sync to external drive

Tommy Trussell tommy.trussell at
Sat Dec 2 02:32:05 UTC 2017

On Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 12:06 AM, Gary J. Kirkpatrick <garyartista at
> wrote:

> Rather overwhelmed with all the responses.  What I am looking for is
> syncing not just copying, like say Dropbox does.  So the program would make
> an initial copy and then only add new files or changes to previously copied
> files.  I have tried a couple of programs mentioned but what they do is
> make another copy of the entire initial copy.  This is way too slow and
> unnecessarily stresses the drives involved.
> garyk
Since you're happy with Dropbox, one option might be to set up a second
computer running Dropbox. If you need to write to an external drive, just
move or link the Dropbox folder to the external drive.

The downside of this suggestion is you would need to keep the second
computer running and logged in all the time, and the (optional) external
drive connected and running. The upside is the installation and
configuration is simple, and you can use Dropbox's built-in versioning
commands (via their web site) as needed.
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