When it comes to backing up your Mac’s files, it’s more important that you backup, rather than what tool, app, or method you use to backup those files. Doing a backup is better than not. It’s that simple.
Many of us have both MacBook and a desktop Mac and keeping some files synchronized between the two can be a chore. Here’s an easy, inexpensive way that works well (provided your ‘bell and whistle‘ standards are not too high).
Sync This Way (not that way)
When it comes to backup utilities Mac users have plenty of apps from which to choose, and we at Mac360 have our favorite methods.
If that trio of tools is so good at creating great backups, then why look at another? Money. OneWaySync is very simple to setup and use and very inexpensive.
OneWaySync uses the time honored source and target folder method to sync or mirror a folder of files on your Mac, and, as the name implies, the synchronization is done in one direction only, hence, one way sync.
When you think about it, this might be just perfect for your needs. OneWaySync can set up to 14 preconfigured folders to sync (probably more than enough for most of us).
How’s this for simplicity?
Setup a source folder of files to sync to a remote folder (connected to your Mac, on your Mac, or on the local network). The sync is one way only, which creates a mirror of the source folder’s files on the target device or folder.
Options are nominal and mostly self explanatory. Toggle to copy hidden files. Delete files no longer on the source folder. Queue up multiple folders to sync, one after the other. OneWaySync copies only files which have changed on the source folder.
That’s pretty much it. It’s simple to use, won’t bog you down in complex options (like those in ChronoSync, which is a more professional level tool), and gets the basic job done by backing up files from a folder on your Mac to somewhere else.
What’s missing? An automated scheduler would be a big plus, but considering the less than nominal price tag, OneWaySync does what you expect.