Looking to duplicate iMac to MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Ucla74, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. Ucla74 macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2009
    I use my 24" iMac and my MacBook pro interchangeably. I am looking for a way to maintain near-identical synchronization between the desktop and the laptop--preferably via network connection rather than Firewire.

    Can I dump my Time Machine backup from the iMac to the MBP, or do I need some other 3rd party app? I'm not so concerned about email and contacts (I use Gmail) or bookmarks (Xmarks), as I am applications and settings, as well as documents.
  2. iGrant macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2006
    Might want to look into ChronoSync, its the closest thing I can find that will do what you want to do.

    Here is an article on how to do what you want . . . I think:

    Home-To-Home Sync

  3. Ucla74 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2009
    Thanks for the link. Unfortunately, I can't see that this confirms what I most want to know: If I add an app to my desktop, will the sync install the app on my laptop? I'm simply trying to avoid multiple downloads/installs of the same software.

    Obviously, syncing documents, contacts, etc., is pretty easy; it would seem that Time Machine could be used for what I want to do, if it will recognize more than one computer for restore purposes.

    EDIT: A closer reading of the linked page more or less confirms that what I want to do is a Bad Idea. So, Synergy for the win!

    Thanks again for the reply!


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