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Would SyncToy work in this situation? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have three 500 GB external hard drives. All three of them are dedicated to music at their respective computers (work, home desktop, laptop). I want to consolidate all three music collections into one master library and then copy that master library back to the three external hard drives so that I have the same library on each computer. I know very little about SyncToy and would love to hear others' input.

    Thanks,

    -B
    Wednesday, September 17, 2008 9:30 PM

Answers

  • Hi B,

     

    Yes, this seems like a very viable use of the sync capabilities in SyncToy.  Have you given it a try? 

     

    Liam

     

    Friday, September 19, 2008 4:52 PM

All replies

  • Hi B,

     

    Yes, this seems like a very viable use of the sync capabilities in SyncToy.  Have you given it a try? 

     

    Liam

     

    Friday, September 19, 2008 4:52 PM
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    I've been using it for this purpose exactly, and I cannot recommend it.

     

    I have three storage locations also; work, home and external HDD. The problem is not so much the fault of SyncToy as it is WMP11. Each time WMP plays a compatible file format, it alters the file. I believe that this is because it is setting a value for 'Last Played' in the ID3 tag data or in the file metadata itself. The long and short of it is that playing a song makes SyncToy think that it is an updated file, and totally overwrites all the other versions. This is a really unneccessary thrashing of the storage drives.

     

    I have not yet verified if WinAmp or MediaMonkey have this problem as well.

     

    The solution would be easy....add a setting to SyncToy that would set a change threshold for file comparisons. Make the switch specific to file types. For example, set the threshold on MP3 files for 1%. If the percentage of changed data in paired files is in excess of 1%, then overwrite. If less than 1%, leave 'em alone.

     

    I have to assume if WMP11 ever gets FLAC compatibility (native, not via FFDSHOW), then it will accordingly fiddle around with them as well. I know it does with WMA and MP3.

     

    Good luck, and if you find a better solution, please post it cause this is driving me nuts.

    Tuesday, November 18, 2008 8:41 PM