Can't convince Photos app to use local pictures file...

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  1. Posts : 35,485
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    I would guess one problem relates to having the cloned drive there. That is unusual.
    I suggest you try taking that out and check the effect.

    Trying a USB drive doesn't work for me either- FAT32? I don't know.
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  2. Posts : 37
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
    Thread Starter

    I'll try downing the X drive and see what happens. Also, I've tried NTFS and FAT32 USB drives. No joy...
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  3. Posts : 35,485
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    If that does work, I'd suggest, if you really need to keep your backup internal to your system (and hence subject to failure e.g. power supply) then you might consider using disk imaging instead. Incremental or differential images are faster than cloning a whole drive. The compressed image should not confuse the system in terms of having two copies of Windows accessible.

    Really, your backup should be physically separate from your system.
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  4. Posts : 37
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
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    I use Casper. It does very fast incrementals. I have used it for 6-7 years and it works great. This may be the first time I've had an issue that might have something to do with having an online clone.

    Downing the D & X (clone) drives certainly had an effect. Now whenever I select a local folder for inclusion in Photos the app immediately quits with no error message. When restarted the folder did not add.

    I think I've seen posts about something similar, perhaps the same, while googling my issue over the past few days.
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  5. Posts : 37
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
    Thread Starter

    Ha ha. After it quitting on me several times I gave up on it. Then I wanted to see one of the pictures on OneDrive so I opened Photos again. Wala -- there is the pictures from my Pictures folder on the C drive.

    So, it had something to do with having another drive -- which just happens to be an exact copy of the system drive -- being online.

    I've never had another instance of anything getting confused by that. But I like Casper and its abilities much more than Photos so I guess I'll just accept that Photos is confusing itself about my local drives and use it only for the OneDrive pictures.

    Thanks for your help. I'm mark this as solved but I doubt that its gonna help anyone else.


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  6. Posts : 35,485
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Only inasmuch as keeping two copies of the same Windows installation accessible can give rise to unexpected effects, I guess. At least you have cause and effect, and can now find a way round that. Which is progress.
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  7. Posts : 37
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
    Thread Starter

    Yes, pretty simple. Casper lets me define the clone drive as removable media and will start it for the backup and shut it down (set it to offline) afterwards. That will keep the quick recovery capability of an instantly available boot drive and eliminate the potential confusion over the clone.

    Thanks again.
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