Best way to sync files between Macs?

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  1. hokiepokie07 macrumors 6502a

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    I have searched and searched, and can't find the best answer for this question. What is the best way to sync files between Macs? I have two Macs in my house, and am wondering the best way to sync files between them? For example, when I make a change to document A on my laptop, I would like it to make the same change on my Desktop.

    Thanks for any and all advice.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Just turn on File Sharing from System Preferences -> Sharing and add your HD there and you can then see it from your other Mac and access the files
     
  3. spinnerlys Guest

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    Apple Script or rsync or even ChronoSync, the last one was easy to find though.

    And "best" depends on your level of knowledge and commitment and how easy or how modifiable you want to have the synching service.
     
  4. hokiepokie07 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, but that doesn't truly sync the way I am thinking it should. For instance, I downloaded a program to sync my ical and bookmarks, so whenever I make a change on one computer, the same change occurs on the other one.

    Plus, this way all the computers must be on at the same time in order for it to work.
     
  5. CrzyCanuck72 macrumors 6502a

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    Dropbox can do exactly what you want, for small files (eg. Documents).

    I use it to keep Documents folders on my MacBook and Hackintoshed Dell Mini in sync. If I make a change to document A on one computer it is instantly synced to my Dropbox, and then back to the Documents folder on the other computer. If I'm not connected to the internet and make a change, it is synced back as soon as I connect. The files exist on the computers' local drives, not in the cloud, so if anything should happen to either computer, or Dropbox itself, the files are safe.

    I've been using this system for about 2 months, and so far it has been flawless.

    Check out this link for info on how to set it up: http://www.pxc.me.uk/misc/dropbox_mac_use.html

    ETA: Here is my referral link for Dropbox - please use it to sign up as it gives me extra space! https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTEyNjYyMjM5
     
  6. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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