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    Question Synching or copying folder contents?

    Hi folks; Awhile back, I started moving my music files from an old drive to the new computer. (The old drive is in an external USB drive case.) I got sidetracked on the project and now want to finish the task. But since then, I've added and deleted music from both drives. So . . .

    Whats the easiest way to copy files from one folder to another, wherein, dupes are ignored, rather than overwritten? What I'm hoping to avoid is opening the source folder, and then drag-'n-dropping to the new, since the two folders won't show in the window at the same time. (I mean, I have to scroll back and forth since the file list is so long.) Am I making sense?

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    Edit: I think what I'm asking is, is there a two-pane Explorer add-on for Win 7?
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    Artie,

    You can use either SyncToy 2.1 or Robocopy to sync up the drives.
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    is there a two-pane Explorer add-on for Win 7
    This site (note it also links to an updated one) predates Win7, but somewhat answers your original question:

    http://www.simplehelp.net/2006/10/11...-and-reviewed/

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    Thanks guys.

    Geek: Of those two, do you use and/or recommend one over the other?

    Zig: Good info, but as you already pointed, somewhat outdated. None of the programs listed Win 7. I'm going to take a little more time now and click on the links and see if any of those have updated to the current OS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by artied2 View Post
    Geek: Of those two, do you use and/or recommend one over the other?
    Of the two SyncToy is the easier to use, i.e. GUI vs Command Line.
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    Thanks Geek. I just tried Robocopy GUI and am a little disappointed by the interface. For example, if you're going to write a GUI, your "copy options" screen should offer more than just /s, /t, /x, etc. Why not say what those options are right on the screen.

    I'll check out SyncToy now.

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    Ok . . . SyncToy appears to be a very nice utility. I'm going to play with this awhile.

    Thanks again Geek.

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    I highly recommend using xplorer2 (just updated to 2.0) - dual panes, with multiple tabs in each pane; robust copy and move functions, configurable; visual filtering (like showing only all the Beatles songs in your 20,000 song collection), and much, much more. I've been a paid user for over 5 years, and have it on every computer I own.

    21 day trial of the full version is available at this website: http://zabkat.com/index.htm
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    Hey PJ. I'll look at that. Is the trial version full-featured? If I decide not to use it, does it uninstall easily?

    Thanks.

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    The trial is completely full featured, and uninstallation is easy. There's an active help forum located here that will help with any questions you have. The developer - it's a one-man show - is always on the forums, too.

    I really can't recommend this software enough. I have it on all my computers, from XP to Win 7, and run it off a stick via a custom portable version the developer provides (for a small fee) at work where I don't have administrator rights, but need a decent file manager to access multiple network shares, etc.

    Here's a screenshot of my home setup ...

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    Best tool I've seen for syncing is ViceVersa. You can set it up to periodically sync any number of folders, and do it as simply as "just do it" all the way to a complete set of rules that govern exactly how you want the sync carried out. I've been using it for years to keep four machines in sync. It's not a continuous, real-time sync: It only runs when you tell it to. The best part is that you don't have to set up specific, dedicated sync folders like you do with Dropbox, Stash, etc. It works on the folders you already have in place.

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    Thanks for the screenshot PJ.

    And thanks for that info LG, although, "syncing" per se, is not exactly what I'm shooting for. One of the main tasks that I want to perform is to add and delete new/old songs from my SanDisk media player. So, I want to remove songs that I haven't listened to in awhile, and add new songs from my whole collection. A folder "sync" wouldn't really do that well, but a side-by-side Explorer window would.

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    Ah: Understood. The way I do things like that is to just open two instances of Windows Explorer. You can drag-and-drop to your heart's content, even across computers and devices.

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    Interesting. How do you do that? If I click the Explorer icon a second time, the first window just minimizes. How do you get a 2nd instance to start?

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    Quote Originally Posted by artied2 View Post
    Interesting. How do you do that? If I click the Explorer icon a second time, the first window just minimizes. How do you get a 2nd instance to start?
    Artied,

    Hold down the SHIFT key while clicking the second time.
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