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Why does Clone mode look for changes in "right" folder RRS feed

  • Question

  • We are looking for an extreamly low bandwith solution to clone folders.  Why does synch toy look for changes in the destination folder if its simply cloening the folder?  Should it not just look for changes in the source folders/files and then ship those across? 
    Thursday, September 17, 2009 1:44 PM

Answers

  • Hi -

    If you are looking for a solution that will for eg. copy files from the source folder to the destination folder if the destination folder deletes the files - then I am afraid SyncToy is not the solution for you. We look at changes on both sides because we do not want to overwrite any changes that happens on any side without being sure that is what the user wants. So this is a synchronizing solution as opposed to a cloing solution ( it is a good tool as a backup solution ).

    Thanks
    Deepa
    Deepa ( Microsoft Sync Framework)
    Friday, September 18, 2009 9:37 PM
    Moderator

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  • If you set action as synchronize then both side changes will be checked. Action Echo will just care the changes in left  folder.


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    Ping
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    Friday, September 18, 2009 8:58 AM
  • Hi -

    If you are looking for a solution that will for eg. copy files from the source folder to the destination folder if the destination folder deletes the files - then I am afraid SyncToy is not the solution for you. We look at changes on both sides because we do not want to overwrite any changes that happens on any side without being sure that is what the user wants. So this is a synchronizing solution as opposed to a cloing solution ( it is a good tool as a backup solution ).

    Thanks
    Deepa
    Deepa ( Microsoft Sync Framework)
    Friday, September 18, 2009 9:37 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi,
    I use the "Echo" option to sync my "My Documents" folder(left side) to an external USB drive(right side). I use version 2.0. When I do it the first time or sync it to a new folder on the right, the sync works perfect and the next few "Echoes" also work as specified. But somehow, after a few times, the deleted folders on the left are not propagated to the right. I am left with old deleted files/folders on the right side folder.

    I am not sure but I think whenever there is a change in the drive letter of the USB drive, it has this problem. The drive letter set to my USB external drive is not under my control and the system sets it automatically to sometimes "F:" and sometimes to "G:" .  What I do is recreate the folder pair whenever the drive letter changes and do the "Echo" operation. But unfortunately, this doesn't delete the files on the right that were deleted on the left.


    ricch.
    Saturday, September 19, 2009 1:13 AM
  • Hi -

    For the asme reason I gave above - we do not delete folders on the right when it is deleted on the left when a folder pair is recreated. On the other hand, SyncToy should automatically detect and fix drive letters when it changes. Does this not work for you? When the drive letter changes - do nothing about it but hit Preview/Sync and it should work.

    Thanks
    Deepa


    Deepa ( Microsoft Sync Framework)
    Tuesday, September 22, 2009 9:51 PM
    Moderator
  • I said nothing in relation to deletes in the destination folder. 

    I'm wondering why Synchtoy looks at the destination folder at all in clone mode.  It should simply look for changes in the source folder and ship them over to the destination folder.

    Seems the only software capable of doing this is software that contains a database, filereplicationpro to name one and a couple of others do this.  I was hopeing that synchtoy (free) did this as well however it seems to want to compare the destination to the source even in clone mode.


    Tuesday, September 22, 2009 9:56 PM