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Chapter 12. Computing on the Move with P... > Mac OS X to the Max: Keeping Your Fi...

Mac OS X to the Max: Keeping Your Files in Synch

As you move around with your mobile Mac, I'm sure you'll find all kinds of great things to do with it (one of my favorites is to watch DVDs while I travel). Some of these might even involve work! If you work on files on your mobile Mac, it is highly likely that you will want to move those files to or from another Mac, such as your desktop Mac. There are lots of ways to accomplish this:

  • Store the files you are going to share between your mobile Mac and other machines on your .Mac iDisk. Then set your iDisk to synchronize automatically on all machines. The same versions of those files will be accessible on all your Macs automatically (and they will be backed up on your iDisk, too).

    → To learn how to use an iDisk, seeUsing Your iDisk,” p. 498.

  • Before and after a session on your mobile Mac, connect the mobile Mac to the network that your desktop Mac is on and use file sharing to move the files back and forth between the machines. (Make sure you move the correct version so you don't accidentally replace a newer version with an older one.)

  • Email files to yourself. This is easier to do if you have more than one email account. For example, use a .Mac email account for your regular email and another account just on one machine. You can send files to yourself via that address. The big problem with this method is that most email gateways allow only relatively small files to be sent (usually less than 5MB).

  • Use a folder cloning application to keep specific folders synchronized. You select one or more folders on each machine that you want to keep in synch and the application will ensure the latest version is in the folder on each computer.

  • Put files on CD, DVD, or a portable drive (an iPod is excellent for this), and then copy them onto a different machine.



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