Ok here’s my mess:
a win xp at work
a macbook pro os x 10.5.8 at work,
a macbook pro os x 10.5.8 at home,
transport files with a USB drive.
all document files. No media.
Everything fits easily on the 4 GB flash drive.
All four drives have some files the others do not.
All four drives have different versions of the same files. All four drives have old back-upped folders.
First: how do I get one clean folder of nothing but the latest version of each file?
I could drag files from each sub-folder into a common folder and deal with the error messages about older and newer files of the same name --
Is there an easier, much quicker, and safer way?
Second, once this is done:
is dropbox the best solution to keep all four drives in sync from now on?
Any suggested workflow or experience with the same need is welcome.
I've had to deal with stuff like this, and drop box is a great way of dOing it, one account gets synced across all computers. Even better is mobile me, which will sync email inboxs, calendars, settings, Internet bookmarks, and gives y
Being an Apple product pro gets me a free me subscription, so I also use both, and the iDisk and drop box seem to be fairly similar in speed.... oh well if the consensus favours drop box and 2GB is good enough then it would appear to be the tool of choice. Good luck!
Take a look at Chronosync from Econ. http://www.econtechnologies.com/
It will compare any two containers (folders, discs) at a time. You can have both containers update or only one. You could set up an empty container - a file folder - and do one-way synchs into it. Repeat for each original folder you have. You can do trial synchs to see what it will do before committing. You have an option to archive files replaced by newer ones, just in case. I've been using this software for years and it has performed very well.