How to backup and sync hard drives on Mac

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You can easily Backup and Sync Hard Drives on Mac automatically with a software that’s been around for a decade.

Chronosync allows you to set two hard drives to be identical backup of each other and you’ll never risk losing your files again.

A great feature of this software is scheduling your backup between hard drives. This allows you to back them up when you are not using the computer and you can set this up as a daily task for the program.

Check out Chronosync here.

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Hey everyone. In this video, I wanted to show you how you could take two drives and back them up and sync them together,
so you’ll never have to worry about losing another drive. So if one of these drives goes down,
you’ll have the exact duplicate in the other drive and all the files will be synced and I have this app that does this
automatically, so typically you would take one file from here, put it here and by the time you get hundreds of files or even
dozens of files, it becomes really hard to know what’s on what Drive. This way you set it in the background.
They always sync up.
They always backup, this drive to this drive or vice versa or you could backup bi-directionally, and you’ll never have to worry again, and you could set a schedule, so let’s say you run it at midnight every single day,
you’ll never lose another file this way. Now it doesn’t matter if you have these bigger external drives, or these portable drives,
I usually use one external drive, one portable drive and
the same size drives and backed them up to each other, so if one drive goes down in fact,
I’ve had a drive go down and I had the backup in the other one. Now if it’s your first time here,
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Now let’s jump in the computer, so I could show you the entire setup process.
Ok, so I have four different hard drives mounted here, so this one is a 5 terabyte drive
and this one is also a 5 terabyte drive, but it’s a portable version
and this is gonna be my backup, same thing here. When I have a 4 terabyte drive in this case mounted,
I want to make sure I have another 4 terabyte drive as a backup. Again, this is my backup, my primary in this case is portable.
So I always buy these 2 different hard drives to make sure they’re sync together so if one hard drive failed,
the other one would have all the exact same information.
Now, what you don’t want to do is you don’t want to take the folders from one drive and
drop it into the other drive, because when the drive gets really packed this is gonna
be really hard to sync between the two drives manually. It will take you a really long time.
So I’ve been using a software for 10 years now to do this for me in the background,
setup auto schedules for backups, and I never have to worry about it.
It’s called Chronosync for Mac and it’s 50 bucks, but it’s honestly one of the best fifty dollars
I’ve ever spent because I’ve never had to worry about drive going bad.
In fact when a drive went bad on me, all I had to do is go to the backup drive, I had
all the information buy a new drive and do the process over again
and the drives gone bad on me a couple of times so that really saved me
from worrying about if I missed a file this takes care of everything. So this is a new computer,
so let me go ahead and show you the process of
getting this app up and running, and I’ll show you a brief overview of how to use it.
So I’ll just go to download here on this website.
I’ll have a link in the description to this place, so there’s a Express version which is a bit cheaper.
But this one has been sitting on my computer for a long time.
So let me go ahead and add it to my cart.
So you just downloaded, I’m gonna go ahead and install it.
Okay the install process is done.
I’m just gonna go ahead and move it to the trash and now I could look up Chronosync
and I could launch it and it’s gonna let you do a trial mode, so if you want to just try it and do a demo mode you can or in this case, I’ve already purchased this before so I’m gonna go ahead and register.
Okay, my registration is complete. I’m gonna press ok here and
let me just go ahead and minimize this.
So this is what the application looks like and it also adds that up here for you.
So you could have quick access to it, so you could just come up here and press Chronosync. You could schedule.
It’s alright up here, but this is what the app looks like and it has a setup assistance.
So you can follow the setup assistant if this is your first time using it.
It makes it a little little bit easier, but like I said, I’ll be using it for a really long time.
This is how you backup one drive to another drive using Chronosync. All you gotta do is press create new synchronized task.
This is the icon, I’m gonna press that and
I’m gonna name it whatever my project name is and I’m gonna press ok.
So here I want to take one drive and then sync it to another drive, so I want to choose the first drive first.
I’m gonna go ahead and press choose here if you go in here you’re gonna press choose.
Let me go ahead and do that. Now when I choose my first drive. This is my primary drive. I’m gonna press select and
now that drive is here now. I’m gonna choose another drive. Again, I make sure it’s the same file size drive.
You don’t have to, you could do a 5 terabyte to a 3 terabyte, but this is much easier.
It’ll never run out of space. They’ll both sync equally.
I’ll choose the second drive, press select. Now the two drives are here.
Now this is where you got to decide how you want to back it up.
You could back it up left to right, right to left or bi-directional. I like to do bi-directional.
That way I know what’s on here is also on here and vice versa, so no matter where I work on these drives,
they’ll both have the same file you could synchronize the deletion or archive replace files. I usually don’t do this.
So this is basically as simple as it gets as far as setting up a schedule.
What you want to do next is you want to synchronize or you could do a test sync just to make sure, so trial sync here.
But let me go ahead and synchronize in this case.
Again, I’ve used this for a while so just to make you comfortable,
you could do a trial sync. Go ahead and press that and he starts backing up
automatically, and it’ll give you messages so if there is a new file here
and you want to move it to here you could decide which one or you could always handle conflicts by either skipping them
or using the newer file.
In this case, I want to use the newer file so it’s gonna say that to me
and I’m gonna say continue and now the backup process is starting and it’s actually moving files
just like you see here one at a time now depending on the size of your drive on how much you’re trying to transfer,
this might take a bit time, so I’m gonna let this finish
and I’ll come back to show you one more thing – setting up another transfer between two drives.
Once the two drives sync, you’ll get a pop-up message like this. If you get any errors,
you’ll get a view error log here. I’m gonna press ok.
So once you do that, you will see here under your recent that this is your recent schedule,
so you could come up here and open at any time to come back to this and
synchronize it or you could schedule this you could add this to a
schedule here and tell it when you want this to happen. So if you want weekly on Mondays at 8:00 a.m.
or maybe you want to do this at midnight when you’re not working to actually do the syncing for you,
you could set that up through the sync scheduling
and I’ll show you if you wanted to add another drive to this list, so if I wanted to take this drive and this drive. Let’s go ahead and do another, schedule here.
Let me go ahead and close this up here and this time, I’ll do NSF.
I’ll press ok, that’s the name on my drive and I’ll choose again the left drive and
on the right I’ll choose my backup drive and
now I could again do a synchronized by direction just to make sure everything is transferred between the drives and again
I could do a trial, I could do a synchronize or I could add it to my schedule.
So this time. I still want to do a synchronize.
And he gave me a warning because one of my volumes is almost full it’s ninety nine point eight percent so usually I don’t try
to do this when the hard drive is full, but it’s not
completely full so it’s kind of transfer everything from this drive to that drive, but if it runs out of space, it’s gonna
give me a warning to delete something or move something out of that drive.
So that’s how I sync up all my hard drives on my Mac using Chronosync. I hope you found this useful.
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