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How to Merge Two Similar Folders in the Mac’s Finder | Computer Hardware

How to Merge Two Similar Folders in the Mac’s Finder | Computer Hardware

You have two folders whose contents – hundreds of files or more – are similar but not identical. Maybe you're recovering from a sync failure, or maybe you pulled an older version of a folder from a backup and aren't sure what's different. Regardless, here's how you can integrate them into Finder. Make sure the folders have the same name and are in two different locations on your Mac. Press and hold the Option key, then drag the folder with more files to the folder with fewer files. In the dialog that appears, click Merge to copy only new files from the source and those not already in the destination. (it is. no two-way synchronization; You need an app for that. ChronoSync.) The Merge button only appears if the source folder contains files that are not in the destination. If folders contain only different versions of identically named files, you'll only get the Stop and Replace buttons. To be safe, always work on copies of your folders and check your work afterwards to make sure you've done the right things.

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