Reliable folder syncing app needed...

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by DarthHill, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. DarthHill macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2011
    I have several Macs joined to a Windows Active Directory Domain and the home folders are set to use a Windows Storage Server NAS device.

    I use Mobile Accounts and the syncing to keep my Desktops and Documents folders in sync across all machines. Performance isn't great and I often get failures. Most of the time those failures are because Mavericks somehow "loses" its network mounts. Using SMB is very poor, AFP slightly better. I'm not sure whether it the NAS box or Mavericks that is the issue, but either way I am stuck with this setup as an Open Directory based solution is not an option.

    The question is, has anyone had any good experiences with a third-party sync app that would perform these sync tasks. I have used Get Backup 2 and while it is great for a one-way backup sync solution I get failures when trying to do 2-way sync across multiple machines. SyncFolders Pro was also a non-starter as it couldn't sync my Aperture Vaults and also failed losing the network mounts.

    Ideally I would like an app that can mount the network itself and close it after every sync. That would seem to be the best way to avoid the situation I have now where for whatever reason the existing Home network mounts seem to fail after being open for a time.

    Anyone have any good experiences with another app that they could share?
  2. davidlv macrumors 65816

    Apr 5, 2009
    Kyoto, Japan

    I have had good results using SyncTwoFolders on my local LAN.
    I don't know that it will work with your setup, but it may.
    The interface, at first, is a little difficult to grasp. Once you have it set up, it is very easy to use.
    Once you have a share mounted, and set up a source and destination folder on the top level, click the astericks-like button down on the right to show a list of set up syncs, then the "+" sign after the "Last settings" button, that gives you the choice of a name for that sync operation, and puts that sync in the list to the right, which you can use later, either alone or as part of a batch operation.
    I have only used the "Source replaces target" option but there are 2 others.
    This software works, even with Mavericks, and seems very solid. It's free or maybe Donationware, anyway I think I will make a donation soon as it hasn't even hiccuped once since I started using it.
    Your prospective usage is a bit more demanding, so it may not work as well for you .....:cool:

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