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How to Backup Multiple Folders


ChronoSync Express is designed to be flexible. It can meet the needs of most synchronization or backup strategies no matter how simple or complex. In some instances your needs may NOT be as simple as synchronizing one folder to another folder. You may, for example, want to synchronize many different folders throughout your hard drive or perhaps synchronize one folder but not synchronize some of the folders contained within it. There are various methods that allow you to exclude or include folders. You can use one or a combination of the methods listed below to narrow down your synchronization scope using ChronoSync Express.

Option #1: Select a folder to synchronize everything contained within that folder.

If you want to synchronize all your personal files you would simply select your Documents folder as the target.

Option #2: Create separate ChronoSync Express documents for each folder you wish to synchronize.

This is a great solution if you want to synchronize some folders but not other folders. For example, instead of creating one ChronoSync Express document for your Home folder, perhaps you want to create three: one for “Documents”, another for “Pictures” and a third for “Music”. Each ChronoSync Express document can be synchronized separately.

Option #3: Add multiple ChronoSync Express documents to a single container document and then synchronize them all as one.

If you created three ChronoSync Express documents for your “Documents”, “Pictures” and “Music” folders (as mentioned in Option #2), you could add them to a single container document so all three behave as one. A container document will run multiple ChronoSync Express documents as one.

Option #4: You can permanently exclude any file or folder by selecting it from the Analyze panel and choosing the “Exclude” command.

The exclusion will be saved with the ChronoSync Express document and the excluded file/folder will be skipped every time a synchronization is performed. When a folder is excluded, all the files and folders contained within it are likewise excluded. For example, if you wanted to synchronize your entire Home folder but did not want to synchronize your “Music” folder, you could select your home folders as one of the targets and then exclude your “Music” folder from the Analyze panel. Read the tip Excluding A File Or Folder for all the details.

Option #5: Create rules which allow you to include or exclude specific files and folders from a synchronization.

If you just want to backup all your Photoshop files to an external hard drive no matter where they are located on your Mac you could select your entire Mac’s hard drive as one target and a folder on the external hard drive as the other target. You could then create a rule to only synchronize Photoshop files - all other types of files will be skipped.

Option #6: Create Alias Folders.

If you wanted to sync three different folders located in various places you would first create a new folder. Then create an alias of each folder that you wanted to synchronize or back up. Finally add the alias of each folder to the new folder you created. Now you can select the new folder as a target and it will synchronize or back up all the folders inside.

Option #7: Use a combination of the above methods to sync exactly what you want.

What if you wanted to synchronize your entire Home folder but not your “Library” folder, but you do want to synchronize your “Mail” folder (which resides in “Library”)? You could create a ChronoSync Express document to synchronize your entire Home folder but excluding your “Library” folder via the “Exclude” action. Then you could create a second ChronoSync Express document to synchronize just your “Mail” folder. Finally, you could combine both ChronoSync Express documents in a single container document. This way your “Library” folder gets completely excluded but the “Mail” folder still gets synchronized. Furthermore, any new folders added to your “Library” folder would not get synchronized so you would not have to modify your exclusions in the future.