Looking for an app similar to Dropbox but for local backups

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  1. macrumors member

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    Hi people,

    I am looking for an application that takes care of version control / backups in a similar way than Dropbox does, but which I can set up to work with an external HD or raid directly plugged to my computer. Basically, I want it to keep track of all changes every time I modify and save a file.

    Do you guys know of anything like that?

    Thanks!
     
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    maflynn

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    TimeMachine doesn't work for you? It does nearly everything you mentioned there, other then using a specific folder like dropbox, it backs up your drive.
     
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    Time Machine doesn't do versioning like Dropbox unless your version changes correspond exactly to TM's backup schedule, which is unlikely. The same should be true for Crashplan, it would seem.

    One of the software features of a Synology NAS device is "Cloud Station", which, according to their documentation, will do what you're looking for.

    Synology devices have a lot of other useful capabilities that you can invesitigate for yourself.
     
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    GoodSync for Mac can also save versions

    When creating a backup job you can set the following:
    Save deleted/replaced files, multiple version

    From their help:
    If checked, then GoodSync saves a file just before it rewrites or deletes this file. The file is saved to _gsdata_\_history_ folder on the side of the job where the replacement/deletion is about to occur.
    Timestamp is added to file name before its extension, so that multiple versions of the file can be saved. Directory structure is preserved.
     
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    maflynn

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    I see your point, I mistook the OP's request for versioning to TM's hourly backup. To that end, TM isn't a good fit.
     
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    Thanks guys. I've been revising your options, specially Synology's home office products and GoodSync, but I haven't found their websites very clear (or maybe I'm just slow today).

    From Synology's website:
    Does that mean it will use TimeMachine for Backup instead of their own versioning system on a Mac?


    I've also been looking around more on my own and I have found this: http://git-annex.branchable.com/assistant/ which seems to me like a good option if it does indeed work. Has anyone around here tested it?
     
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    I purchased the 4 year family plan from them about 3 months ago. It's been great. Every machine in my house gets automatically backed up and I don't have to worry about it. Yes the initial backups took time, but now that everything is uploaded it just a matter of updating deltas. Works wonders.
     
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    OK, looks like I misunderstood the OP also. Goodsync just backs up (or syncs) based on a schedule or manually. So that won't help if you're looking to do versioning each time you save. Something would have to be watching folders for that, or you'd need to use some version control software (I use versions which is an SVN client.
     
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    BrianBaughn

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    That's a different Synology feature.

    Synology Cloud Station

    If you want RAID and local Dropbox type syncing and versioning, that's probably it.
     

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