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  1. ignatzatsonic's Avatar
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       #20

    Thought I'd try Synctoy and immediately ran into confusion during the install.

    First screen shows this; I would have thought I already had this required component. I have multiple .NET Framework folders on C.

    How to Use SyncToy for Data Backups-untitled-1.jpg

    Saying "yes" to that leads here, which has many choices and looks like a morass:

    https://dotnet.microsoft.com/

    Advice?
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  2. f14tomcat's Avatar
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       #21

    It's this you need to enable and install in Programs and Features. Then it will be fine.

    How to Use SyncToy for Data Backups-2020-03-06_11h46_49.png

    Just the main part, not the sub features.... ignore the link to the MS DL site. Just Programs and Features.

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  3. ignatzatsonic's Avatar
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       #22

    Got it, Tomcat; much appreciated.
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  4. f14tomcat's Avatar
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       #23

    ignatzatsonic said:
    Got it, Tomcat; much appreciated.
    You're welcome....
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  5. sygnus21's Avatar
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       #24

    That's great info to know as I typically download the .NET 2.0 for another app I install. Never knew you could enable in in Windows features. Thanks for the post.

    f14tomcat said:
    It's this you need to enable and install in Programs and Features. Then it will be fine.

    How to Use SyncToy for Data Backups-2020-03-06_11h46_49.png

    Just the main part, not the sub features.... ignore the link to the MS DL site. Just Programs and Features.

    How to Use SyncToy for Data Backups-2020-03-06_11h50_04.png
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  6. f14tomcat's Avatar
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       #25

    sygnus21 said:
    That's great info to know as I typically download the .NET 2.0 for another app I install. Never knew you could enable in in Windows features. Thanks for the post.
    You're welcome, Drew.
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  7. SoFine409's Avatar
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       #26

    Has anyone had problems with using SyncToy? I noticed this
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...9-3d809c3d2bd1
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  8. Posts : 358
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       #27

    I used SyncToy about 10 years ago. Stopped using it because of problems related to the use of "letters" to identify the UFDs, as I remember. I donīt have the details.

    Since 2011 I use FreeFileSync.
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  9. ignatzatsonic's Avatar
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       #28

    SoFine409 said:
    Has anyone had problems with using SyncToy? I noticed this
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...9-3d809c3d2bd1
    I installed it a couple of hours ago and have been playing with it.

    I did not experience that particular problem noted in your link, but I did have an instance of it refusing to follow rules I established----using echo mode, it copied a folder of mp3s that I had specifically excluded---I did check that I had excluded that folder.

    Not inspiring.

    After deleting the copy it made and reconfiguring, it has run OK since then.

    And it seems you cannot exclude by extension. Not a deal breaker, but it makes exclusions more tedious as you apparently have to walk down a folder tree and exclude by folder or by each specific file---among thousands in my case.

    Edit................hmmmm. I see you supposedly can exclude .doc files by entering *.doc in a box. I tried that. The target folder still had a wad of .doc files.......................when using echo mode. I infer that means that the exclusion only means that .doc files are disregarded on the source folder.

    Dunno---I should probably stick with SyncBackFree, which has worked flawlessly for several years.
    Last edited by ignatzatsonic; 06 Mar 2020 at 15:05.
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  10. SoFine409's Avatar
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       #29

    After reading the article I decided to use FreeFileSync and I definitely like it.
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