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Windows 7: SyncToy and NAS Problems

31 Jan 2011   #1

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
SyncToy and NAS Problems


I've been thinking about experimenting with SyncToy to maintain an incremental backup of some data files. Having done a bit of reasearch, I found this:


Important NAS and SyncToy 2.0 Information
  • Liam Cavanagh - MSFTMicrosoftMonday, April 20, 2009 10:00 PM
    Please note that there are known issues when using SyncToy 2.0 with a Home NAS. When using a NAS, there is a chance of file corruption. We have found this to be the case across the board for all NAS configurations. We highly recommend that users avoid using SyncToy 1.x and 2.0 with NAS configurations.

    This issue will be fixed in an upcoming release. Unfortunately there are no known workarounds for this issue with SyncToy 2.0 and previous builds.

SyncFx - SyncToy-File Synchronization Forum

This quite some time ago now, and I wonder if anyone is aware of whether this issue is being worked on or addressed? Or has SyncToy been abandoned?


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31 Jan 2011   #2

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1

I am using SyncToy 2.1 Ver 10/19/2009 with Win 7 X64. I have no problems that I am aware of. I have checked some files that were created, moved or updated and found no corruption. I am running a home network created by Windows 7. (Not sure what NAS is exactly?)
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31 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 64 bit SP1

Yeah, look into 2.1. I use it regularly but not on a NAS. But the release notes below state:

  • Fixed the data corruption issue when using SyncToy with NAS drives.

Download details: SyncToy 2.1
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31 Jan 2011   #4

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64

Thanks Gene - will check it out

FYI Hammerhead : Network Attached Storage
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01 Feb 2011   #5

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
Sync Toy

Thanks for defining NAS. I gave up on Sync Toy. I just didn't like it for some reason. I dl'd the free copy of GoodSync It has a lot of features. I test driving it now.
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02 Feb 2011   #6

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64

SyncToy 2.1 works nicely with my NAS. I was a bit concerned because I didn't see a schedule option, but after reading the help, I see it can be scheduled using some command line parameters via Windows Task Scheduler.
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