Using SyncBee to synchronize files with a USB hard drive

To avoid computer crashes and data loss, people jump on the “online backup” bandwagon to store their data to the Cloud in this data-booming era. Online backup is a good method for saving data. However, we need to be aware of problems when our data is stored in a risky remote space environment. Also note that Internet bandwidth can drastically slow down our backup time and work efficiently.

 

What you will learn:

• How to automatically back up your computers to a USB drive device.

• How to work your data from anywhere with a portable USB drive device.

• Why a USB device is useful in storing your data safely.

 

What you should know:

• Familiarity with basic use of Windows operation system

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Incremental cloning

In this article, we will introduce a USB drive device, SyncBee, with a FarStone program installed. We will demonstrate how you can easily back up, recover, or synchronize between your computer and SyncBee with a few simple clicks. You can work from office to home and bring it everywhere. SyncBee can automatically search file types or you choose your files to back up or synchronize from the computer to SyncBee. Your data-loss-prevention plan can be executed without any time-consuming procedures.

 

FEATURES

Everyone has probably faced the catastrophe when data loss occurs. The reasons can be many; accidental deletions, viruses, file corruption and etc. Backing up can make extra copies of your data for safekeeping and restoring can recover your lost and corrupted file from the backed up data. With SyncBee, you can copy your computer files and folders to the hard drive and retrieve files back with peace-of-mind. SyncBee can also facilitate your work efficiency for its synchronization. Besides, you can synchronize your office and home computers to work without interruptions. This device has intuitive features with useful advantages ..

 

• Back up computers to a safe personal hard drive

• Back up and synchronize multiple computers

• Plug-in and play, no installation needed, no learning curve

• Back up without interrupting your work

• Automatically search and categorize all of your personal files

• Back up open files

• No change of any registries on your system

• One-way or two-way synchronization

• Back up only changes to your files – incremental backup

• Automatically merge recovery points to save space

• Password protection

• High-speed USB 3.0 drive (USB 2.0 compatible)

 

SYNCBEE SPECIFICATIONS

It provides multi-lingual interfaces of English, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Japanese, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, and Korean.

Interface • USB3.0 Super Speed / USB2.0 High Speed / 2.5″ SATA HDD
Drive Interface Support • USB3.0 5Gbps(≥70MB/s) USB 2.0 480Mb/s(≥30MB/s)
OS supported • Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8
Power • Bus power
LED indication • USB 3.0 Orange USB2.0 Green; Access – Blinking
Accessories • USB3.0 Micro B cable
Dimension • 130.5 (W) X 78.5 (L) X 13.0 (H) mm
Certification • CE, FCC
RoHS Compliance • Yes

 

HOW TO BACK UP

1.Plug SyncBee in your computer, the easy-to-use interface will show up. Or you can enter “My Computer” to find the icon of SyncBee. Double click the icon

to enter the main menu.

2.Click “Options” to set up your preference. Set up for the first time and just click “Backup Now” in the future. Choose file types to back up. You can also add types or files/folders in the right-down buttons. Click “OK” and you will go back to the main menu.

3.Click “Backup Now” and your files will be backed up. Note that SyncBee does not back up Windows files, application, and other executable files to save your time and space.

During the backup process, you can see the details of files and time. You can finish your backup with these simple clicks.

 

HOW TO RESTORE

1.Click “Restore” in the main menu.

2.Because you can use SyncBee on different computers, choose one target computer to restore.

3.Select a restore point.

4.Browse files you want to restore.

5.You can restore files to the desktop, to the original location, or a new location.

Click “OK” to restore files.

HOW TO SYNCHRONIZE

1.Click “Sync Options” to set up your preference. Set up for the first time and just click “Sync Now” in the future.

1.1  The default directories for synchronization are Documents, Desktop, Favorites and Outlook files. You can unselect items or add your preferred folders.

1.2  In the up navigation bar, select “Settings.” You can decide what to do in the scenarios below.

• When there are duplicate file names found during synchronization.

• When user names of source and target are different USBs

• When a disk drive cannot be found in target USB

1.3 In the up navigation bar, select “Sync Group.” You can create a sync group to synchronize all your computers and you can keep all the files in the latest status.

2.After setting up, you go back to the main menu and click “Sync Now.” Then you can see “Two way synchronization”, “Sync to USB”, “Sync from USB.” Select one and you will finish your synchronization.

HOW TO ENCRYPT YOUR DATA

1.You can click the icon in the main menu and enter your password (at least 6 characters).

2.When you use SyncBee next time, it will request you to enter password.

