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    Dear friends

    we have a large folder structure containing of folders and files from three machines. This large folder structure is now on a single XP pro. machine. A part af this folder structure was cleared by our boss when he realized that a lot of the files and folders are duplicative existent. So our question is what's the easiest way to find out which folders and files we need?

    Thanks in advance!

    Thomas

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    Re: How to synchronize two folder structures (including a lot of files)

    Hi Thomas,

    I do not fully understand your question. The title says "How to synchronise two folder structures..." - well, this can be done using ROBOCOPY which is a Microsoft tool, and it is very powerful. Download the Server 2003 resource kit (which includes Robocopy) from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...DisplayLang=en

    But in your main question, you ask "what is the easiest way to find out which files and folders we need". Can you explain a bitmore by what you mean by "Need"? Did your boss delete some files that you want back? Do you only want to keep files that are newer than a certain date? Or do you want to de-duplicate the folder tree and see which files are duplicate copies so that you can delete those?

    I am sorry that I did not understand your question properly. Please explain a little more and I will try my best to help you.
    Best wishes,
    PaulH.
    MCP:Server 2003; MCITP:Server 2008; MCTS: SBS2008

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    • #3
      Re: How to synchronize two folder structures (including a lot of files)

      Also check out Microsoft's Sync Toy
      http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en

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        Re: How to synchronize two folder structures (including a lot of files)

        tk1, you should explain better what is the problem.
        From your title, it sounds that you need a synchronizing solution. But from the body of your post, it sounds like you need a cleanup.
        If we're talking cleanup here, how exactly do you expect someone else to know what files do you need and which you can delete?
        I can tell you to look for the Last Accessed parameter of every file. And those who where not accessed in, let's say, three years, dump them. And if you'll discover later that there was an error? That you needed and archived file? Or there are a lot of files 18 months old that can be erased?
        I would back everything up, delete what I think is OK and pray I did the right thing. In the worst case scenario, go to the backup and recover the needed file.
        BTW, there are a lot of tools that allow you to find duplicate files and folders. A quick search will be enough: http://www.google.co.il/search?hl=en...uplicate+files. There's even a free tool: http://www.snapfiles.com/get/dupfilefinder.html . Did not test it, you'll have to do that yourself.
        But first, please clarify what is the problem.

        Sorin Solomon


        In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
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