How To: Launch FreeFileSync on Startup

In my Software Spotlight, I introduced FreeFileSync as a solution to set up drive/directory mirroring in a matter of minutes, without dealing with 3rd-party OS’s (mainly Western Digital, who couldn’t write a functioning program if their business depended on it.) The only problem is that that you have to do some additional configuration to get it to launch on startup. There’s a bit of a guide here, but I think I can do a better job of explaining it:

ffs11. The above is a bit small, but you want to open up FreeFileSync and save your settings as a batch file (.ffs_batch) to wherever you want. I put mine in the same directory as the FFS install.

ffs2 2. Next, you’re going to create a new shortcut in the Startup directory. Please don’t be a scrub and manually navigate to the directory – put shell:startup in the file explorer bar instead. Your target is going to be two directories separated by a space: First the path to the RTS executable, and the second to the batch file from step one. Start the shortcut in the FFS directory.

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3. Now open task scheduler and configure a new task. Name it something intelligent. Because our backups depend on it, all the other settings are going to be geared towards this thing always running. Make sure you configure it for your OS – it defaults to Vista (?) otherwise.

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4. Set the trigger to begin at startup. That’s sort of the whole point of this.

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5. Your action is going to be to start a program. Point it to the RTS .exe and then set the argument to the batch file.

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6. The last step is to configure the settings to have this thing run as much as humanly possible. Most of this is turned off by default, so you can go through and turn on what makes sense to do, or match what I have above.

7. Reboot your PC and test functionality.

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