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SyncToy creating and deleting the same files RRS feed

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    I am synchronizing data (documents and photos) between a laptop and a desktop using an external hard drive. I have created the same Folder Pairs on both machines, one for documents and one for pictures. Both my laptop and desktop have fresh Windows 7 installations. All files where initially located on my external hard drive and I synchronized them successfully to my laptop and desktop. The next day, I added some photos in my desktop and made a preview of the ‘Picture’ Sync process. I was surprised when I saw that besides the new files I added (going from desktop to external drive), a lot of other files would be deleted and created again (from external hard drive to desktop). The same happened when I previewed the ‘Documents’  Sync, random files would be deleted and created again although I had performed no changes.

    After this, I did not perform any action; I disconnected the external hard drive and made a preview of the same Sync process between external drive and laptop. I was expecting to see no changes, as there were no new files on my external drive or laptop. Unfortunately, again SyncToy detected changes suggesting that some random files should be deleted and created again.

    I would be grateful if anybody has any idea of what is happening here and could help me. I won’t perform any sync action until I get a solution to the problem because I am afraid of potential data loss because of SyncToy’s unexpected behavior.

    Thursday, January 7, 2010 10:51 AM

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  • Did you use syncToy 2.1, if not I suggest you upgrade to it. And also, if your external hard drive has fat 32 file format, with SyncToy 2.0 there may has problem.


    Thanks,
    Ping


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    Saturday, January 9, 2010 8:41 AM