Automatically Sync folder to NAS

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  1. MattZani macrumors 68030

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    I've setup a NAS and have copied my Parents iTunes library to it (just the music not the library files etc) so that they can play it via Plex without a Mac being on.

    If this was a desktop I'd just put the entire iTunes folder on the NAS and be done with it. However it's a laptop and they go away with it a lot, where I want the iTunes library to still be accessible.

    Basically, I want something that checks the local iTunes music folder, and copies over any changes.

    All I can think of is CarbonCopyCloner but it seems a bit OTT for just one folder and pricey. Everything else I can find seems to be for a sync not just duplication or it's not automated etc.

    Does anyone have some thoughts? Needs to be fairly simple/happen in the background so that they don't have to think about it.
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    http://www.bombich.com/download.html

    You cloud use the older and still free 3.4.7 version of CCC for this. It has not been updated for OS compatibility, but that is more related to system level files. For just copying some music like you want it should work fine.
     
  3. melbri macrumors member

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  4. tobiasvdp macrumors newbie

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    sometimes nas systems have their own solution, synology for instance has cloudstation, so that the files could always be kept in sync... which nas do you use?
     
  5. melbri macrumors member

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    I have two DNS-345 and work fine for playing media on my WD. Not sure if it has its own backup/sync software, but I did want something to sync with my mac as well and GoodSync was the best and simplest to use, that I found.
     
  6. MattZani thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I forgot about the previous version of CCC, will probably use that.
     
  7. awair macrumors regular

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    Two choices:

    1. Setup a sync service on the Mac, to run in the background, using one of many sync/backup/archive utilities, or

    2. Setup a sync service FROM the NAS, allowing access via FTP on the Mac. QNAP NAS have this feature, but setting up FTP Server might be overkill?

    Best option might be to look for a desktop sync app, that has 'Watched Folders' or similar feature When anything changes in the specified folder, sync activates in the background.
     

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