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Solutions to backup/sync folders on mac OSX to NAS?

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    Solutions to backup/sync folders on mac OSX to NAS?

    Hi all,

    I currently have a Synology NAS (soon to be replaced by QNAP or HP Gen8 Microserver).

    I have a Macbook which I tend to manually copy the Itunes library & Photos folder over to the NAS once a month for backup. This is tedious and involves manually delete & recopy of the folders.

    I know Synology (or other NAS solutions) have a Time machine function but I am not so keen on full system backup just because I am interested in two folders....

    So what other software is available on the mac to allow syncing/backing up my folders to the NAS?

    Thanks

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    Originally posted by css_jay99 View Post
    Hi all,

    I currently have a Synology NAS (soon to be replaced by QNAP or HP Gen8 Microserver).

    I have a Macbook which I tend to manually copy the Itunes library & Photos folder over to the NAS once a month for backup. This is tedious and involves manually delete & recopy of the folders.

    I know Synology (or other NAS solutions) have a Time machine function but I am not so keen on full system backup just because I am interested in two folders....

    So what other software is available on the mac to allow syncing/backing up my folders to the NAS?

    Thanks
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      #3
      Carbon Copy Cloner or Super Duper.....

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        #4
        I've used chronosync before and found it pretty decent.

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          Originally posted by css_jay99 View Post
          Hi all,

          I currently have a Synology NAS (soon to be replaced by QNAP or HP Gen8 Microserver).

          I have a Macbook which I tend to manually copy the Itunes library & Photos folder over to the NAS once a month for backup. This is tedious and involves manually delete & recopy of the folders.

          I know Synology (or other NAS solutions) have a Time machine function but I am not so keen on full system backup just because I am interested in two folders....

          So what other software is available on the mac to allow syncing/backing up my folders to the NAS?

          Thanks
          I would have another think about Time machine, its a great little bit of kit, so easy to restore, automated, you can select what folders you want to back up, but unless space is an issue I would always recommend doing it all
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            #6
            Thanks,

            I have just had a brief read on Carbon copy and Super Duper and they are more of a Drive backup solution rather than folder/file sync

            chronosync looks exacly like what I want. I will have buy 3 licences at $60 per osx machine ...

            A quick read on the rsync manual shows that a single command line with do the job. I might have to look at building a shell script around this to make the task more robust

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              #7
              Originally posted by SimonMac View Post
              I would have another think about Time machine, its a great little bit of kit, so easy to restore, automated, you can select what folders you want to back up, but unless space is an issue I would always recommend doing it all
              Post selection of only folders of interest, I thought that TM will end up adding other new files on the filesystem not detected at the time of selection?

              I tend to also backup my 4TB NAS to 2*2TB portable USB HDD so a full Time Machine backup will blow my space requirements ...

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                #8
                Originally posted by css_jay99 View Post
                Thanks,

                I have just had a brief read on Carbon copy and Super Duper and they are more of a Drive backup solution rather than folder/file sync

                chronosync looks exacly like what I want. I will have buy 3 licences at $60 per osx machine ...

                A quick read on the rsync manual shows that a single command line with do the job. I might have to look at building a shell script around this to make the task more robust
                CCC does ryscing too.

                Chronosync server doesn't run as a daemon (or didn't) - got fed up with starting it.

                Also Time Machine deletes files when the disk gets full so watch it for that.

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                  #9
                  Goodsync works pretty well. It's a file and folder sync and has many features.

                  My only issue is the regularity with which they release updates.

                  And another comment: if you have it wake up periodically to sync, then it "wakes up" the NAS perhaps more often than you might wish. This would be true for all sync s/w of course.

                  EDIT: if your syncing is undemanding, Goodsync has a free version
                  http://www.goodsync.com/free-vs-pro
                  Last edited by Platypus; 11 May 2016, 14:46.

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                    #10
                    Just having a look around and found this one - FreeFileSync - Free Backup and File Synchronization Software might be worth checking out...

                    I do like rsync though.

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