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Windows 7: Difficult folder merge - need ideas

17 Jan 2015   #21
trumpy81

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

@Callender, I have tried Araxis but it does not provide what I need.

As for the network shares, it is dependent on the program as to whether or not they support the use of network shares.

The problem here though is not the network share as I first thought, it is the folder location on that share and it's contents and the fact that my locations are not all identical, which is rather silly in my view.

But then WinMerge is aimed at file merging not folder merging, unfortunately.

I do appreciate your input though, you have gone to great lengths to help, Thank You.


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17 Jan 2015   #22
Callender

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

Thanks for that! Well if I find anything else that looks promising I'll post it.
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17 Jan 2015   #23
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

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it is the folder location on that share and it's contents and the fact that my locations are not all identical, which is rather silly in my view
That's precisely why I went with a NAS connected to my Router for storage instead of mapping drives/partitions on individual computers. Windows, by default, starts mapping a network drive with Z:, makes life simple and I can access the files on it from Windows computers, Mac OS X and Linux, either Wired or Wi-FI. Also have 2 printers connected to the Router. If I wanted to run programs across the network I'd install a set up machine and install programs accordingly, I have a suitable machine available and the server software.

One idea for storage, some Routers now come with one or two USB ports for setting up an External USB HDD for storage, I got mine [replacement] after having the NAS for awhile.
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17 Jan 2015   #24
trumpy81

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

@Berton, and what has any of that to do with my original question?
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17 Jan 2015   #25
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

Well, I guess it didn't meet a definition fitting your Subject line of " Difficult folder merge - need ideas". When one asks for ideas it opens up the possibility of a world of suggestions. Of course it could simply be a difference of understanding between various languages.
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17 Jan 2015   #26
trumpy81

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

@Berton, If you had read this thread then you would know that I have a NAS, in fact I have two, and adding a mapped location is a perfectly sound and reasonable thing to do, why you think otherwise is beyond me.

The subject line invites ideas in regards to folder merging, I guess you missed that though.

So, do you have any suggestions about how to merge the contents of two different locations into a single remote location and then be able to track any changes in any of the 3 locations?
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18 Jan 2015   #27
Pyprohly

Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, OS X El Capitan
 
 

Not every post is intented to answer. By posting on this forum, you are asking for free help Trumpy. No member on here is forced to help you, and snapping at another member for an insufficient reply to your liking will only bring more off-topic responses. You came here for one thing, and it isn't going to be hate.
 

Back to answering...

I have two ideas to share.

First of all: some backup programs accept a txt file of a list of files that need to be backed up. If you can find such program, genorating the list of files is easy. No need to even merge anything.

If the above can't be done, and all of the suggestions made by all of the kind users in this thread cannot be met, the following is probably the easiest option that will work.

Second idea: a batch script is made to genorate file Symbolic links in all the folders in D:. Each Symbolic link in D: will represent a file stored in E: and will be placed in D: in the correct folder as was found in E:. When the script is done filling D: with Symbolic links, you may then proceed to run any backup software of your choice on D:. Symbolic links are treated as real files by applications so they will be seen and be backed up too. Ultimately, this process is like merging two folders together.
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18 Jan 2015   #28
trumpy81

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

@Pyprohly, I don't know why you think I was snapping at anyone, maybe it's just the way you read it?

I am not looking to simply 'backup' the files, although that is one purpose I am achieving. I need to monitor what files have been copied and what files have not been, and whether or not I have any duplicates in any of the three locations. Creating text files is easy enough using bat files or cscript etc. but it doesn't provide the compare ops that I need.

I have considered using symlinks but there have been some issues with them. I'd rather keep the filesystem as clean as possible and avoid any possible headaches in that area. I have enough of those already ...
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18 Jan 2015   #29
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trumpy81 View Post
@Pyprohly, I don't know why you think I was snapping at anyone, maybe it's just the way you read it?
Or maybe its just the way you write it
Every suggestion made is either not right or not good enough for you and now you are digging at members for discussing things in your thread.

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18 Jan 2015   #30
Pyprohly

Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, OS X El Capitan
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trumpy81 View Post
I need to monitor what files have been copied and what files have not been, and whether or not I have any duplicates in any of the three locations.
An inconvenience of a situation you are in, Trumpy, indeed; you are asking for much. (With or without Symbolic links) That headache will develop in a new area if you continue to refuse to try any of the recommendations mentioned here for you. There's no use in us handing you anymore content to work with if it's just going to go straight in the trash.


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