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How can I sync a macbook with a desktop imac

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epe324 Calculating status...
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Jul 23, 2013 6:33 PM

I have an iMac desktop and I want to sync it with a MacBook Pro so I can use both of them interchangeably.

MacBook Pro
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,095 points)
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    Jul 23, 2013 6:38 PM (in response to epe324)

    Connect both of them to your local network, implement File Sharing on both, then use sync/backup software to keep them in sync.


    Mac Basics- File Sharing

    Mac 101- File sharing


    Suggested Backup Software


      1. Carbon Copy Cloner

      2. Data Backup

      3. Deja Vu

      4. SuperDuper!

      5. Synk Pro

      6. Tri-Backup


    Others may be found at VersionTracker or MacUpdate.


    Visit The XLab FAQs and read the FAQ on backup and restore.  Also read How to Back Up and Restore Your Files.

  • margofrombellingham Calculating status...
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    Nov 26, 2013 3:46 PM (in response to Kappy)

    Hi Kappy,


    I really appreciate the help understanding how to do file sharing! That is wonderful and I have it all set-up.


    Then I downloaded Carbon Copy Cloner and it seems it's really meant to back-up. If it does synch two machines I have not figured out how. I have different files on both my machines at this point and seems as if CCC is meant to write to a clean disk. I'm only a little techie so I'm getting into territory here that I'm not that familiar with.


    I don't want to overwrite everything on either computer. I'll keep trying to understand how to use CCC but can you tell me if CCC will do a true synch  where it compares files and creates identical complete sets on both systems?



  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,095 points)

    It can only sync two machines if you place both on your local network, turn on File Sharing on both machines, then mount the "client" on the Desktop of the other, or "server" machine. You can now move files between them. Carbon Coby Cloner should now see the mounted drive from the client as any other usable device.


    CCC can be configured to only delete files on the destination drive when they are being over-written by newer versions. Otherwise, CCC will not erase any other files. Here's what it may look like on my system:


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  • margofrombellingham Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 3, 2013 12:45 PM (in response to Kappy)

    Thanks Kappy!


    I got side-tracked there for a while but will get up my courage and give this a try.

  • danene Calculating status...
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    Apr 2, 2014 3:02 AM (in response to Kappy)

    Dear Kappy,


    I have just bought a new imac and also want to have both my imac and macbook Pro synced at all times. I have downloaded CCC.

    If you don't mind, I have a few questions:

    Will the two computers be synced at all times from now on when my file sharing is on, or would I need to back up to each other every day to have them sync again?

    Would you suggest that I migrate or start up my new Imac with my back up on my time capsule from my Macbook pro or rather start it up as a new computer?

    With file sharing, will this only be my files or iphoto, itunes etc as well?


    Thanks for your help!



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