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Windows 7: Difficult folder merge - need ideas

16 Jan 2015   #1
trumpy81

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Difficult folder merge - need ideas

OK guys, I have 2 Hard drives, both drives contain the same folders but with different files in each folder.

What I need to do is combine the contents of both drives somehow without physically merging the files on those drives so that they can be backed up to a single location on one of my NAS.

I use Beyond Compare to do my backups but when I attempt to do what I want, the folder sync operation wants to delete the files from one drive or the other, depending on which drive is selected at the time. I can set up file ignore rules, but there is just too damn many files to deal with. I have similar issues with other backup software also.

EG:

Drive D: ------> Single Folder On NAS 2
Drive E: -^

Drive D: ------> NAS 1

The files on Drive D: are uploaded to two different NAS's one of which is full. So no files can be added to D: and therefore any additional files are added to Drive E:. The files on Drive E: are uploaded to only one NAS which has room to spare.

Anyone have any suggestions?


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16 Jan 2015   #2
Berton

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

As I understand the question, I just create 2 Folders on my NAS, open a second copy of Windows Explorer, set them side by side, go the Folder to be copied and drag it to the first WE window. One of the reasons I do it that way is that it's much faster later to move files from one Folder to another Folder on the same drive as desired and the other is to run a duplicate checking program on them which seems to be always faster than checking one HDD against another. I do have to be careful with the drag and drop that I get the right target.
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16 Jan 2015   #3
trumpy81

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yeah that could work, but I need to keep an eye on what is copied and what is not and to where, so that I know when I need to update the backup and so on.

Dealing with TB's of files can take a lot of time copying from one place to another even if they are located on the same physical drive which is one of the reasons I'm looking for a better solution ... lol
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16 Jan 2015   #4
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Copy only changed files

Well I tend to use the software mention here:

Free utility or inbuilt program to compare source & destination files

If I want to move folders and files so that they are identical in specified locations. Note: Test copy will show expected results without actually moving the files. Not sure about speed when copying a huge number of files as I've never had a backup that was totally out of sync.
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16 Jan 2015   #5
doctore

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Renaming the files is not an option?

You may want to give Acronis a shot.
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17 Jan 2015   #6
trumpy81

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

@Callender, Teracopy doesn't work the way I need it to at all. If memory serves it is similar to beyond compare as far as file syncing goes.

@Doctore, No, renaming the files is not an option.

Yeah I have tried Acronis and quite a few others, they all suffer from the same issue. If you are 'syncing' files from one drive and there are files from the other drive present, they want to delete the files that are already there.
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17 Jan 2015   #7
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Personally I use FreeFileSync which gives you the ability to select sync options ie Update, Mirror or custom profile etc
This allows you to tell it to not delete any files, if I understand your problem correctly it may be worth a look
FreeFileSync | Free backup software to synchronize files and synchronize folders on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X

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17 Jan 2015   #8
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
TSR Copy Changed Files & WinMerge

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trumpy81 View Post
@Callender, Teracopy doesn't work the way I need it to at all. If memory serves it is similar to beyond compare as far as file syncing goes.
Sorry - posted the link to the entire thread instead of this post (in the same thread)

Free utility or inbuilt program to compare source & destination files
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17 Jan 2015   #9
trumpy81

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

You see the biggest problem with all of these programs is that they only copy from A to B.

I need something that copies from A & B to C.

Thanks for the replies so far though guys, there are some good suggestions among them.

I found a small program called FolderMerge on SourceForge and it does half of what I need, that is, it will copy from A & B to C but there is no way to compare C with A & B to make sure everything is up to date and no duplicates etc.
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17 Jan 2015   #10
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
File Copy multiple drives

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trumpy81 View Post
You see the biggest problem with all of these programs is that they only copy from A to B.

I need something that copies from A & B to C.

Thanks for the replies so far though guys, there are some good suggestions among them.

I found a small program called FolderMerge on SourceForge and it does half of what I need, that is, it will copy from A & B to C but there is no way to compare C with A & B to make sure everything is up to date and no duplicates etc.
It should be possible to copy from A to C. Then copy from B to C excluding duplicates that exist on C already using TSR Copy Changed Files. Only you can't do it in one step.

Try Duplicate Cleaner Free to search for duplicates in multiple locations/ drives.

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Edit: Also check out AutoVer.

Beanland: AutoVer

I've used this at work on aa network drive but don't have it installed on my home computer. It's tricky to set up and needs to be left running in the background but it can make real time copies every time file or folder content is changed. Configuring the "Watcher" is the hard part.


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