Free File Synchronisation Software

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by AJP123, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. AJP123 macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone,

    I'd like some recommendations on MAC OSX freeware I can use to keep my USB stick and my Dropbox synchronised, so any edits or deletions on either file storage mechanism is mirrored on the other.

    Extra features wishlist, in priority:
    • Scheduled Analyses and Synchronises
    • Warn if more than x% of one side has been changed
    • Easy-to-use GUI
    • Windows compatible

    Thanks guys, and forgive me if this topic has been done before. I searched for it, and couldn't find anything.

    God bless,
    Andy.
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    You could use Carbon Copy Cloner (donation ware) to sync your DB folder to the USB key at scheduled intervals.

    I'm not sure what you mean by Windows compatible though? If you format the USB key as FAT32 that could be read by a Windows machine.
     
  3. ozaz macrumors 65816

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    I did a search for free folder sync software a couple of year ago and this is all I came up with.

    http://synkron.sourceforge.net/
    http://www.dirsyncpro.org/index.html
    http://capivara.sourceforge.net/

    I didn't realize that carbon copy cloner could do folder synchronisation. I always thought of it as a disk cloning tool.

    I didn't really like any of the free options I found and also decided that file syncing was such a crucial task that I was willing to go for a paid app.

    I went for GoodSync. I can't remember why I chose it over Chronosync which seems to be the most popular for this task.

    By the way, I also don't understand what you mean by "windows compatible"
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Yep. It does. I use it to copy my Documents folder to a thumb drive when I plug it in.
     
  5. AJP123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hmmm, will try Carbon Copy Cloner (since it's free :p). Sorry, should have been more specific, I meant something that's cross-platform with Windows, with obvious GUI alterations.

    I loved Goodsync when I used the windows version, maybe I'll try it on mac, and perhaps buy it. I agree, free file sync programs are lacking.
     

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