Can I create a drobox style syncing cross platform?

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by FlyingTexan, Mar 12, 2017.

  1. FlyingTexan macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2015
    I currently have a 2014 mac mini dual core with 500GB of HD that I use a media machine. Basically it's plugged via HDMI into my yamaha receiver then from there it goes to my 60" 4k. It works great.

    I was a job where I had unlimited dropbox usage but now I've switched companies and I don't have anything. I've been thinking about getting a NAS like the WD mycloud ex2 but I don't know what the performance is like of a NAS. What it can and can't do really. So I've thought that since I have a dual core mac mini sitting there that I could just use that as a server. Really it wouldn't get used all that much but I like the idea of having something a little more future proof.

    I'm a pilot and I'm always on the road traveling, currently in Puerto Rico, and when I work on my laptop I'd like to have a place to save all y info that's safe in the event something happens to my laptop. I'd also like to be able to save photos/videos there as well. My laptop is a Razerblade which is windows based and my phone is an iphone.

    Is there a way to setup my mac mini to be a server so even if not on the home network I can sync a setup folder like I could on dropbox? What software would I need or do you have a guide to point me to? First goal is just to get syncing so that there's a permanent place for storage of my important files.

    I'm looking at getting this and running in raid 1

    Also is it possible to create and have folders on the server that I can access anytime I have internet connection but not be required to hose the files on all computers? For instance if I have a 500GB drive in my laptop but a 4TB dual setup can I keep files on it to pull to my laptop as wanted and not have to fill up this hard drive? I really don't have that much but was curious.

    thank you for any help!
  2. now i see it macrumors 68020

    Jan 2, 2002
    Use iCloud. 0.99/mo 50 GB. Or Dropbox. $9.99/mo 2TB or free for 2GB. Or set up your own website from the hundreds companies that host websites.
  3. Honza1 macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2013
    I use ownCloud. I have permanently running raspberry pi which serves that, but if you have more powerful hardware, it will be even better. ownCloud is limited only by size of your storage and is free. But you have to keep home server running all the time, of course. Or at least have it wake up at convenient times, so clients can sync. Instructions are on the web, just google them.

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