SyncToy 2.0 not synchronizing deleted or renamed files/folders using Echo. RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi there.

    I recently discovered SyncToy. It rules! What a nice interface and so easy to use. For the most part it works flawlessly. However, I'm running into a bit of a problem here.

    I have two hard drives. The F: drive is a USB hard drive and the D: drive is an internal IDE. The F: drive is the main source and the D: drive is the backup. I have all sorts of files on the F: drive which I desire to backup - audio, pictures, zip files, rar files, etcetera. Previously I have done a simple "copy and paste" from F: to D:, erasing all files on D: to get a perfect mirrored backup each time I need one. SyncToy eliminates the need to do this by hand, but...

    Whenever I run SyncToy in Echo mode it refuses to delete folders or files. For example, I have a Folder called Pics on D: that has been deleted on F: - SyncToy does _not_ delete said folder on D:. Another instance would be having renamed all files in a folder on F: and, instead of renaming all the files on D:, it merely copies the new files over and does nothing with the old ones, thus I have two sets of duplicates in the D: folder now.

    Am I doing something wrong? Do I need to delete all files on D: and "echo" all the files from F: onto D: before SyncToy will register any changes - deletes or renames?

    Thank you in advance for any and all help. I am running SyncToy 2.0 on Windows XP Home SP3.

    Monday, September 21, 2009 7:55 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    Thank you for your choosing SyncToy. It's really a good tool for your daily synchronizing.

    I'm afraid you should clear one thing  about SyncToy: SyncToy is not a tool to make your LeftFolder equal to your RightFolder, but a tool to reflect the changes from LeftFolder to LeftFolder. So, actually speaking, if you want to make SyncToy synchronize deleted and renamed files, you should delete or rename these files before the first syncing by SyncToy.

    I hope this can be a illumination of your question.





    Monday, March 22, 2010 9:21 AM
  • Hi Bryce -

    I would do exactly that you suggested - delete all your files on D:. Create a new folder pair and "echo" all the files from F: to D:. This should fix your problem.


    Deepa ( Microsoft Sync Framework)
    Thursday, March 25, 2010 10:55 PM