Managed to delete EVERYTHING in my Bosses Documents folder! RRS feed

  • Question

  • I was testing Mesh with my Boss. So I created a folder called 'Documents' and put some stuff i it. Synced it up to Mesh then shared it with my boss.

    The following day I saw my folder was full of all sorts of junk, so I deleted it all.

    My boss called and said everythin in his documetns folder had been deleted and could I help him resatore it. I eventually worked out what had happened. When my Boss accepted the share, it put it in his {user} folder. As the shared folder was caled 'Documents' it used his own Documents folder, then synced it up to my local Documents folder I'd shared with him. I deleted everything at my end and I think that's what deleted all his stuff.


    Shouldn't there be a warning or something when you accept a share and it matches an existing folder?

    Or is this just an unhappy coincidence and something else deleted all his documetns?




    Thursday, February 17, 2011 9:18 AM


  • I suspect that you are referring to Windows Live Mesh. 

    For discussion of the new Windows Live Mesh (formerly Sync), (as well as the released Live Sync version) go here:



    Both Live Mesh beta (this forum, service will be dead in about a month) and WIndows Live Mesh *sync* the entire contents of a folder that you add to your Mesh with other PCs in the Mesh that you configure to *sync* that folder. Sync means copy, delete, add, change, etc. so that the folder matches in both places. That's the basic premise. When you share a folder with someone, you can specify rights to allow the other user certain activities.


    However, you apparently ran into a widely reported bug in Windows Live Mesh if you created the shared folder at the root of the drive. The folder will automatically share with the other devices and people into their Documents folder. Since you called the shared folder Documents, it apparently made things worse in that it shared Documents with Documents.


    In any event, when files are deleted from a destination machine by Mesh, the user will find them in their Recycle Bin for recovery unless they exceed its capacity or the user empties the bin.



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    Thursday, February 17, 2011 11:43 AM