Recommendations for keeping two computers in sync?

over 8 years ago from , Senior Interactive Designer / Developer with Hoefler & Co.

I work primarily on a desktop computer, but I do have a laptop that I occasionally have to use. I get tired of duplicating the setup (ruby, installed gems, terminal settings, etc.) I've done on my primary system on my laptop as well. I'd love to be able to pick this laptop up and know that it's literally an up-to-date duplicate of my desktop computer. That includes system settings and the like.

Is this possible?


  • Bryan KulbaBryan Kulba, over 8 years ago (edited over 8 years ago )

    Ooh, this is a burning question for me too...

    I'd also love to figure out how to easily sync Sketch plugins.

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  • Andreas EberharterAndreas Eberharter, over 8 years ago

    I have used BitTorrent Sync in the past, liked it: http://www.getsync.com

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  • Erik BeesonErik Beeson, over 8 years ago

    I use a variety of tools for slightly different needs: Dropbox, mackup, ChronoSync/ChronoAgent, BitTorrent Sync, arq.

    Dropbox handles a lot of small stuff, supports mackup, and is great for sharing project directories with specific people.

    Mackup facilitates seamlessly storing a bunch of app config stuff in Dropbox.

    ChronoSync/ChronoAgent moves file around on the LAN. Arq moves backups to Amazon Glacier.

    BitTorrent Sync is great for keeping big directories in sync; stuff that doesn't fit well in a Free Dropbox. We have a central server that joins Sync folders so there's always a copy online.

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    • Cihad TurhanCihad Turhan, over 8 years ago (edited over 8 years ago )

      I've also used a couple of them. Dropbox has also LAN sync (there is a checkbox in preferences) I've used Bittorrent Sync, it was good though except it doesn't work on some linux servers regularly, randomly disconnects.

      I'm using Syncthing which someone on BTSync forum suggested. I'm happy with it now. It can also let me set any ports and ip addresses so I can secure my content.

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  • , over 8 years ago

    Synk was recommended by someone to me. Haven't tried it yet.

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  • Matt VMatt V, over 8 years ago

    I have a home server that stands as my container for all projects. And I remote in/SMB/mount one of the shared drives and can access it from around the house using multiple computers, which is very helpful. And since I run both a mac machine and windows machine, things get really confusing for me. Which is why a home server works really well.

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  • Mark Michon, over 8 years ago

    I find mackup to be rather useful for settings/configs in addition to your file syncing method of choice.


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  • Daniel FisherDaniel Fisher, over 8 years ago

    I use a combination of FolderWatch and Dropbox.

    It's not perfect, but it suits my setup as I use one computer as a primary. Folderwatch syncs the files and settings one way to dropbox. Then folderwatch on my other system syncs from dropbox to all the appropriate places.

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  • Alex M.Alex M., over 8 years ago (edited over 8 years ago )

    I recommend either GoodSync or Bvckup2. GoodSync also works with amazon s3, google drive, dropbox, onedrive, azure.

    These might be useful, too: http://superuser.com/questions/328017/syncing-windows-registry-between-several-computershttp://dropboxifier.codeplex.com

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