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Windows 7: Difficult folder merge - need ideas

18 Jan 2015   #31
trumpy81

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

The thing is that I HAVE tried the suggestions here. Have you not read this thread?


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18 Jan 2015   #32
Pyprohly

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

My bad, you have tried something. You tried one thing. One suggestion by Callender, and to all the other suggestions you say you either already have tried it or "it's not an option" for you.

If you're open for another suggestion, here's one: bigger harddrive. (honestly the real solution for you)
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18 Jan 2015   #33
trumpy81

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

So, now I have to document everything I have tried just to satisfy you?

Bigger Hard Drive? Is 4TB big enough for you or how about 13 of them plus 4 x 2TB, does that satisfy you?

You obviously have not read the thread or perhaps I have not made things clear enough. If that is the case then I apologise.

What I need is a way to merge Folder A (Drive A) and Folder B (Drive B) and copy them to Folder C on my DS1813+ NAS. I need to be able to keep track of all 3 locations to avoid duplicates and to make sure that all files have been copied to Folder C, on a regular basis.

The files on Drive A (Folder A) are also copied to my smaller NAS which is all but full. I do change/replace some of the files on Drive A (Folder A) from time to time so I need to watch that also. That is the easy part though.

At present, I copy Folder A (Drive A) to one folder on the NAS and Folder B (Drive B) to another separate folder on the NAS which is simple enough using Beyond Compare 3, but Beyond Compare, like all the other programs I have tried, cannot deal with a third location and merging the first two locations.

I hope that explains it a little more for you?
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18 Jan 2015   #34
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Another suggestion

Take a look at:

Karen's Replicator

You could set up two jobs to run consecutively.

Note: Merging would involve setting up a job to copy from A to C then setting up another job to copy from B to C. You can run as many jobs as you like either on demand or schedule. The program was written in VB for Vista but works fine on Windows 7.

Edit: Still not sure how to compare C with both A and B.
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18 Jan 2015   #35
trumpy81

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

@Callender, I have used Karen's replicator in the past, before I found Beyond Compare, but as you noted, there's no way to keep track of what is in location C. There are lot's of very good programs available, but the majority of them only deal with A -> B type scenarios.

I may have to try Symlinks even though it is against my better judgement, they are not 100% suitable though as all the folders I use are years and decades, which doesn't leave much wiggle room to add a link into the folders.

Thanks for your continued support though, it is very much appreciated.
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18 Jan 2015   #36
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Karen's Replicator

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trumpy81 View Post
@Callender, I have used Karen's replicator in the past, before I found Beyond Compare, but as you noted, there's no way to keep track of what is in location C. There are lot's of very good programs available, but the majority of them only deal with A -> B type scenarios.

I may have to try Symlinks even though it is against my better judgement, they are not 100% suitable though as all the folders I use are years and decades, which doesn't leave much wiggle room to add a link into the folders.

Thanks for your continued support though, it is very much appreciated.
If I think of anything else... I'll post it!
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18 Jan 2015   #37
doctore

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

I seem to be a bit confused about this scenario...

There is no way you can keep two folders with the same name in the same directory in Windows, that's just impossible.

The only way is to "encapsulate" each within a unique folder, for example,

C:\Folder1 -> Backup to NAS2\CFolder1
D:\Folder1 -> Backup to NAS2\DFolder1

Any backup program will let you select the files you want to backup, the destination you want them backed up to and the frequency of the backup.

Am I missing something here?
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19 Jan 2015   #38
trumpy81

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I think you are missing the point a little, what you described is pretty much what I do now.

What I want to do though is to include the contents from Drive A and Drive B but merge them together on Drive C. A->C and B->C. All three locations have the same folder structure but different contents with C being a combination of both A & B.

I cannot simply merge A & B drives, even though it is possible, because the files on A are copied to two different NAS while B drive is copied to only one NAS. Like the title says, this is DIFFICULT

As an update, I tried Symbolic links but I was unable to merge A & B into a single location using them.
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