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Windows 7: is there an app that will compare 2 drives and duplicate differences

18 Mar 2012   #11
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You might want to forget SyncToy and use Windows 7's in-built utility known as Robocopy (Robust Copy).

ROBOCOPY - Create Backup Script


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18 Mar 2012   #12
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iknowjohnny View Post
Oh geez....it never ends ! Now it is no longer syncing when i delete or add a file to either drive. As i said before, even with the app not running i could do anything to either drive and it would automatically do the same to the other. Now it's no longer doing that. Is this app just buggy or what?
You can have it run automatically through Task Scheduler.

Sync Toy as a scheduled task
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18 Mar 2012   #13
wanchoo

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

The program is from Microsoft and so it is unlikely that it is buggy. You are taking time to learn on how to use it properly.

There may be a help file available either in the program's environment or on the Net. Please look for it and read it. It shall guide you on what to do.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iknowjohnny View Post
Oh geez....it never ends ! Now it is no longer syncing when i delete or add a file to either drive. As i said before, even with the app not running i could do anything to either drive and it would automatically do the same to the other. Now it's no longer doing that. Is this app just buggy or what?
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19 Mar 2012   #14
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iknowjohnny View Post
Is this app just buggy or what?
It's not buggy that I know of, but there are many other apps that can synchronize the contents of two drives.

Here are a few you can find with Google.

Allway Sync
Folder clone
GFI backup home edition
Karen's replicator
Syncback
Synchromagic
Second Copy

Most are free and generally use the same principle. The interfaces would be different.

Try them and use the one you understand.
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19 Mar 2012   #15
iknowjohnny

windows 7 professional
 
 

I admit at first i didn't learn it well, but i think now i understand it pretty fully. But it does seem buggy to me. The one thing i'd really like to understand which i mentioned already is this. At one point i saw that if i deleted or added a file to either one of the drives, that same function would happen to the other. Thats great and all, thats what i wanted, tho i figured you have to use the app to do that. But why did it do that WITH THE APP CLOSED AND NOT RUNNING? Then to add to the weirdness, later on it did NOT do that anymore. Thats the most confusing thing so far. I would love it if the 2 drives were synced in that i never had to duplicate any changes i make to either drive because it would automatically be mirrored on the other, all without having to run the app. That would be fabulous, and it was doing that for a bit then stopped. If thats not buggy then tell me what i'm missing so i can make it do that always. that would be perfect.

If i have to i'll try another app, but i hate to install 10 different apps to find one that works and is easy to learn.
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19 Mar 2012   #16
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iknowjohnny View Post
But why did it do that WITH THE APP CLOSED AND NOT RUNNING?


I would love it if the 2 drives were synced in that i never had to duplicate any changes i make to either drive because it would automatically be mirrored on the other, all without having to run the app.
What????

How would an app do anything if it wasn't running?

These apps generally do the synching when ordered to manually from a menu or according to a schedule that the user configures.
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19 Mar 2012   #17
iknowjohnny

windows 7 professional
 
 

You just have to trust me on this...i closed synctoys and I have both drives open in 2 different windows set the same so i could see duplicate files, then deleted, added, etc, and everything i did to either drive was instantly duplicated on the other. Why do you think i mentioned it being "buggy" and "weird" ! But it's not doing that now. Wish it were ! It would be great to be able to simply choose 2 drives/folders to sync together always with no app running, just a windows feature.
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19 Mar 2012   #18
kodi

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I have tried sync toy on three different computers over the last year and have found that it did not work properly on all of them. It is a very buggy software.
I had different problems on all of the computers and in fact I would have lost a lot of data had i Not had it backed up to another drive.
Don't trust it with files you don't want to lose.
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19 Mar 2012   #19
iknowjohnny

windows 7 professional
 
 

Thanks ! I was afraid of that with all the weirdness i experienced. guess i'd toss it and try one of those others. Anyone know of one thats definitely reliable and reasonably simple to learn?
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19 Mar 2012   #20
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iknowjohnny View Post
Thanks ! I was afraid of that with all the weirdness i experienced. guess i'd toss it and try one of those others. Anyone know of one thats definitely reliable and reasonably simple to learn?
Second Copy.

It's been around close to 15 years. I've used it for 10 years with NO problems.

Free 30 day trial.

Then $30, if you want to continue using it.
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