What is the best way to sync folders on a Mac to folders on a PC media server?
November 26, 2008 6:48 AM Subscribe
What is the best way to sync folders on a Mac to folders on a PC media server across a network?
posted by raddevon to computers & internet (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a recent Mac switcher, but I still use a PC media server in my home. I have a few folders on my Macbook Pro (running Leopard) that I would like to sync to folders on my XP-based media server across my home network. I have looked at a few options, but I haven't yet found one I like.
I tried creating a folder action, but that didn't seem to work very well. I wanted the action to connect to the server first in case I had been using my computer elsewhere and the share was unmounted. However, if the action tried this when the share was actually mounted, it crashed.
Lacie makes a program for syncing that should work, but I read a horror story about it (involving losing all data on the destination drive) and got a little scared to try it.
MS has FolderShare, but it has to run in the background all the time and places an icon not only on the menu bar but also in the dock. It is a beta so I imagine the service will either disappear at some point or become a paid service. I would prefer a software solution to a service-based one.
Any ideas? Free is good, but I would pay a little for a really slick solution.