Working on Projects With Two Computers

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by energyboy, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. energyboy macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2014
    Any suggestions as to how to manage all projects on two computers without having to make duplicates and having to update files on another when is completed or revised?

    My best solution so far is having everything stored on a 2TB external by Seagate (Backup Plus Slim) and have all working files on that and just connect/disconnect when switching computers. I don't like to use the MacBook too often as heat is a major issue when rendering in After Effect or converting videos in Handbrake (already had the GPU overheat and fail) but I often (almost daily) take it with me to work as I have software my employer doesn't to get some tasks completed. I thought about a NAS but thats expensive, and also thought about connecting the 2TB external to my Airport Extreme but file transfer is extremely slow.

    Any suggestions?
  2. carlosm86 macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2014
    you answered your own question. I dont see it being any more effective any other way.
  3. Anim macrumors 6502a


    Dec 16, 2011
    Macclesfield, UK
    Yeah you answered it yourself. Just make sure you have a decent time machine backup running as externals are prone to go if your moving it about a lot. An SSD external would be the best choice as it has no moving parts.

    Other lesser options you may not have considered are:

    You could use DropBox as a working folder but make sure it has time to sync at the end of the day. All files are accessed and stored locally so as fast as your internal drive but sync-duplicated to dropbox when a change is discovered. By the time you get home, if you leave your machine on it should have an identical copy on its own hard drive.

    You could also have the mac book as the primary drive and connect directly to it using ethernet in file-mode when at home but then it would need to be on all the time which you don't like.
  4. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    I use Dropbox for some things, but that does create duplicates. In general I rely on discipline and Chronosync, which I run every morning during breakfast to sync my MBP I take to work with my home iMac. Duplicates again.

    I consider an external drive too much of a "ball and chain" problem, although I do use the for backups and stationary drives on my server.

    BTW, using the server to have all the files in one location is *not* a good idea because accessing remotely over the Internet is just too slow (and I've got 25/25 Mbps service).
  5. paronga macrumors member


    Nov 9, 2011
    Australia, Melbourne
    remember that dropbox has a lan sync option too!
  6. Cubemmal macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2013
    Urh, you didn't say what kind of projects, it entirely depends on what you're trying to do. Video maybe?

    With text files like software development or writing than either revision control or a Dropbox like synchronization is a solution. With video and photo then you can either have a NAS solution with a local buffer disk, or a detachable storage as you mention. A photographer I know went with the NAS solution with a buffer disk based on my recommendation and has been happy.
  7. BayouTiger macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2008
    New Orleans
    I've used Dropbox for this for ages and I can't imagine anything better. I move from my laptop to desktop to home machine and just sit down and work and everything is up to date. Not sure why anything would be duplicated???
  8. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    Any product that has pre-Internet encryption and doesn't have Condoleezza Rice on their board. You might as well just send your files directly to the NSA.
  9. ktBegemot macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2014
    Try using Bittorent Sync.

    I'm using it to sync my documents and photo archive approx. 1TB of data.
    Using for a year now, no problems.

    You could also use ownCloud if you want something like dropbox but on your hardware.
  10. ranmyaku macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2012
    I keep some things on dropbox to work in multiple places.

    I have:
    Mac Pro @ work
    Mac Mini @ home
    Macbook Air @ coffee shop, etc.

    The other thing I do is store things that need higher level security and backup on a network drive at work. I can then connect to the server and map the network drive (as long as I have internet, which isn't a problem at home and I can tether to my phone).
  11. BayouTiger macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2008
    New Orleans
    I little paranoid, are we??? I am sure the NSA give a ***** about my work files. lol

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