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March 28, 2009

FileMyster 1.2.0 Release… Finally

Filed under: FileMyster — Tags: , — Aziz @ 21:26

Good day everybody,

After a long long time, the next installment of FileMyster is finally ready! We are sorry it took us a long time to release an update, but we hope it’s worth the wait. We tried to implement almost all the requests, but they just keep on coming (keep them coming :) ). so we decided to freeze the requirements and release this version. If your request wasn’t implemented, Don’t fret. We’ll look through them for the next version.

A portable edition is also available (download)

Here are the release notes for 1.2.0:-

Bugs Fixed:-
-Bug with saving changes.
-Right click bug.

-Removed splash screen (who needs that thing!!!).
-Columns are now re-sizable and size is saved.
-Current window state is saved (location and size).
-Minutes iterations are now available.
-Hide/view for table header.
-The task-bar now show sync percentage completion.
-Redesigned help file.

-Preferences pane.
-Option to display grids.
-Row background color change option.
-Row Font color change option.
-Real-time scheduling.
-Minimize to tray icon option.
-Console application (filemysterconsole).
-Added full mirror (Mirror now renamed to Half Mirror).
-Ability to Backup for deleted and overwritten files/folders.
-Option to change the service account.
-File type exclusions.

To use FileMyster’s console app,  type filemysterconsole in cmd. Type help to view the app options.

Once again thanks a lot for your requests and efforts to make FileMyster a better product.

PS: if you installed a beta i recommend you completely remove it with its configurations and install this version

Thanks and happy syncing!!


  1. Hi there:

    Thanks for your dev efforts. I’ve just downloaded your FileMyster. I’ll only give it spin for loving file sync tools and due to the fact it has been highly user-rated at, although, honestly, I hate .NET framework-based software.

    Wanna a suggestion? There are users out there that sure backup to pen drives, so how about a feature whereby your program would be able to detect when a pen drive were plugged in and then optionally (also automatically if the user so chosed) ask him/her whether he/she wants to copy/backup files there, as previously set up by him/her for this purpose? SecondCopy ( does exactly this.

    Have ever heard about Drive Snapshot? If not, worth a try. Available here:

    My best regards,


    Comment by MCHAL — March 29, 2009 @ 21:22

  2. Hi.

    Sorry. Me again. Only file types can specified for sync… A pity. I would like to be able to specify individual file (names), such as thisfile.xml/thisfile.txt etc… It’s not always convenient to sync a whole directory contents by file type.

    Anyway thanks so much.



    Comment by MCHAL — March 29, 2009 @ 21:28

  3. Hello Milton,

    Indivdual file selection is on our to-do list for the next version.
    As for the USB drive we’ll look through it. Thanks for your suggestions.

    Comment by Aziz — March 30, 2009 @ 22:12

  4. Hi, I am trying your FilyMyster software and its scheduled mirroring option and have observed that it copies the files from the source to the destination every time it performs a mirroring operation. That is completely unnecesary and causes a lot of disk activity. It looks like the software do not test the dates of the files to decide if it has to overwrite or not the existing file, even though that should be done, according to the documentation file.

    Can you check that?
    Otherwise, the software looks very good, thanks.

    Comment by cierzo — April 13, 2009 @ 09:25

  5. Hello,

    FileMyster does check on the dates, the disk activity is probably FileMyster doing just that.

    Comment by Aziz — April 14, 2009 @ 19:03

  6. Hello,

    For some reason the scheduler never works for me. I’m on Vista, I rebooted just in case and I check and your service is on. I’m assuming FileMyster doesn’t need to be launched for this to work but I tried both ways and it does not work. I have 3 jobs setup, one to start at 2:00am, 2:20am and 2:40am and all 3 jobs are half mirror for all file types. Am I doing anything wrong?

    Running manually works fine. A small comment, I noticed last date runed will say (e.g. 2009-04-28 10:15pm) but for Next Sync, it says 2009-04-28 22:00, I prefer the AM PM way but no big deal.

