Live Mesh Deleting Folders and Files RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have Live Mesh installed on a Windows XP machine with sync to Desktop. I'm running 0.9.4014.4 on the PC. I share some other folders with four other colleagues as well using Live Mesh.

    I purchased a Macbook Pro and installed Live Mesh for Mac the evening of March 6.

    I added the new machine to the mesh and sync'd the folders that were already sync'd to the Desktop.

    All appeared to be fine.

    Then, today March 8, I noticed that there were several hundred files in the recycle bin from three sub-folders within a Live Mesh folder. These files had been deleted. They show up as having been deleted in the Live Mesh News. I did not delete them.

    This is obviously horrifying.

    Fortunately, I was able to restore all but one file from the recycle bin. (The one file could not be restored...Windows claiming it was in use...but it isn't. I'll retry after rebooting.)

    I had random file deleting occur once before, several months ago, but this time it obviously coincides with the installation of Live Mesh on my new Mac. I have no other synchronization software on any of these machines.

    Please advise.

    Monday, March 8, 2010 4:44 PM


  • Live Mesh will only delete files if it is replicating instructions from another device in the Mesh. The fact that you are sharing folders with other people suggest that one of these people has deleted or moved files out of the Mesh folder on their machine.
    I will remind you that Live Mesh is a beta product and while data loss is rare, you should not be entrusting data to Live Mesh that is not backed up outside of the Mesh.
    ~ Microsoft MVP Windows Live ~ Windows Live OneCare| Live Mesh|MS Security Essentials Forums Moderator ~
    Monday, March 15, 2010 5:33 PM