Best File Synchronization Software?

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  1. geppert macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2004
    London, Ontario
    What is the best file/folder synchronization software?

    Basically I need simple folder syncro with a large amount of files. No timed backups are needed just basic manual sync.

    I've seen Folders Syncro ($40), Synchronizer ProX($99) etc., but just want some more feedback before I buy something. I'm not sure for the manual backup I do that I have to get expensive multifeatured software?

    Is simple Folder Synchronization a basic process that any of these packages do equally? Is the extra software expense usually for timing and server related features??

    Thanks in advance
  2. madforrit macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2002
    Berkeley, CA
    I recently got Synchronize X Plus ($30), and it has worked well. I think it should serve your needs pretty well (download the trial and see!). But there might be something cheaper out there...
  3. Champale macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2004
    Chicago, USA
    Here's what I use

    I've had good luck with You Synchronize. Macworld gave it a good review. Best of all, for paranoids like me, it lets me check a list of what files are going to be deleted, copied, and moved. Plus there's an option to archive any files it deletes.

    They may have a promotion going on now, come to think of it.
  4. blodwyn macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    Portland, Oregon
    I've been using SYNK with good success. Real easy to set up and has a scheduler too
  5. HighTopFade macrumors regular


    Jul 7, 2010
    Daly City

    What is currently the best synchronization software?
  6. bmcgonag macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2007
    Depending on the number and size of the files you are trying to sync, then Dropbox is a great (possibly free) alternative. It will sync across multiple platforms, as well as to the web. 2GB free.

    I use it and it's awesome.
  7. glashoppah macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2010
    And of course there's rsync, built right into the OS.

  8. bmcgonag macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2007
    RSync is great, but I would definitely call it an advanced user setup.
  9. petvas macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    I use Chronosync. It works great, offers a scheduler (which apparently you don't need) and has a lot of customization options.
  10. hayesk macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2003
    I'll second Chronosync - it's great. And spend the extra $10 on the Agent and put it on the remote Mac. You'd be amazed at how much faster it is than using Apple's File Sharing.

    Before I got Chronosync Agent - my daily incremental backup would take 45 minutes. After I got the agent it went down to 3. It really highlights how inefficient Apple file sharing is for moving large numbers of files around.
  11. RussellD macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2011
    You Synchronize Works

    I have used You Synchronize for a long time and have confidence in it. I have recently started using it to synchronise my hard drive with my iDisk and it even works there. Although it may not be for sale any more. They have some licensing problem. Worth looking for.

    Retrospect Express is much faster for backups. Probably thousands of times faster, but it does not seem to be able to connect to an iDisk at all. Brilliant for local drives. Transmit works but it relies on modification date only so can appear confused.

    I hope this helps.
  12. asdfx3 macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2010
    Backuplist+, which uses rsync.
    Unison is good though it's meant for two-way sync and will be slower if one of the folders is on the network.

    Both are free and pretty much click and run IMO.
  13. itai macrumors member

    May 17, 2011
    Bumping again.

    Any preferred program these days? I have been using Sugarsync and I am extremely disappointed with them. I plan to switch to something else, so any recommendation would be highly appreciated.

  14. Nikh macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2010
    Hi. Have you tried Carbon Copy Cloner? Actually, it is backup software, but you can select which folders to copy, and copying destination. Seems to be enough for manual sync.
    And, it is totally free.
  15. fkhan3 macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2010
    Synk works really well for me. It is bit more expensive than other programs out there. I have multiple machines and I sync large amounts of data between them. I also keep my iTunes and Zinio library synchronized across my MBP and MBA, it works extremely well.

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