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Windows 7: Difficult folder merge - need ideas

17 Jan 2015   #11
trumpy81

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

@Callender, Yes, I can copy manually or otherwise from A & B to C, but there is no way to compare C to A & B. That is the problem, no compare. I need to know what is contained in all 3 locations in order to avoid duplicates and missing files. Don't forget we are talking a lot of files that add up to TB's worth of data.

Your proposal would work, but it requires a lot of steps to be performed manually and leaves room for error.


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17 Jan 2015   #12
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
WinMerge unofficial build

Well just for the sake of it I'm going to install WinMerge (unsupported build) 3 way merge just to see what it can do. I'm not sure that it will do what you ask - compare C with combined contents of A and B but who knows?

Unofficial WinMerge builds
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17 Jan 2015   #13
trumpy81

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

@Callender, thanks for that, the 3 way merge in Winmerge sounds promising. I have installed WinMerge before but it did not do what I needed, maybe this unofficial version will do the trick. Fingers crossed ...
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17 Jan 2015   #14
trumpy81

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

@Callender, I installed the 3 way version, but it did not do what I needed. It is more geared to text file compare rather than folder compare.
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17 Jan 2015   #15
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
WinMerge 3 way

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trumpy81 View Post
@Callender, I installed the 3 way version, but it did not do what I needed. It is more geared to text file compare rather than folder compare.
Funny that - I've just installed it myself and it can indeed compare drives/ folders and files. Where are you going wrong?

Compared 3 non identical drives (for test purposes).

Created a folder named Portable Apps on all 3 drives with some file differences in the Undelete Navigator folder.

Here's what I see:

Select Drives - type the drive letters

Difficult folder merge - need ideas-winmerge-select-files-folders-.jpg

Results show missing or identical files and folders (only files shown in this screenshot)

Difficult folder merge - need ideas-winmerge-c__-d__-v__-.jpg

The test folder (Portable Apps) with differences shown:

Difficult folder merge - need ideas-winmerge-portable-apps_-d__-v__-.jpg

Will upload another screenshot in a minute or two showing folder difference in all 3 drives for Portable Apps folder and add it to this post.


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17 Jan 2015   #16
trumpy81

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

@Callender, For me, the third location is a network share. WinMerge doesn't like network shares.
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17 Jan 2015   #17
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Folder differences

Okay skip what I said about attaching another screenshot. What it does is:

If folders are identical in all 3 locations including files contained in those folders - they're not shown in the results.

If folders do not exist in all 3 locations folder differences shown in the results.

If file content is not identical in all 3 locations those files are shown in the results.

Must choose the option to include subfolders.

Additionally there are options to copy or move files and folders.
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17 Jan 2015   #18
trumpy81

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

@Callender, nope it doesn't work for me at all. I mapped a folder on the NAS as Z: but it still won't accept my folder locations.


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17 Jan 2015   #19
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Network Share

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trumpy81 View Post
@Callender, For me, the third location is a network share. WinMerge doesn't like network shares.
Okay - sorry I can't test that from here but you must be right! A quick search of the documentation reveals that network shares are supported in the regular version but that won't meet your needs.

I can find paid for solutions that I have not used. Maybe take a look at:

Araxis Merge
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17 Jan 2015   #20
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Path to network share

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trumpy81 View Post
@Callender, For me, the third location is a network share. WinMerge doesn't like network shares.
Looks like you need an expert on network shares to comment on this. Maybe the path selection isn't right? Not sure!
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