Recommended backup/file sync utility

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ozone, Mar 30, 2006.

  1. ozone macrumors 6502


    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario, Canada
    Hi... my searches are coming up empty. Can anybody recommend a good (or at least free) file backup and document sync utility? For example, if I have 600 MB worth of current documents and files on a USB key that I want to keep sync'd with the folder on myt hard drive.

    Does backup from .mac do this? I'm still pretty new to Mac and getting a bit lost in sync, backup, etc.

  2. pmac macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2004
    I would recommend giving rsync a go. It is operated through the terminal so can be a bit daunting if you're not used to the command line (I'm certainly no expert!) but is actually fairly simple, free (already on your machine) and very quick.

    e.g. you just have to open the terminal and type

    "rsync -vaE ~/Documents/ /Volumes/USBkeyname/Documents/"

    or vice versa or whatever folders you want to sync. It only copies the documents updated since last time so is very fast. It does heaps more powerful stuff but I am a novice.

    Just had a quick look and there is a GUI for osx called rsyncX
    Hope it helps
  3. atmenterprises macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2006
    I vote or Synk Backup. I think it's $25 but it has worked as a wonderful backup option for me.
  4. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA

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