SyncToy 2.1 seeing phantom files changes on network drives RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am trying to use SyncToy 2.1 but am seeing a several problems.  Here is what I did:

    1) I copied the data from my desktop to my external drive via eSATA.  I then ran SyncToy to double-check the copy and it said it was all sync'd (as it should).
    2) Then I connected the external drive to my notebook via USB and copied the files there (and checked with SyncToy -- all good again).
    3) Then I plugged the external drive into the router (making it a NAS) and syncing from either the desktop or the notebook see LOADS of files as changed that did not change.

    I also tried syncing directly from my notebook's drive to my desktop, and again SyncToy saw a lot of phantom changes (albeit less than above).  I confirmed all the files that it thinks changed have the same date & time code on both drives.  I also disconnected the external drive from the router and connected via USB to the desktop, and SyncToy saw no changes (as it should).  The folder I am attempting to sync is the My Pictures folder.

    I selected a folder within My Pictures (that was only ~100MB) and tried to do syncs with it, and it still showed phantom file changes.  I ended up doing the sync on this small folder anyway, but until I created folder combos (one D:-to-N: and the other N:-to-D:) and ran them both SyncToy wouldn't properly sync the folders.  And then after it finally did, if I disconnected the NAS external drive (N:) form the router and connected it to the PC via USB the ran SyncToy -- then it again found phantom changes.

    From my experience, SyncToy 2.1 does NOT work well -- at all -- across a Network!

    Thursday, May 13, 2010 5:42 PM

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  • BTW, I am not the only person seeing this problem/bug.  A friend (who is using all different hardware) is having the EXACT same problem.  At this point I have to assume the lack of reply means Microsoft knows about this bug -- but sadly does not have a clue how to fix it.  :(


    Monday, May 17, 2010 4:15 AM