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Topic # 142717 21-Mar-2014 15:50 Send private message

Heya guys,

Anyone know or have some experience with software I can use that will keep folders in sync.

Basically I have an external hdd that I want to sync with my desktop photo folder. Obviously I only want it to recognise the changes and sync them.

Thanks

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  Reply # 1010712 21-Mar-2014 16:25 Send private message

I've been using Synchronize! Pro X which is nice and simple and works well ... I don't know if it's still made for newer versions of Mac OS X though.




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  Reply # 1010739 21-Mar-2014 17:29 Send private message

freitasm: GoodSync...




Ahh cool thanks - It should do the trick - it's such a simple task that I don't really want to have to pay $30 to do what I'm doing. Hopefully after the 30 days the free version will work ok - otherwise I will just revert to copying the whole folder over again... 



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  Reply # 1010740 21-Mar-2014 17:30 Send private message

Buzz Bumble: I've been using Synchronize! Pro X which is nice and simple and works well ... I don't know if it's still made for newer versions of Mac OS X though.



Cool, thanks - this looks good also.

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  Reply # 1010818 21-Mar-2014 20:51 Send private message

i used to use robocopy on my windows pcs. it is command line but once you get the options right you can make a batch file and run it. it can figure out what is the same and what is now and only copy the new bits



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  Reply # 1010822 21-Mar-2014 20:57 Send private message

we use that at work to sync folders, we just have batch files setup to do it

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  Reply # 1010845 21-Mar-2014 21:26 Send private message

FreeFileSync.

Completely free and does a great job. I've been using it for about 2 years now.

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  Reply # 1010918 22-Mar-2014 02:12 Send private message

My favorite is Superduper http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/superduperdescription.html

Use it for backups before big upgrades of OS-X, and it also works a charm to copy and/or sync folders.

The nice thing about using it for big backups is that you can have it make the disk you are backing up to bootable, and it can also shut down your machine when its finished (nice to be able to save some on the power bill for those big long backups).





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  Reply # 1010956 22-Mar-2014 10:06 Send private message

I use BitTorrent Sync http://www.bittorrent.com/sync

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  Reply # 1011069 22-Mar-2014 16:43 Send private message

Bananabob: I use BitTorrent Sync http://www.bittorrent.com/sync


Given that most people in NZ doesn't have unlimited bandwidth, syncing your files from your computer to your HD via peer-to-peer does not seem like a brilliant idea.




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  Reply # 1011074 22-Mar-2014 16:59 Send private message

jarledb:
Bananabob: I use BitTorrent Sync http://www.bittorrent.com/sync


Given that most people in NZ doesn't have unlimited bandwidth, syncing your files from your computer to your HD via peer-to-peer does not seem like a brilliant idea.

It knows and will sync over LAN




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  Reply # 1011083 22-Mar-2014 17:03 Send private message

coffeebaron: 
It knows and will sync over LAN


Ahh, thats pretty smart. Better than some for-pay systems I have seen then.




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  Reply # 1011087 22-Mar-2014 17:17 Send private message

In Linux I use rsync. In Windows I use robocopy part of a Windows administration pack of sorts I downloaded once (free).

Both are command line, I just double click the icon on my batch file and it only updates what needs to be updated.

Both cost me nothing. They're not a simple solution if you're a GUI person, but they don't cost a cent.

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  Reply # 1011097 22-Mar-2014 18:12 Send private message

jarledb:
coffeebaron: 
It knows and will sync over LAN


Ahh, thats pretty smart. Better than some for-pay systems I have seen then.


Dropbox uses LAN if available, otherwise WAN. Microsoft Skydrive used LAN when it was Live Mesh, but no more...







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  Reply # 1011132 22-Mar-2014 20:07 Send private message

Awesome suggestions guys! Thanks for your replies...

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