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SyncToy completes successfully, does nothing RRS feed

  • Question

  • I use SyncToy to echo folders from my desktop onto a portable drive, which I keep offsite. I had to use the portable drive for other purposes, so when I was done, I formatted it and ran SyncToy. I assumed it would realize that there's no files on the target and copy everything over. Nope; it copied a handful of what looked like new files since the last sync, but reported 18000+ files "did not require action", even though they're not on the target drive.

    I thought the SyncToy log files might be the culprit, so I searched for them all on the desktop and deleted them. And emptied the Trash, for good measure. Now it doesn't copy anything at all.

    So clearly it's not actually looking at the files themselves; it's got some sort of internal record of what it THINKS is on the target drive that it uses instead.

    Where is that? Can it be deleted? I really don't want to have to re-create all my folder pairs -- and I'm not sure this won't still be the case even if I do.

    Thoughts?

    Friday, November 18, 2011 4:44 PM