keeping files in sync

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by tfannon, Jul 4, 2012.

  1. tfannon macrumors newbie

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    Is there any software for keeping file in sync between a mac and a pc? i got the Mac Air w/512 SSD. I was thinking about keeping all my music and pictures synced up with my mothership PC.

    I use sugarsync to keep certain items synced across devices but that is expensive to get > 30gb. Any programs out there that keep things synced across a LAN?

    Thank you.
     
  2. Redbull916 macrumors member

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    iTunes Match sorts out the music, so I just sync my files and I use dropbox Pro.

    I've tried both Microsoft SkyDrive (kept missing files - known issue on web) and Google Drive (known issue with the software as it uses 4% CPU when inactive and 160%!! when moving files).

    Dropbox Pro is quite expensive, but works perfectly across my Mac, PC, iPhone and iPad.
     
  3. asting macrumors 6502

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    Don't use Google Drive. The EULA they have is absolutely ridiculous, and requires that any file that is stored on their server becomes Google property.
    I love my android phone, but I fear google.

    When I had my Dell Mini Hackintosh I used a dropbox stored on a common drive which synced on both Windows 7 and OSX.
     
  4. theSeb macrumors 604

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    rsync. You use it from the command line in the Terminal app

    http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/using_rsync_keep_your_files_sync_0
     
  5. ixodes macrumors 601

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    If you fear Google you shouldn't be using the Internet. At least they're honest & open about it.

    You owe it to yourself to take responsibility & read the TOC & privacy policies of any cloud service. After you have, you'll probably realize they're all about the same.

    Privacy? Sorry, too late. Cloud or not. You're already using a Mac.

    If you bought it new, they've already got your name & address. If you think you can trust Apple... think again.

    If you don't believe it, enjoy being in denial. It doesnt matter it's too late anyway. You have no say in the matter. It's just a fact no matter what anyone chooses to believe.
     
  6. bit density macrumors 6502

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  7. asting macrumors 6502

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    This is blatantly false and near conspiracy theory levels. A lot of information is used for marketing by nearly every company, but google is by far the worst. They are not the same, and Google drive is much worse than either the windows or Dropbox solution (information coming from their EULA's).
    Google is particularly bad, and track your searches and even everything typed into google chrome. I'm not delusional enough to think my life matters that much to them, but I "opt" out of some of their tracking.
     
  8. ixodes macrumors 601

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    No need to overreact. Nor misinterpret my post.
    I did _not_ say they're all the same.
    Nor am I here to argue.
    Believe as you like... it's your personal info anyway.
     
  9. asting macrumors 6502

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    Maybe you're misunderstanding my tone. I'm not upset, but this is a pretty clear, non-subjective topic. Google's EULA is far worse:
    None of the other EULA's are anywhere near as aggressive or have clauses like that.
     
  10. stevelam macrumors 65816

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    if you can, just put all your music in the cloud. either itunes service or google music which is free. i don't store any music on my laptop or iphone and just stream it all from the cloud. for pictures, why not just upload them to a private photo site? (unless of course you're worried about privacy and such)
     
  11. ixodes macrumors 601

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    First for clarification, I'm not advocating for any company or entity.

    I prefer to take the time to read the EULA's Terms Of Service, Privacy Policies et al, before I use any site, service, cloud, etc. Therefore I have already read them.

    I'm not suggesting you haven't. I respect your opinion, I'm simply stating my take on the subject.

    Personally, my choice (long ago) was to setup two very robust, comprehensive properly backed up home networks. One is a closed loop network, not connected to the Internet. That's where all my personal data resides. Backups are kept off site. The second, is a connected network that is as secure as possible and only contains working non mission critical data. I limit my use of the Internet & cloud services to casual use for convenience only. Files that are neither essential nor the only copy.
     

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