Best way to keep MBA synced with desktop computer?

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  1. sanPietro98 macrumors 6502a

    sanPietro98

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    I just bought a MacBook Air (eagerly awaiting shipment), and since most people view the MBA as a "companion" to a desktop computer...

    I'm looking for an easy (hopefully automated) and effective way to keep files on the MBA and my desktop Mac in sync. I realize that with the limited disk space on the MBA, I can't (and don't want to) sync everything, just certain folders/files.

    I have a .Mac account, but I find iDisk to be incredibly slow.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. n0de macrumors 6502

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    I use .Mac for keeping my address book and calendar in sync and Dropbox (getdropbox.com) for files.

    Dropbox is near real time assuming both systems are connected to the intertubes.

    I do have .Mac set for manual sync because there is something in it's sync app that goes a bit nuts when the system is off-line.
     
  3. Mhaddy macrumors 6502

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    I have a PowerMac and the MBA as my "companion" -- I use ChronoSync to keep them both synced up. Never had a problem, easy to use and set-up -- best software purchase I've ever made (save for Leopard!).
     
  4. sanPietro98 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's helpful, and ChronoSync looks like it will fit my needs. So do you tend to use it in an "automated" fashion or do you sync it manually?

    Thanks for the advice.
     
  5. Mhaddy macrumors 6502

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    ChronoSync can do both automated and manual syncing. I use automated overnight for backup purposes and manual when transferring between PM and MBA. I also utilize its trial sync feature to test what is being transferred before actually doing it, just to be sure what's being overwritten. You will also want to make sure of its archiving feature where when files are overwritten or deleted, it'll make a version of that file in a separate directory for retrieval purposes later.
     
  6. smaug macrumors newbie

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    Try FolderShare. It's automatic and it's got a bunch of other stuff, even if it is from Microsoft.
     
  7. pbkiller macrumors regular

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    Never heard before of Microsoft's FolderShare. Pretty cool stuff, and its free!:)
     
  8. glitch44 macrumors 65816

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    just a heads up-- i believe with FolderShare both computers need to be turned on for the sync to happen.
     
  9. neven macrumors 6502a

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    I've been using Dropbox for a few months and it's fantastic. Automatic, background, near-real-time sync, with a web interface for your files. Oh, it also does full version control of all the files it syncs, so it's also an awesome backup system.

    5 GB storage, free, currently available by invite. PM me if you need one.
     
  10. glitch44 macrumors 65816

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    5 GB? Why is my dropbox only 2 GB?
     
  11. neven macrumors 6502a

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    Perhaps you got in earlier (or later) than I did. 5 GB was what I got.

    If you ask really nicely on their support forum (or email them), they'll increase your storage to whatever you want. Just explain why you need more space. They're looking for beta testers with large synced folders.
     
  12. sanPietro98 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    If I hookup a USB Drive to an Airport Extreme, can both computers mount this drive simultaneosly? If so, ChronoSync should be perfect.

    Is this possible?

    Thanks.
     
  13. neven macrumors 6502a

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    Yes. I don't know if the rest of your setup will work, but all the computers on the network can mount AirDrives at the same time.
     
  14. naftalim macrumors 6502

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    what are the benefits of services like Dropbox over .Mac, Back to my Mac?
     
  15. pbkiller macrumors regular

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    Hmm... Im still trying to figure it out. But let's see. Either way, its a great way to move items to & from 2 computers... Would like to give DropBox a try though, still got no invitation....:(
     
  16. neven macrumors 6502a

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    - It's free
    - It works much faster and it's much more reliable than iDisk
    - You can invite other people to your shared folders (if you're collaborating on a project, for instance)
    - You can very, very easily make shared files public and get their public URLs right in Finder
    - You get version control (all versions of all your files are saved; like Time Machine, only even more granular).
    - You can install the sync client on Windows PCs and Macs (and soon, Linux)

    .Mac, of course, gives you plenty more - email, syncing of data beyond pure folders, publishing from iLife apps, etc. And with the recent rumors of a .Mac restructuring, it might make Dropbox a less convincing offering. But for now, Dropbox is extremely simple, reliable, and awesome at what it does.
     
  17. admanimal macrumors 68040

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    If anyone has any extra Dropbox invites, I would love one...
     
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    .Mac for keeping the calandar, contacts, etc in sync.

    Chronosync for keeping my documents folder in sync.
     
  19. Dataslave macrumors newbie

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    Try out SugarSync with their 45 day trial. I've been using it for months to sync my PC desktop and my Air and its been a fantastic experience.

    http://www.sugarsync.com
     
  20. gametime10 macrumors regular

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    Another vote here for Dropbox... I've been playing with it and it works great. There are invites being handed out in the Marketplace forum.
     
  21. sanPietro98 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What are the speeds like for Sugar Sync? I also like the fact that it has online backup. I've been using mozy.com for a while for offsite backup. They have unlimited storage, but they're Mac support works, but is still pretty buggy.
     

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