Keep files and folders in sync, either between Macs, or between your Mac and an external disk drive. For example, you can use a file sync app to copy and sync all the files in your Documents folder. That’s not as good as a clone, but it is better than nothing.
How many ways can you sync files and folders?
Count. The. Ways.
The reason I bring up folder sync as a backup solution is because it’s easy, and many of the sync apps also work on a schedule so they don’t require much effort once they’re set up. Oh, and I found a new one that I like. It’s called Folder Sync. It syncs files and folders every which way to heaven.
Despite a plethora of features, Folder Sync uses the time honored source and target to sync files and folders. Select the folder of files to sync. Select the destination. Let ‘er rip!
Folder Sync comes with a built-in scheduler to it can sync files and folders unattended; according to a schedule you determine. Files can be compared between source and target a variety of ways, including date and size. There’s a built-in Quick Look integration so you can see what will get synced and what will not.
The app also uses the time honored incremental copy and sync capability so the first sync may take awhile, but subsequent folders are synchronized quickly because only the files and folders that have changed need to be copied.
Everything gets logged, too, so if there is an issue or problem with a file, you get notifications for what took place.
As sync apps go, Folder Sync is a good one and priced about right, though a similar price tag can get you a clone app for even more detailed backups. And, yes, it’s try before you buy.
Through the years we’ve reviewed a number of non-clone, folder sync applications for the Mac. Click Here for a list and a few more favorites. Most do much the same thing. They sync files and folders from one location to another; either on the Mac, or to a connected Mac, or a connected external disk drive. Some are drop dead simple and others have more features than Apple has money.