CONCLUSION

There are a variety of methods to back up and synchronize your data and to keep worries of data loss at bay. You can consider backing up and synchronizing your computers to a hard drive device. However, manually store data to a hard drive could be easy but not wise enough. A good hard drive device can well organize your data and wisely bring them back when you need them. For more information, you can log on FarStone’s website and read more about the best-selling portable backup device, SyncBee.

MirrorDrive with incremental cloning and file version backup

by Dr. Wei Deng

 

DriveClone’s new MirrorDrive feature allow users to instantly use the MirrorDrive when disasters strike

 

With Mirror Drive technology, you can recover and replace a failed device with close to zero downtime. The state-of-the-art technology first converts and compares all files, then clone only the changed data to the hard drive, providing you with a high-grade-speed to complete the Mirror Drive process.

What you will learn…

• You will learn how to use DriveClone’s Mirror Drive.

• The article will teach you how to boot Mirror Drive on different computers, making migrate/replace new PC simple and easy

 

What you should know…

RTO, the abbreviation of recovery time objective, is defined as the longest endurable time for computer, system, network or applications to stop working after a breakdown or disaster. RTO is an important standard for data recovery. In total, DriveClone provides two RTO standard solutions; Mirror Drive and CVM (Convert to Virtual Machine). With Mirror Drive technology, you can replace a failed device with a Mirror Drive. In regard to CVM, all you have to do is load the converted VMware file with a virtual machine. Both of these recovery operations are effective and reduce overall down time tremendously.

 

Our Advantages

 

Incremental cloning

the safest way to back up important data is to duplicate the said data to an external storage device to achieve physically-isolated protection. However, the recovery process of traditional backup software is long and tedious, and can negatively affect your business operations.

With incremental cloning and other functions, DriveClone becomes an alternative and effective backup solution. Incremental cloning allows you to back up recently changed data quickly, and restoration only requires a boot up; business can operate without fear of down time in case of disaster.

 

Perfect Defrag Cloning

During the process of Mirror Drive, DriveClone will re-organize the whole hard drive data. Consequently, the destination hard drive’s performance is on average 20% faster than the original by keeping all blocks of files in order.

 

Smart Cloning

In order to optimize clone speed and reduce the destination drive’s size, DriveClone intelligently excludes temporary files, hibernation files, memory swap files, etc. from being cloned to the destination drive.

 

Dissimilar/Universal Boot Cloning

DriveClone keeps the cloned drive in a “Universal Bootable Format”, allows it to boot on different computers;

 

True UEFI System Support

UEFI has more advantages, such as larger capacity, superior performance, GPT disk supported, etc.As such, nearly all new PC motherboards have adopted UEFI technology. Farstone has made joint efforts with motherboard producers to perfect the support of UEFI-based mainboard. Thus far, we are the only one who supports dissimilar recovery of UEFI motherboard.

 

Multi-version File Recovery

FarStone is the first and best firm that have incorporated cloning as a true backup solution. Driveclone can clone iterations of files, automatically or specified, allowing restoration to any old data possible.

 

Create& Use a Mirror Drive using DriveClone

Please insert a hard drive directly to a PC or through a USB enclosure.

 

1.Plug an USB hard drive

2.Install DriveClone

3.DriveClone will clone the computer’s hard drive to an USB hard drive

4.Remove hard drive from USB enclosure

5.Replace the hard drive on the computer with the newly cloned hard drive

Start up your PC after linking the hard drives.

 

1.Run DriveClone, and click Clone Drive/Partition.

2.Check source hard drive/partition and destination hard drive/partition.

3.Verify the information and click next.

4.Cloning progress.

5.Cloning completed.

Use DriveClone to Convert System to VM file

DriveClone’s other main feature is the ability to convert a running OS to a virtual machine format. The resulting image can be launched directly by a virtual machine. At this moment, DriveClone supports VMware and Hyper-V format.

 

1.Run DriveClone, and choose Convert to VM file.

2.Check the hard drive/partition that needs to be converted, choose a virtual machine format, and specify the storage path.

3.Verify the information and click next.

4.Conversion progress.

5.Conversion complete.

How to run incremental cloning?

 

1.Run DriveClone, and choose Clone Setting.

2.Enable Incremental Clone; thereafter, you can check Keep X versions of legacy files.

3.Legacy files are saved in the corresponding partition of the destination hard drive, and the folder name contains creation time.

A Comparison Table for Similiar Products

 

DriveClone is the best cloning tool in the market. Below are the comparison between DriveClone, Paragon, and Acronis cloning solutions.

Summary

 

DriveClone provides two RTO standard solutions; Mirror Drive and Convert to Virtual Machine ( VMWare and Hyper-V format ). With Mirror Drive technology, you can replace a failed device with a Mirror Drive. On the other hand, you can also convert or load your data directly to a Virtual Machine format. Both solutions have the lowest RTO, thus allowing businesses to operate with no down time when disaster struck and also allowing migration to new hardware simple and easy.

