2 Replies Latest reply: Feb 9, 2009 4:07 PM by Pondini
Peter Deli Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
Hello all,

At home I am using a Mac, at work a PC with WinXP, between them I have a USB key or an external Hard Drive. Up to some time I have been using my memory (read: my brain) to remember where I had my most recently updated files (this includes erased files too), and was trying, as rigorously as possible to update both computers with the obvious and inevitable forgetfulness, thus loss of data...

In Windows the problem is solved since I have been shown the "Briefcase". Now I am wondering if there isn't a simple tool, "à la" Briefcase in Windows XP, to help me keep my files and folders updated between my Mac and my USB Key and/or External HD?

Just to be clear, find here below a list of what I want and don't want:

What I want/would like:
+To have a synchronization tool such as Windows XP's "Briefcase"+
+That includes erased files (meaning, that if I decide to erase a file or folder, it's not put back again and again because it simply exists on the other device)+

What I don't want:
+A backup tool, I have Time Machine for that;+
+To work in or from the USB key or external HD;+

If someone has a nice, hopefully cheap, idea...

Thanks and cheers,


MacBook 2.2GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.5), RAM 4 GB, HDD 250 GB
  • 1. Re: File synchronization
    Francine Schwieder Level 6 Level 6 (19,040 points)
    You might take a look at Chronosync from Econ Technology. I see the price has gone up to $40 dollars, but once you buy a license you can update forever. I recently wrote them to get a new license and they sent me one with no problem (do save the email they send you, my email address has changed several times over the years, but with a copy of my previous emails from them everything was fine).


    I just now used it to sync a folder in my home directory to the FAT32 drive I share with my Vista installation. You can customize things any way want: synchronize deletions or not, and many other options as well. When you run a particular sync of a folder you save it, then the next time you want to do the same thing just double click the saved sync file. It is incredibly fast when you do it that way.

  • 2. Re: File synchronization
    Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)
    You might also consider a MobileMe (a.k.a. "Dot Mac") account. It isn't free ($99/year), but includes all sorts of things in addition to a synchronization system and 20 gb of space on Apple's servers (your "iDisk").

    I haven't used it, so can't answer about the deleted file situation, but the basic scoop is at: http://www.apple.com/support/mobileme/

    There's also a separate section of these forums for MobileMe, that might be worth a visit, at: http://discussions.apple.com/category.jspa?categoryID=116