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Windows File/Directory comparison 'tool'

Discussion in 'Software' started by Abbo, 30 Aug 2012.

  1. Abbo

    Abbo ATi or Nvidia?

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    Hi

    I have a couple of NAS's at home. One for storing all files, and one acts as the backup to that. On top of this, I also have a RAID 5 setup on my PC for a third copy.

    The main NAS for storing files, decided to stop working, and for some reason the two other copies are out of sync with each other, so have had to use and update files on both locations.

    I am looking for a piece of software (or method) of comparing the two directories, and and highlighting the differences and also which has the newest files? I can then make one the master location and create backups from there.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks
     
  2. lp rob1

    lp rob1 Modder

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    If running Linux you can use the diff utility, which shows the differences between two text files. It can be run on a whole set of directories where the file names are the same, and can also recurse into sub directories.
     
  3. Abbo

    Abbo ATi or Nvidia?

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    Unfortunately not an option as using Win7.
     
  4. lp rob1

    lp rob1 Modder

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    Cygwin would allow you to use diff, as well as many other Linux commands, in Windows.
     
  5. JazzXP

    JazzXP Eh! Steve

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    It's a paid app, but BeyondCompare is pretty awesome for such jobs.
     
  6. azrael-

    azrael- I'm special...

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    KDiff3 can do that, although it's main function is to compare source code revisions.
     
  7. Pookeyhead

    Pookeyhead It's big, and it's clever.

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    AllWaySync will keep your directories synced. It can do one way, and 2 way syncs, and either ignore or propagate deletions.
     
  8. mike_dowler

    mike_dowler What's a Dremel?

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    I've used FreeFileSync before, and it worked well for me.
     
  9. steel_viking

    steel_viking What's a Dremel?

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    +1 for FreeFileSync
     

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