Automatically copy files to external drive?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by idyll, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. idyll macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    Is it possible to have all files / folders that are added to a specified folder be automatically copied over to a specified folder on an external hard drive?
  2. boast macrumors 65816


    Nov 12, 2007
    Phoenix, USA
    How good are your programming skills?

    You can create an Applescript to trigger when the external drive is connected and then use rsync to transfer the files over.
  3. idyll thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    Programming skills are nonexistant :(

    Are there any apps that might do this for me?
  4. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    You can easily do this with an Automator folder action. Automator is a preinstalled application for creating workflows. No programming skills required, just a bit of creative thinking. You can actually attach such workflows to folders, which are then executed whenever something is added.

    Just start the application, select “Folder Action”, specify the folder in which you will put your files, drag the action “Copy Finder Items” to the right side, specify the target folder. Then you just save it with a name of your choice. Now when you add anything to that folder, this action will be started in the background and copy all the files you add to the folder on your external disk.

    You can manage existing folder actions with the application “Folder Actions Setup”, which is located in /System/Library/CoreServices.
  5. raymanster macrumors 6502


    Feb 13, 2008
    You could try a piece of software called Hazel, that's what I use to auto copy files from volume to volume. For example I use it to copy monthly receipts and statements I download to a specified folder and then add them to Evernote.

    It also does a lot more then that, check it out:
  6. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    The easiest way to get this done is to "train yourself to do it".
    Make it part of your routine...
  7. hfg macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA

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