That’s easier said than done and usually requires an expensive Mac backup utility with a confusing laundry list of features. Is there a way to sync files between two Macs without more bells and whistles than you need. The answer is a qualified ‘Yes.’
Almost Free, Mostly Secure
For Mac users who want to borrow or view for free media files from all over the world, there’s a nifty and free technology called BitTorrent, a peer-to-peer file sharing protocol and app that moves a massive amount of files from here to there.
BitTorrent is responsible for a large chunk of all internet traffic and consumes a massive amount of bandwidth. Think Napster but without the public stigma.
Well, BitTorrent is going all legitimate and commercial with BitTorrent Sync, a protocol and app that lets you sync files from Mac-to-Mac without bothering to store them on Dropbox or iCloud or Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive or anyplace else (almost) first.
The file sync takes place between your Macs. And BitTorrent Sync is free. It also works. It’s also not free if you want a bunch of bells and whistles, but the basic entry-level version works well to sync files Mac-to-Mac.
BitTorrent Sync works simply enough. Select a folder on your Mac with the files you want to sync to another Mac, and do the same on the other Mac.
BitTorrent Sync encrypts the files on your Mac, connects to the other Mac where the files need to sync, and begins the synchronization process. That’s where BitTorrent shines. It’s made for moving large files across the internet so moving files Mac-to-Mac is child’s play, hence the free version. And, BitTorrent Sync bypasses the cloud storage services, and sends encrypted files from one device to another. Fast.
The Pro version is an annual subscription which adds an unlimited number of folders, on-demand access, an option to change permissions (good for sharing files with team members, friends, or employees), and support.
What’s especially attractive about BitTorrent Sync is that it’s multi-platform; available on Mac, Windows and Linux PCs, plus iOS, Windows, Android, Kindle Fire, and even some personal cloud storage devices including Western Digital’s My Cloud.
Not bad for almost free, right?