Best Mac File Synch Program?

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  1. Huntn macrumors G5

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    I've been using Synk. It is $45/60 depending on what version you purchase. And a little less to upgrade. I have the Standard version and am thinking about upgrading to Synk v7, however, I don't really need to at this point and I'm wondering what do you all use?

    Most important features for me:
    1. Foward, backward, or pure synch between two master folders.
    2. Deletion synch
    3. Omitting certain files from being synched.

    And maybe it's a tradeoff between price and features, but who knows. My perspective is that $60 for a file synch program is on the steep side.
    Thanks!
     
  2. snail2go, Mar 19, 2011
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    snail2go macrumors newbie

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    Not sure? But sounds interesting!

    I have no recommendations for you persay.

    Just saw the post, looked at Synk, wondered what it does - or more specifically (because I read the website) - what do you use it for? What does it do for you?
    Looks cool.

    EDIT:
    I mean, I know you've said what you meant, but on what scale is this talking?
    Are you doing this as backups of folders? Synchronization of computers?
     
  3. davidlv macrumors 65816

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    I use the free application Silverkeeper, it takes some setup, but can do most of what you seem to need. Make sure you check the Options dialog box and turn on "Copy set to folder". Be careful if you have it set up to erase files in the target folder, until you know you have it set up correctly. As with any powerful tool, improper use can be dangerous. Best advice, backup before you try it.
    Once it is set up correctly and you understand how to use it, it can save a lot of time.
    http://www.lacie.com/silverkeeper/
     
  4. Sirolway macrumors 6502

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    I use ChronoSync - it does everything I need it to and seems fast & reliable
     
  5. James Craner macrumors 68000

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    You don't say what you are trying to sync, but if it only documents then you might want to take a look at dropbox, which allows you to sync your files with all of your devices (including iOS devices), and also gives you rollback ability to go back to a prior saved version. Dropbox is free up to 2GB of storage, but more free storage can be added by getting other people to sign up to the service.

    www.dropbox.com
     
  6. Huntn thread starter macrumors G5

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    Synchronization of file/folders on different computers.

    Thank you. I'll check it out.

    Thank you. I'll check it out. Free, shareware, or retail?

    Thank you. Free, shareware, or retail?

    I have drop box, but I've resisted relying on the cloud to store/synch my files. I may consider it again. Are there one-way backups or is it strictly two way synchronization? And does it keep deletions synchronized? Thanks!
     
  7. neko girl macrumors 6502a

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    @Huntn, how much data are you looking at syncing?
     
  8. Jolly Giant macrumors 6502a

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    it's commercial, alright, but there is a trial version ...
     
  9. James Craner macrumors 68000

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    Dropbox will Sync everything in the folder(s) that you want to Sync. It is multiple way sync. Change a file on your MBP and it will Sync to say your MP and visa versa. If you delete a file on one device it will delete it on all devices. However it also keeps a history of all the recent changes, so if you have an oops moment you can go back and recover it. Dropbox also allows you to share folders with others or give them an e-mail link to download a single file. I have used Dropbox to manage all my documents for about 2 years now, never had a problem with it. I would say it is one of those must have apps. Dropbox is also cross platform so you can use it on a windows PC as well.
     
  10. techpr macrumors 6502

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    I use ChronoSync to schedule backups and do everything you need.
    http://www.econtechnologies.com/pages/cs/chrono_overview.html
     
  11. Huntn thread starter macrumors G5

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    Update: With Sierra, Synk stopped working. I spoke with the Dev (Decimus) and they said they were beta testing a Sierra compatible version, but had no idea when it would be available (which I thought was a little strange) and offered to allow me to use the version being beta tested.

    Instead, I purchased SyncMate, which works well, except you may have to figure out how to synch items that are not between your Mac to a mounted device, such as mounted drive to mounted drive. Yes, there is a way. You pick one of the the mounted drives as the other devices, and then for the Mac, you open it's menu and there you can choose the other mounted device.
     

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