Keeping Files from 2 Macs Synced?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by thriii, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. thriii macrumors 6502

    Feb 14, 2007
    I work from my computer and I would liek to work on my mac pro and on my macbook pro.. the only part i dont understand to well is keeping the files im working on synced together between the 2 macs so i always have the latest version.. how do i do this? The computer is on the same network if that helps any
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    I found the easiest way for me personally way MobileMe. My iPhone mac and pb all work flawlessly. iDisk etc work like a charm.
  3. ntrigue macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    The cheapest solution would be DropBox.

    Google SYM LINK and you can have any changes to a folder come and go through DropBox.
  4. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    i had a powerbook and a emac synced via chronosync. it cost money but i think it was cheap. 30 dollar or so. it allowed me to sync the entire home folder between the macs via my home wifi network. i synced the computers every few hours automatically. it allowed me to exclude movies and such to be synced because that takes time. was quite easy to use, never had a problem. as soon as i have two macs running again i will sync them via chronosync again.
  5. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    I second dropbox. It's brilliant. See my signature.
  6. thriii thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 14, 2007
    thx 4 all the replies! dropbox seems like what im usin for and if not ill try the other 2 solutions :)
  7. AZREOSpecialist macrumors 68020


    Mar 15, 2009
  8. uberamd macrumors 68030


    May 26, 2009
    I second MobileMe. From Amazon you can get it for about $60, or $5 a month. It syncs silently and I depend on it daily to keep my work available on any of my Mac's whenever I need it.
  9. weeag macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2005
    I have the exact same issue and I LIVE by SyncTwoFolders - It's FREE and it's awesome!
  10. TonyK macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2009
    Under Windows I used BeyondCompare and it works. But no OS X version. So moving from Windows to OS X at home, I spent a LOT of time hunting and trying. What I found was CrhonoSync @

    This allows me to sync 2 computers and 2 external drives via saved scripts. It is easy to use and does the job.

    Take care,
  11. TonyK macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2009
    DropBox may be great but I'm a paranoid, especially with confidential information. The solution DropBox uses is Cloud computing. Anyone who uses GMail is using a form of Cloud computing.

    There are several different solutions one can do with Cloud computing. DropBox reminds me of Windows briefcase and I remember how well that did not work, at least for me.

    With Cloud computing the user has to also take in to account how well protected the data is, how well and often the data is backed up and universal access with mobile devices.

    DropBox is not entirely free. Here is DropBox's pricing guide located @ The "free" plan includes 2GB of space and for a lot of people that is enough.

    Again, being paranoid, I either have to keep 2 copies or trust the DropBox version will be available 100% of the time. That is why I manage my files myself, but besides being paranoid, I'm also anal. An anal paranoid; trust me, it is not a pretty picture. :D

    For Apple users, the .Mac accounts are the easiest but not the cheapest solution. There is a program to turn one's GMail account in to a .Mac "like" account for file storage.

    There is SkyDrive for the cost of a HotMail/MSN Live Account and if memory serves me right, it is 25GB. All other comments about backups and cloud computing apply.

    Take care,

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