There’s an app on my Mac that I’ve used for years and hardly ever see it, let alone double-click to fire it up and use. It does file syncs between Macs or to other network connected devices automatically. It can clone the Mac’s disk drive to create a bootable backup. Basic usage is very simple, but it has more than enough sync and backup options to satisfy the geek gene in anyone.
ChronoSync is one of my favorite, most used Mac apps but I seldom open it up. Why? Once ChronoSync is setup to sync files from Mac to Mac or Mac to disk, or setup to create backup files, or setup to create bootable cloned backups, it just works. The built-in scheduler runs in the background and runs, on schedule, each of the backup and sync functions you create.
The user interface in ChronoSync is both easy and complex, and features the standard Left and Right, source and target sync method.
That initial Setup option makes ChronoSync easy to use for basic file syncs and backups. Click the Options and Rules buttons and you open a whole new world of complicated complexities which can be used to ensure a perfect backup.
Each backup or sync or clone option can be setup as a document to run, either by double-click, or by using the built-in scheduler. The Toolbar is self explanatory. Save a backup or sync document. Sync the source to the target (there’s also an option to mirror two sources), even try a Trial sync so you can see what’s going to be backed up, synced, or copied.
ChronoSync will notify you when a backup or sync has finished, and even give you log details of what happened. Because I’ve used ChronoSync for many years I tend to set it and forget it as it automatically logs into other Macs on the home and office network, but it has plenty of other useful functions, including bi-directional or multi-directional backup and sync.