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Eric Olson
Synchronization Program for Mac
on Nov 19, 2010 at 10:52:19 pm

Can someone recommend a good program for synchronizing important files on my MacBook?

I need something that can quickly and efficiently compare the files on my system drive and then either delete or copy over the files to an external drive.

I use Syncback SE on my PC but haven't had much luck on Mac (not a native mac person.)

Thanks,

EO


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Thomas Morter-Laing
Re: Synchronization Program for Mac
on Nov 20, 2010 at 12:02:24 am

Have a look at sugersync or crashback. Hope that helps.

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Thomas Morter-Laing
Re: Synchronization Program for Mac
on Nov 20, 2010 at 12:05:32 am

Sorry I meant crashplan. Also maybe goodsync or synkron.

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Zane Barker
Re: Synchronization Program for Mac
on Nov 20, 2010 at 1:28:46 am

What file size you talking about here.

Mobile me and dropbox will get the job done nicely.

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Eric Olson
Re: Synchronization Program for Mac
on Dec 2, 2010 at 3:20:36 pm

We're talking 120 GB of data. I can store it on an external drive though.

EO


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Chris Gordon
Re: Synchronization Program for Mac
on Dec 2, 2010 at 1:25:51 am

I'm expect this will be out of your comfort level, but I'll throw it out there anyway.

My personal favorite tool for this kind of thing is rsync. It's an extremely powerful unix command line tool that can do exactly what you want and a whole lot more -- I've built an entire backup system around it. If you move lots of files or keep lots of things in sync, it is probably worth the learning curve. Incidentally it was originally written by the author of Samba.


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Joel Hufford
Re: Synchronization Program for Mac
on Dec 3, 2010 at 7:11:35 pm

I'll second what Chris said.

If you're at all comfortable with using the Terminal and the command line, I don't think you can beat rsync.

I've been using rsync, paired with SSH to perform nightly incremental backups to a secured offsite server for several months now. It's fairly simple to implement after reading a few manual pages in the Terminal.

It certainly doesn't have the polish of an expensive GUI based backup system, but I think that's one of the things I like about it. It operates at such a basic filesystem level that you don't have to worry about complicated preference settings or a big application that eats up system resources and slows down your machine.

paired with the "cron" command, you can setup your mac to automatically perform these backups as often as you like, daily, weekly, monthly, etc.

also, it's possible to have rsync create a log about every backup it makes, this way you can check the next day to ensure all of your files were copied correctly.

a quick google search will return a ton of information about rsync. You can also learn a lot by reading the manual page in the terminal. just type "man rsync" in any terminal window.

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Thie Thomsen
Re: Synchronization Program for Mac
on Dec 10, 2010 at 8:36:57 am

Rsync beats most GUI based apps in terms of speed and reliabillity. Also, if you work a lot with files and structures, a little terminal experience can go a long way, and you might even save a buck or two because of the software allready available on your mac :) (So you don't have to buy an expensive backup app).

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