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System Requirements

Syncovery runs on:

Windows
All versions of Windows since Windows 2000 are fully supported. It runs on both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems. The software itself is mostly 32-bit code, but includes some 64-bit code to enable Volume Shadowing on 64-bit Windows.

Macintosh
Syncovery runs on all Intel Macs, and on all Mac OS X versions since 10.4 “Tiger” up to including the latest version (currently 10.9 “Mavericks”).

To install it, you may need to go to the Mac OS System Preferences, Security & Privacy, and specify that you want to allow apps downloaded from: Anywhere.

An older version 5.73 is also available if you need to run it on older PowerPC Macs. This version also requires at least Mac OS 10.4 “Tiger”.

Linux
A version of Super Flexible File Synchronizer is available for Linux. It may or may not run on your Linux distribution. See the Linux download page for more details.

Works on OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)

Syncovery works fine on Apple’s new operating system, OS X 10.9 (Mavericks).

To install it, you need to go to the Mac OS System Preferences, Security & Privacy, and specify that you want to allow apps downloaded from: Anywhere.

Upgrading to Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)

Syncovery is completely compatible with Max OS X 10.7 (Lion).

These instructions apply to users who:

  • have an older version of Mac OS X
  • want to upgrade to Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)
  • have an older version of Super Flexible File Synchronizer

New Mac OS Installation
If you are installing Mac OS X Lion on a new partition or hard disk, then there are no special precautions to take. Download the latest version of Syncovery after completing the installation of OS X Lion.

Upgrade
If you are installing Mac OS X Lion as an upgrade, and you are still using Super Flexible File Synchronizer, please follow these steps for a successful upgrade:

Before installing Lion, you should install the latest version of Syncovery. Please stop the scheduler and download the latest version from our web site. Double-click the installer and confirm the installation steps. You can then move the older Super Flexible Synchronizer to the trash.

Start Syncovery at least once before upgrading Mac OS. This will ensure that the configuration file is in the latest format.

Now you can install Mac OS X Lion.

After Installation of Lion
When Syncovery is started the first time on Lion, it may say that it doesn’t have write access to the configuration file. Please reply with YES twice to let it copy the configuration file to a user-specific location and to retain your existing profiles. After this, the program should run normally and you should still have your old profiles.

If your profiles are missing despite these instructions, you can import them. Go to the Profile Overview in Advanced Mode and click on the Gears toolbar button. Choose “Import Profiles…”. In the selection dialog, hit Cmd-Shift-G in order to go to a specific folder. Type /Library/Preferences and click OK. Then, please choose the newest Syncovery.cfg or SuperFlexibleSynchronizer.cfg file and click Open. Now you can import your profiles by clicking All and OK, or choose the profiles to import by placing checkmarks.

Creating 100% identical bootable copies on Mac


On Macintosh, Syncovery can create 100% identical, bootable copies of system volumes. To achieve this, it now copies all the specialty items of the Macintosh file systems. In particular, it copies Extended Attributes, hard links, BSD flags, ACLs, Finder Info for folders, and other items.

To compare existing backups in terms of these special items, use the following checkmarks on the tab sheet Comparison->More: Compare Attributes, With Extended Attributes, Compare Permissions, With ACLs, Enforce Hard Links.

The program must be “Run as root” to achieve 100% identical copies.

Syncovery passes the enhanced “Backup Bouncer” test

Syncovery passes the enhanced “Backup Bouncer” test by Nathanial Gray and Mike Bombich when “running as root”.