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Anonymous
August 2, 2005 10:45:02 AM

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I want to create a mirrored folder so that the same files can automatically
be saved in different places with out copy/ pasting or short cuts so that
that both folders stay up to date. Is this possible?
Thanks.

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Anonymous
August 2, 2005 11:10:26 AM

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"dmartinsmith" <dmartinsmith@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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>I want to create a mirrored folder so that the same files can automatically
> be saved in different places with out copy/ pasting or short cuts so that
> that both folders stay up to date. Is this possible?
> Thanks.

If you are using servers for the shares, yes. Investigate DFS.

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/WindowsSer...

Kerry
Anonymous
August 2, 2005 12:55:51 PM

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No. What you need is a good auxiliary backup system
independent of your drive.

Examples:

Maxtor OneTouch II
http://www.maxtor.com/portal/site/Maxtor/menuitem.ba88f...

Western Digital Dual-Option Media Center
http://www.westerndigital.com/en/products/Products.asp?...

Where to Buy
http://www.newegg.com/ProductSort/SubCategory.asp?SubCa...

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Carey Frisch
Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User
Microsoft Newsgroups

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"dmartinsmith" wrote:

| I want to create a mirrored folder so that the same files can automatically
| be saved in different places with out copy/ pasting or short cuts so that
| that both folders stay up to date. Is this possible?
| Thanks.
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August 2, 2005 1:17:06 PM

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dmartinsmith wrote:

> I want to create a mirrored folder so that the same files can automatically
> be saved in different places with out copy/ pasting or short cuts so that
> that both folders stay up to date. Is this possible?
> Thanks.

MS is coming out with a new powertoy for this called SyncToy. I believe
it's in beta now. There is a document you can download to check it out.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyI...


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Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User
August 2, 2005 8:28:49 PM

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Yes its called backup, there are many different backup apps available, some
will do a simple copy others more
Ideally you would also need a second storage media

"dmartinsmith" <dmartinsmith@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> I want to create a mirrored folder so that the same files can
automatically
> be saved in different places with out copy/ pasting or short cuts so that
> that both folders stay up to date. Is this possible?
> Thanks.
Anonymous
August 2, 2005 8:28:50 PM

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In news:eeoPlY3lFHA.2916@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl,
DL <dl@spoofmail> typed:

> Yes its called backup, there are many different backup apps
> available,


Well, he may have had backup in mind, but he asks about
mirroring, which is very different from backup.

Mirroring (Raid 1) is a technique used for a situation in which
downtime can't be tolerated. If, for example, you're running an
airline reservation system, you don't have time to restore
backups; the customer goes elsewhere while you restore. It
creates a mirrored drive and lets the computer automatically and
seamlessly change to using the mirror drive if the primary one
fails. When you mirror, you still need a separate backup, because
relying on a mirror leaves you vulnerable to most of the common
dangers to your drive(s), such as severe power glitches, nearby
lightning strikes, virus attacks, even theft of the computer.

Secure backup needs to be on media stored externally to the
computer. For really secure backup (needed, for example, if the
life of your business depends on your data) there should be
multiple copies of the media, with at least one copy stored
off-site.

If dmartinsmith is truly interested in mirroring, he should do a
Google search on Raid1 and read up on it.


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Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
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> some will do a simple copy others more
> Ideally you would also need a second storage media
>
> "dmartinsmith" <dmartinsmith@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote
> in
> message
> news:251D1337-768E-4758-9637-145FDD9368EE@microsoft.com...
>> I want to create a mirrored folder so that the same files can
>> automatically be saved in different places with out copy/
>> pasting or
>> short cuts so that that both folders stay up to date. Is this
>> possible?
>> Thanks.
Anonymous
August 2, 2005 10:12:43 PM

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DMARTIN

Yes you can do this by creating a junction link from a source folder on any
one of your disks to e.g a folder on your desktop. The folder on your
desktop will be a mirror of the source folder and transparent to programs.

Briefly, you choose your existing folder on your hard disk or your local
network, create a standard shortcut to it on your desktop, make a new blank
folder on your desktop named ???_Mirror [the ? for the name you want]. Drag
the shortcut into the folder, do some junction link magic in the command
prompt and you have your mirror.

I have not spelt out the magic here because this technique is risky for
inexperienced users.

There is a write-up about it on pp 176/180 of David A. Karp's book "Windows
XP Annoyances for Geeks" from O'Reilly and you can download a tool to do it
from:

www.rekenwonder.com
--
Uncle John
Anonymous
August 3, 2005 10:22:40 PM

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Here's the easiest way IMO - Second Copy. It's $30, you can just configure
it and it'll work. There's a trial version. http://www.secondcopy.com/. I
use it to back up laptops to external hard drives for the usual purpose, and
in case the laptop disappears while the user is out of the office.

That SyncToy powertool from MS looks promising too, depending on when they
issue the release version.


"dmartinsmith" <dmartinsmith@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:251D1337-768E-4758-9637-145FDD9368EE@microsoft.com...
>I want to create a mirrored folder so that the same files can automatically
> be saved in different places with out copy/ pasting or short cuts so that
> that both folders stay up to date. Is this possible?
> Thanks.
Anonymous
August 3, 2005 11:00:02 PM

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Dave Nickason [SBS MVP] wrote:
> Here's the easiest way IMO - Second Copy. It's $30, you can just configure
> it and it'll work. There's a trial version. http://www.secondcopy.com/. I
> use it to back up laptops to external hard drives for the usual purpose, and
> in case the laptop disappears while the user is out of the office.
>
> That SyncToy powertool from MS looks promising too, depending on when they
> issue the release version.
>
>
> "dmartinsmith" <dmartinsmith@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:251D1337-768E-4758-9637-145FDD9368EE@microsoft.com...
> >I want to create a mirrored folder so that the same files can automatically
> > be saved in different places with out copy/ pasting or short cuts so that
> > that both folders stay up to date. Is this possible?
> > Thanks.

Microsoft has had Robocopy.exe since NT4. It will mirror directories
among other things. It can be scheduled too. Its usually been furnished
as part of the NT Resource Kit but is now a free download in the
resource kit for XP Server 2003 I think.

LJB
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