How to setup a backup schedule for Total Backup Recovery?

1. Run Total Backup Recovery, and connect the storage device (eg: external hard drive) to your PC. In the below example, the USB hard drive’s letter is G)
2013-06-18-0012. Select Back Up in the main console, and check the hard drive that needs to be backed up, and set G (the destination storage) disk as Backup Destination.
2013-06-18-0023. Select Schedule (see above screenshot), and the following window will pop up. default is Back Up Now.

2013-06-18-0034. From here you can change the overall backup scheme. If you would like to backup once a month automatically, for example, you would change the “Backup scheme “to Schedule, then under “Run the task”, select monthly. Run the task monthly.
With this change, the program will run a complete backup on the first day of each month.

2013-06-18-0045. In the example, we need only one complete backup per month. So we deselect all days except for the 1st.

2013-06-18-0056. under the dropdown menu.

2013-06-18-0067. For the Clean up archive column, you can check

Retention rules:

if older backup is not important and you would like to increase storage space efficiency.

Set the backup time you need to keep at Keep xx backup set column. In our case, we set Monthly backup, and this Keep 3 backup set means that only the backup images from last 3 months will be kept.

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PerfectDefrag™ completely defrags a hard drive

FarStone PerfectDefrag will 100% defrag all files on a hard drive. A hard drive with perfectdefag will run up to 20% faster.

 

Perfect Defrag ensures your HDD or SSD is completed defragged (has no fragmentations). A perfect defrag drive runs 20% faster than a drive with fragmentations. DriveClone incorporates Pefect Disk Defrag unique feature, it will defrag all files on your HDD on memory before copy to target cloned drive, which ensures there is no fragmentation (100% defragged) on the cloned new drive. Peferct Defrag uses memory as temp. space for defragmentation. It won’t write temp files or sectors to HDD or SSD, to assure your HDD or SSD life is not affected.

 

TotalRecovery Pro and DriveClone completely defrags (Perfect Defrag) a HDD or SSD before writing to the cloned disk. A Perfect Defrag disk runs up to 20% faster.

How to migrate/upgrade & clone RAIDs(0, 1, 5)?

How to migrate/upgrade & clone RAIDs(0, 1, 5)?

How to replace current RAID with a bigger RAID?

If your server can support both current and the new RAID devices, then you can simply connect both to the system and use DriveClone Server to clone the current RAID to the new RAID. Replace current RAID by the new RAID after DriveClone server has completed the cloning process.

cloneRaid1If your server can’t support 2 RAIDs, you can use a hard drive as a temporary storage (temp drive). First clone the current RAID to the temp drive, 2nd make sure the temp drive is bootable, and then construct a new RAID with larger hard drives; clone the temp drive to the new RAID.cloneRaid2

FarStone Releases VirtualDrive CD/DVD Emulation Software V16.10 for Windows 10

VirtualDrive, one of the original virtual CD/DVD software first released in 1996, now supports Windows 10 and comes with new features and enhancements.

 

 Use CD/DVD without the need of DVD drive

FarStone Technology, known for their refined VirtualDrive virtual CD/DVD and TotalRecovery PC system backup solutions, has released VirtualDrive 16.10. VirtualDrive converts a CD, DVD or Blu-ray as a compressed image, or “virtual CD”, which can be played on a “virtual drive” that the software creates.

Virtual CDs run directly on the hard drive with access speed nearly 200 times faster than CD-ROMs, accelerating performance for PC games, video CDs, photo CDs, and CD/DVD-based applications.

“We are pleased to announce the release of version 16.10 of VirtualDrive that supports the coming Windows 10. ” said Peter Lin, Product Manager of FarStone. VirtualDrive allows users to use ISO files immediately without needing a DVD drive or burn to DVD discs. In addition to bug fixes, there are some new features added in this new release. “Users will be happy with our new release” said Peter Lin.

VirtualDrive 16 Main Features:

  • Windows 10 Compatible
  • Use DVD ISO image electronically without the need of a DVD drive or DVD disc
  • Make unique customized virtual CD/DVD images
  • No noise, no tear and no lost CD/DVD
  • Perfect Pad and computers without a DVD drive
  • Play up to 23 virtual CD/DVDs simultaneously
  • Share CD/DVDs on a network
  • Hot-key for hard-core CD/DVD users and gamers
  • Automatically load and insert virtual CD/DVDs into virtual drives upon system startup
  • Portability and Convenience
  • VirtualDrive Network edition for easy management of virtual CD/DVD/BDs for multiple users

virtualdrive box

Use CD/DVD without the need of DVD drive