application to sync folders to USB key

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by CrzyCanuck72, Jan 27, 2007.

  1. CrzyCanuck72 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2003
    #1
    Does anyone know of a (stable) freeware application that will automatically sync certain folder to a USB key when it is connected? What I'd like to do is save Word documents onto my Macbook's harddrive, and then have the folders those files are saved in automatically transferred over to my USB key when I connect it.

    TIA
     
  2. panoz7 macrumors 6502a

    panoz7

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2005
    Location:
    Raleigh, NC
    #2
    Unix has a built in file syncing command. It's called rsync and is accessible through the terminal. You can combine it with applescript and create a backup/sync action that fits your situation exactly.
     
  3. CrzyCanuck72 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2003
  4. panoz7 macrumors 6502a

    panoz7

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2005
    Location:
    Raleigh, NC
    #4
    :) neither did I... but I figured it out eventually (minus the applescript part)

    Search around the forum and you'll find a bunch of threads about rsync. There's also some graphical clients for it (I think one's called rsyncx but I'm not positive).

    Here's the first rsync thread that came up. The OP uses an applescript to mount a network drive and then uses rsync to backup all the files. The great thing about rsync is that you can set it up to only backup those files that have changed / been added. It's very powerful.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=186142

    EDIT:

    Here's another thread from a few days ago: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=241175

    And here's another graphical rsync client (this is the one I couldn't think of): http://arrsync.sourceforge.net/

    Hope that helps!
     
  5. CrzyCanuck72 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2003
    #5
    that is great! if only it could run automatically when I connect my USB key though...if anyone else has any ideas, that would be appreciated, but thanks!
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2004
    Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    #6
    I actually wonder if there's a way for Automator to be used for this...it would seem like "on mount" folder actions could be very useful.

    I use RSyncX (as discussed in one of the linked posts). It's not bad... it definitely works quickly, reliably, and easily for things like document transfers. It's a little more problematic for full hard disk backups. It does have a "sync" mode though where it can combine and reconcile two versions of the folder.

    There are a few other apps that are even easier to use but lack the industrial-weight backend of rsync, which have been discussed previously here on MR.

    There's Chronosync (not free).

    Synchronize Folders is a very simple free one, although it seems to have a number of negative comments.

    I've heard of others on MR.... might have to go digging for them.

    The auto on mount seems like an obvious good idea, though.
     

Share This Page