I rely on a combo Time Machine and SuperDuper! clone for backups, but I use a MacBook Pro while on the road, but an iMac on the Desktop when back in the office. That means my Documents folder must be ambidextrous.
Sync Files Back And Forth
Before you haul out the dictionary and scold me for misusing ambidextrous, allow me to explain. I want my Documents folder to always be synchronized between MacBook Pro and iMac. The same files on the left as on the right.
To do that I use a rather inexpensive Mac utility called Sync Folders Pro. Yes, it does exactly as the name implies.
It synchronizes the Documents folder between the MacBook Pro and my iMac so that when I head out the door with MBP in hand, files are updated.
And, when I return to the office and begin work on the iMac, Documents remain synchronized with any changes I made to Documents files while on the road.
The way it works is rather straightforward. Select the folders to synchronize, either manually or scheduled.
Sync Folders Pro can automatically sync two folders on your Mac or to any connected storage device (external disk drive, USB disk, etc.), and manually between two Macs on the same network.
I make the sync between my Macs easy by simply synchronizing the entire Documents folder but Sync Folder Pro comes with a bunch of filter options so you can sync only what you want to sync (which means faster syncs).
Everything gets logged, too, and the app runs in the background yet it’s easy to start by using the Menubar selection.
Sync Folder Pro will auto mount a network connected folder, do the sync, then automatically unmount so your Mac notebook is free to roam. If there’s a negative it’s the number of options, though a basic file sync between folders takes less than a minute to setup.
The price tag is nominal, but there’s a free version available with the same features except a limit on the number of files and only one pair of folders.
Sync Folder Pro is also a good way to make sure you have backups of files that are changed throughout the day. Nicely done and affordable.