Got files? Got folders? Of course you do. It’s the nature of how we use our Macs. Files, folders, Finder. If you care about your files and folders then you have a backup system that you use and test every so often, right?
If not, and all you do is copy some important files and folders from a Mac to an external disk or another Mac, then your backup plan exists, but could be made easier and faster with a utility that syncs files between folders.
At the simplest level, a backup system is merely copying files or folders from the Mac to another location; preferably not on the same Mac, and preferably, elsewhere. You can drag and drop or create a Mac clone, but using an app like ProSync is drop dead easy and more affordable than some esoteric cloning apps.
What ProSync does is sync files from one folder to another folder. It can be Documents on your Mac– every file that’s important– or, it can be the entire Home directory. Or, just a folder of important files that you want to store elsewhere.
ProSync uses the time honored Source and Target method to sync files from one folder to another; on your Mac or elsewhere. You control which files get copied or synced, and determine the filters to ensure the right files are synchronized on the Target.
The app works in two directions. One-way to copy files from Source to Target. Or, Two-way to make sure files in either Source or Target are always synchronized. This method works well if multiple Macs are involved.
ProSync lives in the Dock or the MenuBar or both locations, so it’s easy to setup and check on particular backup and sync operations. The built-in scheduler makes it easy to run a backup or sync unattended.
It even logs into a network Mac or share so you can keep synchronized files copied onto a different Mac or location. Plus, you can create multiple sync operations, each with their own filters and rules, each with their own backup schedule and destination. The first sync may take awhile depending upon how many files are in the folder to be synchronized, but subsequent syncs are incremental in nature, and only files that have been changed are copied. That speeds up the process.
Personally, I prefer a clone app to make a complete backup of my Mac, but I also use a file and folder clone app to keep certain files in sync throughout the day and before a Mac gets backed up with a clone. ProSync is priced about right but needs a try-before-you-buy option.