I’m a pretty big fan of DropBox, the remote back up service with version control and file sharing. It works on Mac, Linux and Windows. I use it nearly every day to back up important files and pass documents to colleagues in a safe version-controlled environment. (I wrote a brief explanation of DropBox last summer if you’re interested.) There is also a web interface that allows access to your files no matter what computer you happen to be using at the time.
The only problem I saw with the service was its inability to back up files residing outside your DropBox folder.
I found a solution to this problem recently on the DropBox wiki. The solution is brilliantly simple, but requires a short Terminal command to create a symbolic link. Let’s say you would like to back up a folder called “Projects” that lives inside your “Documents” folder. Open your Terminal and type the following command:
This command will create a symbolic link of your Projects folder into your DropBox. I have tested this in Mac OSX and Linux (Ubuntu) and it works beautifully. There is a hack to make it work in Windows as well.
By the way, I’m not affiliated with DropBox in any way, I just happen to think it’s a beautiful piece of software.
If you’re interested, you can get a free DropBox account here.
If you already have a DropBox account, do you have any tips or tricks to share in the comments?