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  1. Joined : Oct 2013
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       19 Oct 2016 #31

    Depending on exactly what you're wanting to do, you should be able to "Select all" files on one USB HDD, and copy them to the other USB HDD.
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  2. Joined : Sep 2016
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       22 Oct 2016 #32

    I know about "Select All", but how can I be certain that I don't "overwrite" the wrong files?

    I want to "combine" these 2 USB HDD's and at the end of the process have all of my files on 1 USB HDD and have the 2nd USB HDD be empty.

    EDIT:
    I wasn't clear in my earlier post so do you know what I meant when I said this? "The first USB HDD contains files "X, Y, Z" while the second USB HDD contains files "W, X, Y". Obviously I can't manually look through each USB HDD so I want to put all the files on one USB HDD."
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  3. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14986
       22 Oct 2016 #33

    I suppose you could create a new folder on the USB, and copy all the files form the other USB into the new folder. This way you don't have to worry about overwriting any duplicate files.
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  4. Joined : Aug 2016
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       22 Oct 2016 #34

    Brink said: View Post
    Depending on exactly what you're wanting to do...
    That's could be a very significant question. This thread started asking about backups and soon got into the details of using File History. Then it changed tack asking...
    I have two USB HDD's here that contain my files and I want to "combine" them so that all the files on these two USB HDD's are located on one USB HDD.
    Reading between the lines, I'm wondering if the files to be "combined" are in fact two different File History folders? While there are unlikely to be any duplicate file names in the Data subfolder that holds the backed up files (File History adds the date and time of the backup to each file name) it won't be possible to use File History to restore any of the files you paste there. That's because you can't use copy and paste to merge the database files (catalog.edb and Config.xml) held in the Configuration subfolder.

    Simple enough scenario: Single user, single computer, with multiple File History folders.
    Simple question: Is there any way to merge those two folders into one?
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...6-878fa7b95086
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  5. Joined : Sep 2016
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       22 Oct 2016 #35

    Bree said: View Post
    That's could be a very significant question. This thread started asking about backups and soon got into the details of using File History. Then it changed tack asking...
    I was going to create a new thread that was specifically about how to "Combine 2 USB HDD's" but I didn't want to waste forum space.
    Reading between the lines, I'm wondering if the files to be "combined" are in fact two different File History folders? While there are unlikely to be any duplicate file names in the Data subfolder that holds the backed up files (File History adds the date and time of the backup to each file name) it won't be possible to use File History to restore any of the files you paste there. That's because you can't use copy and paste to merge the database files (catalog.edb and Config.xml) held in the Configuration subfolder.

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...6-878fa7b95086
    The 2 USB HDD's I want to combine are not in any way related to File History. They're just 2 USB HDD's that contain my music, photos, documents and so on.
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       22 Oct 2016 #36

    Brink said: View Post
    I suppose you could create a new folder on the USB, and copy all the files form the other USB into the new folder. This way you don't have to worry about overwriting any duplicate files.
    Thanks, but there are many folders I want to combine and many sub-folders within these folders...
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  7. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14986
       22 Oct 2016 #37

    The only other way that I can think of is to "Select All" and "Move" them from one USB to where you want on the other USB, and "Skip" the duplicates when prompted. Those will be left on the source USB for you to go through later to determine what you want to do with them.
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  8. Joined : Sep 2016
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       22 Oct 2016 #38

    Thanks for your reply!

    So I'd need to go through each folder one by one? That'll take me a really long time... Is there another way I can do this?
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  9. Joined : Aug 2016
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       22 Oct 2016 #39

    NiceAndShy said: View Post
    The 2 USB HDD's I want to combine are not in any way related to File History. They're just 2 USB HDD's that contain my music, photos, documents and so on.
    That's a relief!

    If you use File Explorer to copy and paste all files/folders from one disk to the other for any duplicate folder names you'll be asked:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	merge folders.PNG 
Views:	23 
Size:	16.8 KB 
ID:	107190

    If you tick 'Do this for all current item' and click Yes the folders will be merged. If duplicate file names are found you'll see:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Replace.PNG 
Views:	23 
Size:	11.1 KB 
ID:	107191

    Click 'Let me decide for each file' to get:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	files.PNG 
Views:	24 
Size:	38.3 KB 
ID:	107192

    Now un-tick 'Skip...' at the bottom and tick both the 'Files from... ' and 'Files already in...' boxes at the top. A number will be added to any duplicate files you want to paste. If a file called image.jpg already exist the file of the same name you are trying to paste there will be renamed as image (2).jpg

    NB: for a large amount of data this can take a very long time discovering all the files to copy and calculating the estimated time to complete. You may want to do the copying in smaller manageable chunks.
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  10. Joined : Jul 2015
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       22 Oct 2016 #40
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