loss of system files after folder renaming in echo mode in synctoy 2.1 RRS feed

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  • System: windows 7 professional 64-bit in echo mode using synctoy 2.1

    System files (e.g. thumb.db) are lost when renaming folders.  A few related questions:

    1) the actions synctoy took for renaming folders are: folders to be renamed are first deleted and then re-created using new names.  Is this the intended course of action instead of simply renaming the folders?

    2) all the sub-folders in the folders being renamed are also deleted and re-created (though their names stay the same), while the files in the folders are just renamed)  but in the process, system files (e.g. thumb.db) are not preserved and they are moved to recycle bin.  As a result, if I want to check if the “echo” process completed successfully by looking at the file counts and memory usage, I would get discrepancies (less files on the rightside folder due to missing system).  

    Friday, November 13, 2009 10:28 PM


  • HI,

    SyncToy 2.1 DO NOT sync system file "thumb.db", SyncToy ingore all the thumb.db in everytime sync.

    The issue that you said may due to Win7/Vista new feature, pls check the information as below:


    Beginning with Windows Vista, thumbnail previews are stored in a centralized location on the system. This provides the system with access to images independent of their location, and addresses issues with the locality of Thumbs.db files. The cache is stored at %homedrive%\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer as a number of files with the label thumbcache_xxx.db (numbered by size); as well as an index used to find thumbnails in each sized database. However, when browsing network shares with write permission, Windows Vista SP1 stores a Thumbs.db file in the remote directory instead of using the (local) central thumbcache.[citation needed]

    More detailed click here.

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    • Proposed as answer by Danish Wang Friday, November 27, 2009 8:35 AM
    • Marked as answer by polaron Sunday, November 29, 2009 5:59 PM
    Friday, November 27, 2009 6:53 AM