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I have a cluster of about 10 eMac's that are all running the exact same OS, programs, and have the exact same hardware. Is there any way to synchronize them to all contain the exact same files (Music mostly, used in Audio Editing), and settings?

This would be a one time sync. They are running either OS X 10.3 (Panther) or 10.4 (Tiger)

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The following method will allow you to clone the eMac with all your goodies on it to all the other eMacs. The following will use the OS X Disk Utility (free and very good) without needing to disassemble any hardware or need to doing anything crazy

You will need:
a. An OS X install Disc
b. A firewire cable (6 pin to 6 pin)
c. eMac A - the Mac that you want to copy to the other machines
d. eMac's B through K that Mac's that you want to have like eMac A

This is one of several methods, but this will not require the least equipment:
1. Take eMac A and boot to the OS X installation disc.
2. Prepare [eMac B] by booting it into Target Disk Mode by holding the "T" key after hitting the power button. (you should see a firewire symbol floating on the screen)
3. Connect eMac A to [eMac B] via the firewire cable.
4. On eMac A click on the "Utilities" menu at the top of the screen and then click "Disk Utility"
5. On the left side of the Disk Utility screen, you will see the internal drive eMac As well as the drive for [eMac B] which will appear as a firewire drive. Select the [eMac B] drive and click the restore tab on the right pane of this window.
6. Drag the drive icon for eMac A to the source box.
7. Drag the drive icon for [eMac B] into the destination box.
8. Click the "Restore" button at the bottom lower right-hand region of the window.
9. Wait...
10. Once the restore is complete - disconnect [eMac B] and turn it off using the power button and turn it back on... test out your newly cloned Mac!
11. Follow steps 2-10 on [eMac C], [eMac D], etc...

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Going to test this out, I'll tell you how it goes –  Simon Sheehan Jun 14 '11 at 10:34
    
Looks good, thanks! –  Simon Sheehan Jun 14 '11 at 20:02
    
Glad to have helped! –  Dustin G. Jun 15 '11 at 5:03

Carbon Copy Cloner seems to have the ability to copy selected files, or clone the entire drive. It's free to try, too.

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