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Charles Hawkins
Hello,

I’m interested in experience/recommendations re syncing software.  For years my main computer has been a laptop, so I just took it with me when traveling and had all the ilfes I needed right there.  Recently I bought an iMac, largely because of all the space on that 27” screen!  It is now my main computer, so I need to sync files onto the MBP for when I travel (coming up soon).

As I said, I’ve not had to deal with this issue for years, so I am not up to date on good software for syncing.  I use Time machine and carbon copy cloner for regular backups, and *could* take a small portable drive that has the relevant files, but I’d lije to have everything on the MBP.

I’ve seen stuff about ChronoSync on TidBits.  Is this a good choice?

Thanks,

Chuck

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Re: Syncin Software

Roger D. Parish
ChronoSync is excellent! Before TimeMachine, I used ChronoSync to backup my important folders.

Roger D. Parish
Lovettsville, VA



> On May 9, 2017, at 9:49 AM, Charles Hawkins <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> Hello,
>
> I’m interested in experience/recommendations re syncing software.  For years my main computer has been a laptop, so I just took it with me when traveling and had all the ilfes I needed right there.  Recently I bought an iMac, largely because of all the space on that 27” screen!  It is now my main computer, so I need to sync files onto the MBP for when I travel (coming up soon).
>
> As I said, I’ve not had to deal with this issue for years, so I am not up to date on good software for syncing.  I use Time machine and carbon copy cloner for regular backups, and *could* take a small portable drive that has the relevant files, but I’d lije to have everything on the MBP.
>
> I’ve seen stuff about ChronoSync on TidBits.  Is this a good choice?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Chuck
>
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Re: Syncin Software

Alexander Forbes
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On May 9, 2017, at 6:49 AM, Charles Hawkins <[hidden email]> wrote:

I’ve not had to deal with this issue for years, so I am not up to date on good software for syncing.  I use Time machine and carbon copy cloner for regular backups, and *could* take a small portable drive that has the relevant files, but I’d lije to have everything on the MBP.

Charles,

FWIW, I travel with an MBP and a portable drive. I use CCC to sync my few personal files and folders on the MBP hard drive. Over the years I’ve learned to keep most of my personal files and archives on the portable (on the road), or  to a “common” RAID storage drive array (when at home). These drives are the “common repositories.” This makes the sync job easier for me. I also let CCC back the portable back up to the drive array using ‘MANUAL’ not scheduled backups only after a road trip.

However if you like to have everything on the MBP or your home machine, CCC is equally good for backing up all the individual folders you commonly use. I went to the remote drive scheme to reduce the manual fuel sync transfer chore; less chance of forgetting some folder or other on the manual sync updates to the mother ship.

On the home machine(s) I also use CCC on daily auto-syncs to my main storage RAID, and then just before a road trip I manually sync that back to the portable. Of course you could use a single portable as the common repository at all times, but I prefer not to lose the redundant backups.

I have seen others here on TidBITS Talk recommend CCC and a few other leading sync applications. I adopted CCC upon those recommendations some years back, but I’m sure the others work well too.

In former years I used Syncovery, formerly "Super Flexible File Synchronizer.” It is more high-maiteance bot gives you a staggering amount of control over how the syncs are performed. It is somewhat slower on massive transfers, but I still use it for specialized tasks.

Alex



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RE: Syncin Software

Vince Winterling
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I like good sync. Not free but excellent.



Vincent Winterling
Vineland, NJ


-------- Original message --------
From: Charles Hawkins <[hidden email]>
Date: 5/9/17 9:52 AM (GMT-05:00)
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Subject: Syncin Software

Hello,

I’m interested in experience/recommendations re syncing software.  For years my main computer has been a laptop, so I just took it with me when traveling and had all the ilfes I needed right there.  Recently I bought an iMac, largely because of all the space on that 27” screen!  It is now my main computer, so I need to sync files onto the MBP for when I travel (coming up soon).

As I said, I’ve not had to deal with this issue for years, so I am not up to date on good software for syncing.  I use Time machine and carbon copy cloner for regular backups, and *could* take a small portable drive that has the relevant files, but I’d lije to have everything on the MBP.

I’ve seen stuff about ChronoSync on TidBits.  Is this a good choice?

Thanks,

Chuck

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Re: Syncin Software

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On Tue, May 9, 2017 at 9:49 AM, Charles Hawkins <[hidden email]> wrote:
I’ve seen stuff about ChronoSync on TidBits.  Is this a good choice?

Yes, ChronoSync is the most powerful syncing software for the Mac as far as I’m aware.

The one thing I did want to mention is that you might also think about using either Dropbox or Apple’s Desktop and Documents folder syncing instead, for a set-and-forget solution.

cheers... -Adam



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Re: Syncin Software

Doug Hogg
Yes, I would start with a free Dropbox account which will sync two GBs of data without requiring any user interaction. If you are on the road and edit some files in your Dropbox folder (which can include sub-folders), they will be synced to your other computer when you have internet access. This provides some protection if your laptop computer is damaged, crashes, etc.

Dropbox allows me to access PDF and text files from my iPhone or iPad with the Dropbox app.

:-)

Doug Hogg

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On May 9, 2017, at 7:47 AM, Adam Engst <[hidden email]> wrote:


On Tue, May 9, 2017 at 9:49 AM, Charles Hawkins <[hidden email]> wrote:
I’ve seen stuff about ChronoSync on TidBits.  Is this a good choice?

Yes, ChronoSync is the most powerful syncing software for the Mac as far as I’m aware.

The one thing I did want to mention is that you might also think about using either Dropbox or Apple’s Desktop and Documents folder syncing instead, for a set-and-forget solution.

cheers... -Adam


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Re: Syncin Software

Travis Butler

> On May 9, 2017, at 11:07 AM, Doug Hogg <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> Yes, I would start with a free Dropbox account which will sync two GBs of data without requiring any user interaction. If you are on the road and edit some files in your Dropbox folder (which can include sub-folders), they will be synced to your other computer when you have internet access. This provides some protection if your laptop computer is damaged, crashes, etc.
>
> Dropbox allows me to access PDF and text files from my iPhone or iPad with the Dropbox app.

Thirded; Dropbox is the best way I’ve found so far to keep things available, no matter what machine I’m using.






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Re: Syncin Software

Charles Hawkins
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Adam and all,

Thanks for the feedback and recommendations!  And sorry about the dumb typo in the subject!  I seem to miss more keys with the Magic Keyboard than with others I’ve used in the past!

Chuck

On May 9, 2017, at 10:47 AM, Adam Engst <[hidden email]> wrote:


On Tue, May 9, 2017 at 9:49 AM, Charles Hawkins <[hidden email]> wrote:
I’ve seen stuff about ChronoSync on TidBits.  Is this a good choice?

Yes, ChronoSync is the most powerful syncing software for the Mac as far as I’m aware.

The one thing I did want to mention is that you might also think about using either Dropbox or Apple’s Desktop and Documents folder syncing instead, for a set-and-forget solution.

cheers... -Adam


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