Sync files from Mac to Mac

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  1. themacguy12 macrumors regular


    Nov 18, 2006
    Murfreesboro, TN
    Hello all!

    I am a graphic designer at a small business (3 designers) and I am looking for a better way to access our design files.

    We have a PowerMac G5 (running 10.5 Leopard) as a file server. With gigabit ethernet and a 2TB RAID 0 setup, accessing the server's files are quick and easy.

    But, the question I have lies outside the local network. Since I am a freelance designer, I am not always at the office. I am looking for the best solution to access the server's files quickly, to upload and download new and existing files.

    The office and my apartment has Comcast 50Mbps down, and 10Mbps up. So, I am limited to about 10Mbps. I can access the files via AFP, but it is very slow. even opening a folder takes up to 30 seconds.

    The whole design folder for the project I want to sync is 58GB and growing.

    The solution I am using now is this: I bought an external hard drive and an app called Chronosync. Everyday I sync the files from the server to the external hard drive and it takes about 15 to 20 minutes. Then, when I'm done working, I sync again and it takes another 15-20 minutes.

    What I wish I could get is it to work like Dropbox, where it automatically syncs when there are changes, but that would get expensive quickly buying extra storage.

    I looked into something called sparkle share, but it won't run on the PowerMac G5.

    Thoughts or suggestions?
  2. mw360 macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    A 100 GB Dropbox account is not expensive and will give you exactly what you need.
  3. themacguy12 thread starter macrumors regular


    Nov 18, 2006
    Murfreesboro, TN
    Well, that 58GB folder is only one of our clients. The whole set of files for our company exceeds 250GB.

    Since this is only my problem, I would have to pay out of pocket for a solution.
  4. 1911 macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2008
    Take a look at the Synology Disk Stations. its like DropBox, but you maintain control of your files on your premises. I had the same dilemma you explained. Cloud Station is included with Synology, it works on Mac, Windows, Android, and iOS. I made one up front purchase, but have no monthly online storage fees and no storage size restrictions.
    I've been using Cloud Station for about a year, its like an Apple product, It just works.
  5. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    I don't think the OP is in charge of purchases for the business where he's located (freelance). I'm assuming he takes everything he owns with him when he leaves.

    The way he's doing it now is probably the best solution. Even then he's probably bogging down their network when he does his syncing.

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