Using SyncToy 2.1 after reformatting backup flash drive RRS feed

  • Question

  • I use SyncToy 2.1 to backup and synchronize files between two computers.  I have 25 or so folder pairs, and use a Lexar Echo MX 128GB flash drive as the backup drive.  I recently had to reformat the flash drive due to some file corruption issues.  After the drive was reformatted, I had to recreate all of the folder pairs, which took a lot of time.  I realize that there are marker files in all the folders involved in the folder pairs, and that once you reformat the drive or change to a new drive those markers are no longer valid, even if the drive letter is the same (as it was in this case for me).  But I was wondering if there is some way to trick SyncToy into thinking the markers are still valid--perhaps by copying them from the old folders--so as to avoid having to create brand new folder pairs identical to the originals?

    Thanks for any advice you can give.
    Sunday, July 22, 2012 3:22 PM

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  • I have a similar issue. Let's say you have an SD card that you use with a camera, and you just want to "Contribute" the files to a backup location with SyncToy. From time to time, the card may get re-formatted. Rather than give me the message "Failed to execute folder pair: This folder pair cannot be synchronized because SyncToy cannot find the correct marker file in the folder <xxx> to <yyy>. Please recreate the folder pair if this is the correct drive and folder to synchronize. <OK>"

    I believe that if the action is "Contribute" and the marker file is missing from the source only, SyncToy could instead (1) give me a warning like the above, and (2) give me the option to proceed and overwrite (ie, recreate) my destination marker and create a source marker.

    Normally, I wouldn't remove the marker from the source SD that the camera uses, but the last camera firmware update said it required reformatting the SD card.

    I don't have as much work to redo as jadocja but it is meaningless work because I am recreating exactly the same folder pairs. It's only complicated in that I use include/exclude to sync my camera pictures with one folder pair and sync my camera videos with another folder pair.

    Monday, June 30, 2014 5:54 PM