Is there a way to easily synchronize folders?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by RHMMMM, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. RHMMMM macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2005
    I have several folders backed up on an external firewire drive that is not always connected. Is there software or a way within OS X or Automator, etc. to easily synchronize the folder on my PowerBook with the one on the external drive without re-rewriting the entire folder and subfolders?
  2. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
  3. RHMMMM thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2005
    Great! Thanks, I appreciate it - I'll have to try it when I get home.
  4. lexfuzo macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2005
    The heart of Europe
    If you aren't afraid of the command-line, you can try rsync:
    man rsync
    in Terminal to read the manual and decide if it's for you.
  5. yenko macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2005
    Try this Link:
  6. Tomaz macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2004
  7. superbovine macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003
  8. HardyH macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2009
  9. aka201 macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2011
    i just stumbled upon this topic via google.
    i would recommend arRsync - - as a GUI for rsync - if you do not want to go to the command line yourself
  10. Doc69 macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2005
    Software that can clone/synchronize folders?

    I'm also looking for a software that can clone/synchronize folders, including incremental synchronizations after the initial backup is made. I've been using Retrospect 6.1 for years, but apparently the latest version 8 does not have this "Duplicate Folders" function, or the incremental backup function doesn't work very well. And with 10.7 approaching, I need to look for an alternative.

    I sometimes use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone full disks, but I haven't found a way to make it clone folders. CCC would work if it could do the same thing for folders as for full disks. Maybe I just haven't been able to figure out how to do it?

    Also, I need the ability to save used paths so that I can easily switch between the many folder synchronization backups that I perform regularly.

    I'm not comfortable with using command line.

    Someone recommended Synchronize Pro, but I don't want to spend $100. $50 is more reasonable.
  11. Doc69 macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2005
    Intego Backup Express

    I hadn't looked in the App Store for a while, but after searching again today, I found a brand new software from Intego called Intego Backup Express. It's only $9.99 and does exactly what I was looking for. You can synchronize any two folders and easily save your own 'Preset' scripts. You can also do backups, where you save multiple version of a file as well as set up scheduling. It also has plenty of options and the interface is very Mac like, i.e. clean and intuitive.

    The only thing I haven't figured out if it can do yet, is how to set criteria for what constitutes a changed file, i.e. date, name, attributes etc.

    I feel very lucky today to have found this app. I have been looking for a replacement to Retrospect 6.1 for a couple of years now. And today I found it!!
  12. Jagardn macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2011
    I use rsync also, probably not advised for those who don't do well with the command line.
    I have mine setup pretty nice actually, I used an rsync script and it is set to run every hour through lanunchd. My plist file also has it set to Low Priority Mode as to not effect any of my user processes.
    Like Time Machine now that I have done my work on the front end, I never have to do anything for my remote backups.
  13. davidlv macrumors 65816

    Apr 5, 2009
    Kyoto, Japan
    Second that vote for Silverkeeper. Make sure you have the "Copy set to folder" option checked. Then set the source folder in the left pane and the destination as one level above the destination folder on the Destination disk. That should synk the folders. Look at the options for deleting files not in the source folder too!
    Silverkeeper is powerful software, but if you are not careful you can be at risk for data loss.
  14. tomllama macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2007
    I've been using Chronosync for the last couple years. It's easy to use and works well.

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