Dropbox alternative?

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  1. thriii macrumors 6502

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    Hello! I have 3 computers, a mac pro, macbook pro, and a macbook air.

    The macbook pro syncs personal info to the mac pro through dropbox, and I do my work on my mac pro and macbook air.. I would like to sync my web development folders through dropbox between my mac pro and my macbook air but I dont want personal stuff on my macbook air. So it would be something like this:

    Mac Pro <---------> Personal Data <---------> Macbook Pro
    Mac Pro <---------> Work Data <---------> Macbook Air


    Is there any alternative that will allow me to sync personal files between my macbook pro and mac pro almost exactly like dropbox so I can use dropbox for my work?
     
  2. jahala macrumors regular

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    I was looking for the same thing recently and found spider oak. https://spideroak.com/ I have not tried it yet since dropbox meets my needs for now. Good luck.
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can still do this with Dropbox. Just create a sub-folder called "Dropbox Work" that you share between your Mac Pro and MBA. Then create another sub-folder called "Dropbox Personal" that you share between the Mac Pro and your MBP. You don't have to share your entire Dropbox folder with every computer.
     
  4. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    This is my recommendation as well. I believe you can only "share" folders through accounts (not machines)... so I believe you would need to create 3 Dropbox accounts if you want to make sure there is no contamination on the two laptops. Personal, Work, and Consolidated.

    /Jim
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Not true. You can have a "master" Dropbox account, with as many sub-folders as you like. You can share each of these folders with anyone you invite. If you want to restrict someone from access, you don't invite them.
     
  6. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    But this is one person, with one account. So if the OP uses that "one" account on the MBA (as example), then he will be able to see both the work and the personal data on that computer. The OP wants to see only the work data, and NOT the work data on that computer.

    So if his master account was his Mac Pro... then he would need to invite a second "account" to see just the work data, and a third "account" to see just the personal data.

    Am I wrong?

    /Jim
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I see what you're saying now. Yes, you're right. You would use different email addresses (one for work, one for personal, etc.) for each Dropbox account.
     
  8. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    Try SugarSync. I believe it can do this for you.
     
  9. robgendreau macrumors 68030

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    I've used SpiderOak and and like it; you have more control than with Dropbox and the prices are very reasonable.

    Sugar Sync is also quite nice. I use all three, and frankly don't know how I'd get by without them.

    rob
     
  10. waynep, Dec 28, 2011
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    waynep macrumors 6502

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    OP: You can do what you want with Dropbox. There is an option called Selective Sync. I have a single dropbox account that I have installed on several machines, one being my wife's MBP. I have her Dropbox instance configured to only show a couple folders on her machine.

    Make a Work folder and a Personal folder. On the Dropbox preferences on the MBP and the Air, use the Selective Sync preference to make the correct folder visible on each machine.
     
  11. Big Bad D macrumors regular

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    Sugar Sync can do this through Manage Sync Folders. Simply select which folders you want synchronised for each computer.
     
  12. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    Brilliant!!! I never knew this option existed. Thank you

    /Jim
     
  13. t0rr3s macrumors 6502

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    For sheer simplicity, ease of use and reliability, Dropbox leaves the competition trailing in its wake.
     
  14. maflynn Moderator

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    Agreed - it does exactly what the OP is asking. It works very easily and syncs my data across my computers
     
  15. thriii thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I went with SugarSync for personal and Dropbox for work :) thanks for the replies! SugarSync has been great so far
     

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