7 Replies Latest reply: Feb 4, 2009 2:52 PM by kwittenrkwitty
iGeek2.1 Level 1 (0 points)
I just bought a new MacBook and would like to sync it to my iMac (Intel). That is, every time I add a song to iTunes, create a new document, add photos to iPhoto, etc. I would like the files to be on both computers. This would seem to be something that many users would want to do, so I assume there is a simple way. Thanks for the help.

iMac 17" iSight, Mac OS X (10.5.5), Not New iMac
  • Noah D Level 1 (20 points)

    The only way this would be possible is if you have an xserve, then create a file share, that both macs can access. You will also have to create a domain, so that you can be in sync all the time.

    Information on the xserve: http://www.apple.com/server/

  • iGeek2.1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Wow. So what's a more practical solution for an individual home user to keep his laptop synced with his desktop though perhaps not as fully synced as I described above. I can't be the only one who wants do this ...
  • ns Level 2 (465 points)
    I do this every day - that is, sync two computers to keep most (user) files on it identical.

    1. With Firewire, it is easy and fast. You can use Target Disk Mode to connect the two computers and then use a shareware utility called FileSynchronization to sync selected folders.

    2. Given that the Macbook doesn't have Firewire, this process becomes more tiresome and longer. Use an external USB drive as a go-between. That is, copy from iMac -> USB drive -> Macbook and vice versa. Again, use FileSynchronization or some such software to only copy files that have been updated.

    For me, since I sync twice a day, the lack of Firewire seems really really problematic because of all these added steps. This is the only reason I haven't bought a Macbook yet when I had intended to purchase it the day it came out. I am still hanging on to the 12"Powerbook.

    There are other utilitites besides FileSynchronization that can help keep files synced. I understand that the latest version of FileSynchronization allows wireless synch, although the process is pretty slow.

    Note that to keep Mail synced it is best to use IMAP, if feasible.
  • kwittenrkwitty Level 1 (0 points)
    My question is along these lines however, I want to get files from the macbook into the imac..Is there a different format for the reversal or is it the same??
  • ns Level 2 (465 points)
    It is the same exact process between any two Macs of any kind.
  • kwittenrkwitty Level 1 (0 points)
    Do you guys think I could do it thru I disk? would it be worth the time? It's mainly just music..