Frequently Asked Questions
Below are answers to some common questions about SyncDat.
Much more detailed information can be found in the documentation. Also feel free to contact us with your questions.
- What exactly does SyncDat do?
- SyncDat compares a local directory tree to a remote directory tree, identifies the differences between them, then copies file data and properties to make the two directory trees identical..
- Why is SyncDat faster than rsync or CIFS based file synchronizers?
- By using its own MTP/IP based file server, SyncDat is able to scan hundreds of thousands of files in a single pass, then transfer changed files with maximum network efficiency. Other synchronization software is slowed by network protocols that were not designed for Wide Area Networks.
- How does it decide which files to move?
- SyncDat compares the file modification date stamps and file sizes to decide whether an update is required. For peer-to-peer synchronization, it records the time of the last synchronization so that updates on both sides can be correctly preserved.
- Does SyncDat scan file contents?
- No. Only file properties are compared, avoiding the overhead of reading every byte of every file. This allows you to run synchronizations with minimal impact on system performance.
- Does SyncDat require special hardware?
- No. Like all MTP/IP applications, SyncDat is entirely software based. The server and client components are light-weight and can be rapidly installed.
- What networks are supported?
- Any IP network capable of handling UDP datagrams can run SyncDat. SSL and other TCP tunneling VPNs are not supported. You may need to open a single firewall port.
- What platforms are supported?
- SyncDat can transfer data between Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and most unix-like operating systems. See technical note 004 for details
- Can I try SyncDat for myself?
- Yes. You may obtain a free trial online, or contact a DEI representative, to obtain your free trial.