    Future Suggestion: A new button “Preview Sync” This basically simulates how many files would be copied, deleted etc and you could simply launch the log report after it’s completed or something like this.

    Other than that, great program, very simple to use!!!


    Comment by Yves Menard — April 29, 2009 @ 13:51

  7. Hi,

    Scheduler not run for me? How to config that?

    Comment by Tom — May 23, 2009 @ 14:25

  8. I tried it with a huge folder (67GB aprox) and a somewhat old backup folder, and it worked for 24 hours, without results (it did moved some deleted files, though). What could be the problem?

    Comment by el-jaguar — June 5, 2009 @ 01:34

  9. Hello,

    FileMyster had a problem with scheduled sync in systems with am/pm time format. This has been fixed and the fix is available at:

    For this fix to work, you should completely uninstall the current version (delete the log and settings file too).

    It’s not a full release yet, it’s just a quick fix. I’m planning to add more features for the next official release.

    Comment by Aziz — June 5, 2009 @ 19:46

  10. Hi, great piece of software.. I’m amazed I haven’t found it sooner :)
    I’m really excited there is a portable version.. almost 90% of the software I run is portable due to the nature of my Win environment.. the only problem is that the download link doesn’t work:

    A portable edition is also available ( download)
    404 – Not Found
    The page you are trying to access does not exist.
    If this error persists, please contact the website webmaster.
    Please correct this :)
    thank you

    Comment by Bogdan — June 22, 2009 @ 23:03

  11. I am ungrading my hard drive and using the upgrade as an excuse to do a fresh OS install, it’s been about 2 years..about time, lol, now the question, I have 31 slots in FileMyster, love the program, can I copy that config in to a new install of FileMyster (old and new install are both 1.2.0 running on windows xp)?

    Thanks either way it’s an awesome program.

    Comment by Andree — July 25, 2009 @ 06:46

  12. Hello Andree,

    That can easily be done:-

    1- install FileMyster in the new installation.

    2-Copy the FileMyster folder in C:\documents and setting\username\application data\filemyster (C:\ProgramData\FileMyster in vista) to the new machine. This will work properly if the date and time are the same. Otherwise You will face a problem.

    3- you’re all done, You will get both the slots and log in FileMyster.

    I’m already implementing an import\export settings for the next release.

    Comment by Aziz — July 25, 2009 @ 15:53

  13. Thanks for the really fast answer.

    Comment by Andree — July 28, 2009 @ 03:35

  14. Hey,
    What happend to Kohinoor back-up ????
    Did it work then ????

    Good job bro

    Comment by BaDeR — August 3, 2009 @ 13:30

  15. FileMyster has been successfully deployed at kohinoor :D

    Comment by Aziz — August 6, 2009 @ 19:39

  16. Hi, Does it work with Win7? I loved it in Vista, but in 7 it just says “looking into files/folders” and stays at 0 kb synced. Tried reinstalling several times. Any ideas?

    Comment by aRTie — August 25, 2009 @ 20:54

  17. Yes it’s fully compatible with windows 7. The problem your facing is because of the permissions. Somehow Win 7 doesn’t sometimes recognize group permissions. What you have to do is add the permission for your user.

    Here are the steps:-

    – Go to C:\ProgramData\FileMyster (where C is your OS installation drive)
    – Right-Click on fmconfig.xml and click properties.
    – Select security tab >>edit >> add >> type your username and click ok.
    – Select your username from the ‘group or user names’ section in the security. Tick allow full control, Apply then ok. then ok again.
    – Do the same for the log.html file.
    – You’re all set!

    This will fix your problem. If you still have the problem, please feel free to reply and happy syncing!

    Comment by Aziz — August 27, 2009 @ 20:13

  18. Hi, I just tried 1.2.0. I have a one-way synch setup to a shared file on my network. I setup the slot, then ran the 1st synch, which create 1633 new files. Then, about 5 minutes later, I ran the same slot/synch, and when I looked at the FileMyster log, it said that it synched ~800 files, “overwritten”. There was a post earlier in this blog, where you said that FileMyster checks file dates, but it appears that that is not working correctly?

