An extra hard disk drive, another Mac, or a remote file server. What you want is an app that’s friendly, easy to use, set-it-and-forget-it, and affordable. If it synchronizes files Mac-to-Mac, that’s even better.
Sync Me Baby, One More Time
The important files on my Macs are backed up multiple ways. I don’t worry about backing up applications, just important files—music, movies, photos, documents.
In particular, it’s important for me to synchronize documents Mac-to-Mac.
Synchronizing files also acts as a remote backup.
My desktop Mac is used in the office, but I travel often, so I want to make sure my traveling documents are the same on both iMac and MacBook Pro.
DropSync is an affordable Mac app that does just that. Good, quick backups, and file syncs Mac-to-Mac, or Mac-to-something-else.
The interface is straightforward and easy enough for Mac newbies, but useful for experienced Mac users.
In the left window, DropSync lets you choose which files you want to backup or sync. In the right window you choose the destination.
The green arrows display the direction of the selected files.
You may also log into remote servers (add host name, username, password, and port information) to backup or sync files over a local network or over the internet.
DropSync gives you a preview mode so you can see what’s about to take place, backup or sync.
You can schedule backups and syncs to take place at specific times, though that process is convoluted and requires some AppleScript knowledge. There are very few Mac apps I trust to do synchronizations unattended.
If you need an affordable Mac app that does both backup and sync, Mac-to-Mac, or Mac-to-somewhere-else, DropSync is a decent choice that’s easy to set up and use right away.