sure this impacts its portability. Have loaded it on my USB...


--Gary :)

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#3 Post by brewabel » Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:21 pm

I've been using this for some time as well. Noticed the registry entries made, just like Gary did. Figure if I'm using this to sync or back up some files, then it's not a huge deal either.

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#4 Post by AlephX » Wed Apr 25, 2007 12:53 am

Hi Gary and Brewabel!

I thank you a lot for the informations. This makes me go on in finding a way to use this app.

I could not start the installer, so I uniextracted it and created a folder on the USB unit in this way:

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copy {code_GetInstallDirName}\*.* X:\APPFOLDER
copy {code_GetInstallDirName}Bin\*.*  X:\APPFOLDER\Bin
copy {code_GetInstallDirName}Languages\*.*  X:\APPFOLDER\Languages
copy {code_GetInstallDirName}Skins\*.*  X:\APPFOLDER\Skins
copy {code_GetInstallDriveNameWithAutoRun}Bin\*.*  X:\APPFOLDER\Bin
where X:\APPFOLDER is the location of the USB key where to install the application (you can modify the code and paste it in a Batch file to be placed in the main folder where you have uniextracted the files...)

and launched it by double-clicking on Bin\syncappw.exe

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#5 Post by raggedy » Wed Apr 25, 2007 2:22 am

I've been using Goodsync (http://www.goodsync.com/index.html) for a while on my pc and I'm staggered at the similarities between this product and Allway Sync.

The tagline, logo and product seem to be exactly the same!

However, Goodsync haven't released a portable(ish) version yet.

Anyone have any clues?

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#6 Post by JohnW » Wed Apr 25, 2007 4:17 am

I have used Allway Synch a lot. It's a good product.
I thought I would try the portable version.
Like Aleph I found that I could not install it . I suspect that there is a significant installation error in the product.
I would be interested to know if anyone has succeeded using the set up file.

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#7 Post by AlephX » Wed Apr 25, 2007 6:35 am

JohnW wrote:I have used Allway Synch a lot. It's a good product.
I thought I would try the portable version.
Like Aleph I found that I could not install it . I suspect that there is a significant installation error in the product.
I would be interested to know if anyone has succeeded using the set up file.
I agree: I would like to know it too :D

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#8 Post by mrsyco » Wed Apr 25, 2007 1:51 pm

I have just succeeded in installing and using the program, albeit very breifly. i transfered a few files from one directory on my computer to another on my usb stick...heres a screenshot of the program after completion

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#9 Post by JohnW » Thu Apr 26, 2007 7:29 am

@mrsyco
But did you use the setup exe file?
The program doesn't allow you to set up on a fixed disk.
When you try to setup on a USB drive it fails (and I tried two such drives)
Like Aleph, I did extract files and get the thing going but there is something that bothers me just a little.
As Aleph states, you launch using Bin\syncappw.exe. I can confirm this.
Yet in the same directory there is a file 'AllwaySync'n'Go.exe'. I would have expected this to be the launcher.
From what I remember syncappw was the launcher in the non-portable version. I guess this call the other exe to modify some settings but I'm just slightly uneasy.
BTW the Home Site does have some FAQs which are useful ( a change from many sites)

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#10 Post by Andrew Lee » Thu Apr 26, 2007 7:41 am

This worked for me. Extract the installer using Universal Extractor. Then in the same folder, create this batch file:

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set DESTDIR=x:\target
mkdir "%DESTDIR%\Allway Sync 'n' Go"
mkdir "%DESTDIR%\Allway Sync 'n' Go\Bin"
mkdir "%DESTDIR%\Allway Sync 'n' Go\Languages"
mkdir "%DESTDIR%\Allway Sync 'n' Go\Skins"
set DESTDIR2=%DESTDIR%\Allway Sync 'n' Go
xcopy {code_GetInstallDirName} "%DESTDIR2%" /s
xcopy {code_GetInstallDirName}Bin  "%DESTDIR2%\Bin" /s
xcopy {code_GetInstallDriveNameWithAutoRun}Bin "%DESTDIR2%\Bin /s
xcopy {code_GetInstallDirName}Languages "%DESTDIR2%\Languages" /s
xcopy {code_GetInstallDirName}Skins  "%DESTDIR2%\Skins" /s
xcopy {code_GetInstallDriveName} "%DESTDIR%" /s
Make sure you change the first line to reflect the target folder you want.

Run the batch file.

Double-click on "AllwaySync'n'Go.exe" to launch.

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#11 Post by Andrew Lee » Thu Apr 26, 2007 7:45 am

I could be wrong, but AllwaySync'n'Go.exe seems to be a portable wrapper that transfers settings from the registry to the XML config files in "Allway Sync 'n' Go\_SYNCAPP".

Hence the registry settings.

However, the portable wrapper does work. I moved the app folder from one machine to another, and the settings were retained.

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#12 Post by mrsyco » Thu Apr 26, 2007 9:27 am

yes, i succeeded using the setup file it came with...if you want, i could put all the files it extracted into a zip file for you all to test...

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#13 Post by Andrew Lee » Fri Apr 27, 2007 4:43 am

If there are no objections, I will add this to the database, since it does appear to be portable, though definitely not "stealth".

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#14 Post by Andrew Lee » Mon Apr 30, 2007 4:25 am

Changed my mind about adding this.

I tried running it again today, and all of a sudden, it keeps giving me "CopyFilesToTempDirectory is failed" and refuses to start.

I also found out that it requires IE 5.5 or later to be installed. A sync app depends on browser version? Come on. A Win2K machine might not have IE 5.5 installed, that's for sure.

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Allwaysync

#15 Post by 1002Richards » Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:42 am

Hi,
I run this sync app from a USB stick, their website says it's portable - but I'm no expert!

Allway Sync editions to install on removable devices:

Download Allway Sync n Go (For USB and other removable drives)

Download Allway Sync n Go for U3 (For U3-enabled flash devices)

Download Allway Sync n Go in Portable Application Format (for USB sticks)



What do people think? Is it a possible prog to be listed?

http://www.allwaysync.com/

This is my first attempt at a submission so please be gentle!

Thanks
Richard.

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