    Comment by JL — August 30, 2009 @ 17:35

  19. You’re right JL it’s a bug which I fixed, The fix is included in the next version.

    Comment by Aziz — August 31, 2009 @ 10:08

  20. Bugs that I have found. The program should be running as admin for windows7/vista users, but by default it doesnt which will cause the program not to work correctly. Another issue is the bug reporting feature causes the app to crash.

    Comment by Ryan — September 3, 2009 @ 04:15

  21. I have just download it and discovered the following problem:

    If user does not have admin rights and he wants to change service login type from Local System to Domain\User, he fails – its normal behavior and can not be changed.
    BUT, if user run FileMaster under local admin account, he can not change service login type – “Invalid Username” error appears.
    It seems domain user can not be seen under local admin.

    Comment by Uncle Bob — September 11, 2009 @ 16:08

  22. Another bug found. If you pick a root drive for sync it will only do the root files and no folders will be included with the sync. This bug can also be seen in the latest 1.2.2 beta…

    Comment by Ryan — September 14, 2009 @ 02:12

  23. All the reported bug are being looked after, please leave your real email so I can contact you for more details, thanks for reporting.

    Comment by Aziz — September 16, 2009 @ 07:27

  24. The scheduler does not work for me. I am using 1.2.1 version.

    Comment by slobodan stipic — October 5, 2009 @ 19:01

  25. How are open or locked files handled during synchronization? Is the Windows VSS capability used?

    Comment by galileo — October 14, 2009 @ 17:49

  26. Is it possible to preview a file comparison and make include/exclude selections before executing a sync? Or does the sync occur without any user knowledge of what the program is going to do?….other than what settings one made originally.

    Comment by galileo — October 14, 2009 @ 17:55

  27. Just found your software after long hours of searching for good sync software for a few of my clients. I must say, I’m impressed. I’ve synced about 3GB of stuff so far, and its working pretty good.

    Does it also have any open file support?

    Comment by Xomby — October 29, 2009 @ 17:41

  28. I’m using Windows 7 64-bit. I can’t seem to get the scheduled sync to actually sync the files. The log states that access was denied to the source folder, but doing a manual sync work. It looks like the service doesn’t have the rights to the source folder, however my user account is an administrator and i have as much UAC crap turned off as i can. Any ideas?


    Comment by JA64Flyers — November 18, 2009 @ 02:17

  29. Hi,
    Great idea, but I can’t make Filemyster work as I want. As long as I do a “sync” between disks and/or folders in the same computer everything behaves as expected. But if one of the folders is on a disk somewhere else in my network most of the files on the destination is always overwritten, changed or not.
    I use XP 32-bit and have some computers and one NAS in my network.
    I use half mirror.
    Any hint?

    Comment by Nils — January 24, 2010 @ 00:39

  30. Hello folks!

    I just downloaded FileMyster, and I’m now trying the Lite version in particular. I see it’s an excellent software, right because it’s so… simple and essential! Keep it this way, don’t make it too complicated just to add too many features.

    One question: I can’t understand if and how the slots set up un FMLite can be saved. Is there a function I’m missing? And also: can FMLite be started in batch mode? (I would like to set up a just-click-and-sync icon on my quick launch bar).

    Thank you for your good job!

    Comment by MagoWiz — February 1, 2010 @ 12:05

  31. Hi Bateel Thank you for the software. I understand that the software will check dates on the files, but will it check dates of file modification ?, not just date of creattion ? This is critical when updating database files for example.
    The file creation will remain the same, but the date of modification will not.
    Also if I want to sync in one direction and the target folder is empty then no sync will take place. The file has to be copied there first. This is something that could be looked at. Maybe a pop up message asking the obvious question.

    Comment by Toby Sheppard — August 21, 2010 @ 07:05

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