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Smart Copy not copying from source to destination

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    Smart Copy not copying from source to destination


    the tool used to make the 'Smart Copy' is "Link Shell Extension (LSE)" on Windows 8.1 pro


    Here I have (2) seperate drives.



    1. Steam
    2. Steam-backup



    I want to Smart Copy source to destination (1 to 2) but synchronization doesn't work. Here I have a .txt file in source but not updated in destination (I really want it to work vice versa if possible).


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    don't know about that app , have you tried the same with freefilesynch ?
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    It does not work because you are making copies to the same location on the hard disk. The link shell extension (it uses mklink command) is kind of similar to making a shortcut but not quite, with shortcut you cannot copy anything to it. To the OS, the physical location of a folder on disk is the same for both folder and the linked folder, so it will not work. You probably have been using this without realizing it. For example, if you move the locations of your documents/pictures/videos in the libraries from C drive to D drive by right click on them->Properties then change location, it practically create a junction link.
    Bottom line is if you copy something to one folder, it will then reflect on the other. A good example to use it, is when you have a small HD, and you want to install some games which take a huge amount of disk storage and in some case the games must be install under C:\Program Files then in that case you would install as usual, move the content of it to another Drive then make a junction link so it would satisfy the program configuration. I hope I explain clear enough.

    To make a backup, you just create a regular folder. Not link folder.
    Last edited by topgundcp; 23 May 2014 at 15:36.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wullail View Post
    don't know about that app , have you tried the same with freefilesynch ?
    Ok, tested that 'synchronization' software and noticed it's not live. You have to manually synchronize it by using the program. So any way to have this be scheduled or right away (live)?

    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcd
    It does not work because you are making copies to the same location on the hard disk
    Nope. The source is C:\ and the destination is D:\

    LSE has another command called 'Smart Mirror' I guess they both are just special with the physical folder keeping the links reference-wise (folder within the physical folder).

    So, basically I can't do what I want (mirror both sides) with LSE?
    Last edited by fohrums; 23 May 2014 at 20:34.
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    Nope. The source is C:\ and the destination is D:\
    I know that and that's how junction link works. It only take a few bytes to create a junction link that behave like a real folder except it point to the same place on the hard disk as the other folder.

    For Example:
    1. Create a folder on D Drive called D:\test and copy some files into it.
    2. Open the elevated command prompt and type mklink /J C:\test1 D:\test.
    3. Now to the OS, C:\test1 is a folder but it contains the same info as D:\test.
    4. Open C:\test1, you would see all the files that you copied to D:\test in step 1
    5. Now If you copy some files into C:\test1, it will not occupy any storage on C Drive but in fact you copy those files into D:\test
    Last edited by topgundcp; 23 May 2014 at 21:19.
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    You could set up a scheduled task that runs freefilesynch on logoff/logon...

    If you don't mind a paid program, I find secondcopy pretty good and reliable...that can be set to run at any interval if needed and it runs in the background.
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    So in other words, the method of using the 'symlink' commands in windows with the program Link Shell Extension (LSE) cannot provide the concept of {Mirrored} folders exactly like how RAID 1 configuration would work.

    This only pertains to shortcuts, meaning; you have a physical source and a destination source serving as a shortcut (redirecting) to source location.

    HOW MY PROBLEM GOT FIXED: since I can't use LSE I have to use a 'synchronization' software unless there is a default windows way to do so.
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