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SkyBell

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Sep 7, 2006
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My eMac runs 10.4.11, and my MacBook 10.6.8. I was wondering if there was a simple solution to getting the two to sync certain folders with each other, so they could have the same content on them without me having to manually move a file added to one machine to the other. A web based solution would work, but if possible I would love some sort of FW or USB based auto-transfer mechanism. Any suggestions are appreciated, though. Thank you!
 

havokalien

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Apr 27, 2006
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External hard drive on a network

Time machine on both machines to an external backup on a hard drive on the network should do it.
 
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Swampus

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Jun 20, 2013
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Carbon Copy Cloner can be used to sync specific folders if we're not talking about files that are still being edited. If you edit a file on one machine, CCC has no way of knowing which one to keep. I tend to save each edit as a new file, so this works for me.

More recently, though, I've been keeping my files, especially works in progress, on a FW HD that I connect to whatever computer I'm in the mood to work on.

NAS (Network Attached Storage) is also very nice. It's like having your own personal cloud.
 
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SkyBell

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Hmm, does Dropbox require constant internet access? Or will it automatically update both machines at the time they gain a connection?
 
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Hmm, does Dropbox require constant internet access? Or will it automatically update both machines at the time they gain a connection?

As long as both machines are registered to the same Dropbox account it will synch them when they regain internet access. At least that has been my experience. I keep a lot of files for work on Dropbox and then when I turn on my iBook G3 it will synch them. This can take a while if the wifi is not supper fast and there are a lot of changes.
 
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BinaryTim

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Mar 29, 2011
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Best option

Possibly your only, and best, option with your older systems is Dropbox. If you haven't given it a try yet, here is some more info (sys. requirements):

Dropbox requirements

Good luck! I love Dropbox, hope it works out for you, too. :)
 
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