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2013-07-27, 07:58 #1
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SyncToy does not restore files lost from backup.
To see what I mean, use SyncToy to back up a bunch of files, delete a file from the backup, and rerun SyncToy on that directory pair. It will not restore the deleted file. Recently, I started using a new external hard drive for backup, and the only files SyncToy put on it were those I had changed since the last backup to the old external drive.
A remedy is to delete the files by which SyncToy remembers what it thinks is backed up. On my Windows 7 machine, they are
(* refers to a soup of hex digits and hyphens.) Don't delete every file in that folder or you will lose your folder pairs.
For convenience, my start-menu shortcut goes to a .bat file that deletes those files and then starts SyncToy. The Del command needs the option /AH, because those are "hidden" files.
2013-07-27, 14:33 #2
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I gave up on SyncToy some time ago when, because of a network glitch, it wiped my source directory structure because it thought that my target directories were empty.
If you want a more reliable (IMHO!) product I use SyncBackSE (paid-for, but there is a free version available) and Allway Sync (note that the free version is rather limited).BATcher
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