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tps
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Beware of Synctoy

Mon Jan 01, 2007 2:29 pm

I have 2 USB hard drives with supposedly identical copies of my music library. Periodically, I use Microsoft Synctoy to ensure that everything is mirrored properly between the drives. That way, if I have problems with one of the drives, I'll still have everything on the other drive.

Last night, Windows decided it needed to run chkdsk on one of the drives. It found a few messed up files in one directory, which it deleted. Now I run synctoy to, among other reasons, restore the files from the good drive. Good thing I always run in preview mode so I can look at the steps before it does them. SYNCTOY WAS PLANNING TO DELETE THE FILES FROM THE GOOD DRIVE!

Typical of Microsoft, their tools do the opposite of what you want. Microsoft would probably make the stupid claim that synctoy WAS bringing the disks into sync by deleting the files. Next time I buy a Microsoft product, maybe I should ask the store to pay me the purchase price rather than pay them!

Oh well, I guess synctoy, unlike other Microsoft products, is worth what I paid for it: $0.
 
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Mon Jan 01, 2007 7:43 pm

Hey TPS! Check out scootersoft's BeyondCompare2. :)
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Tue Jan 02, 2007 2:39 am

wideasleep1 wrote:
Hey TPS! Check out scootersoft's BeyondCompare2. :)


Do you have a link to this tool? :wink:
 
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Tue Jan 02, 2007 4:05 am

Zoxxo wrote:
wideasleep1 wrote:
Hey TPS! Check out scootersoft's BeyondCompare2. :)


Do you have a link to this tool? :wink:


Yep!
http://www.scootersoftware.com/
Then as it was, then again it will be

An' though the course may change sometimes,

rivers always reach the sea



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mr rusty
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Tue Jan 02, 2007 5:24 am

I use sync toy and so far it has been 100% reliable. It is worth checking the various options. If you use "combine" rather than "synchronize", you still get changed files synced, but no deletes and renames are cross copied/deleted. This IMHO is safer. Years ago I used a backup/restore routine that came with my ZIP drive and I suddenly realised one day that this was going to pull the same trick before I killed the PC on the power button.
 
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Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:48 am

do you have a link tool?????
 
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Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:54 am

^^^spammer^^^
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Toxic Lemon
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Sat Apr 05, 2008 4:09 pm

I use Allway Synch. It's free for personal use and synch's my music beautifully from my NAS to my USB back up. I decided to buy a licence anyway as it was only £10 ($20) and highly recommend it. The licence is for lifetime u/g and support. :D

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