New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
OS X - Operating System General OS operation information and support

OS 10.5 - Why does 'Copy' overwrite files on my External HD? Please read...


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
visodd

 
Member Since: Aug 05, 2008
Posts: 9
visodd is on a distinguished road

visodd is offline
*Please read this before answering...*


So here is the issue.
When I copy a folder(s) to my external HD, instead of adding the new files to the existing folder(s), it overwrites them. Let me give an example (below):

Lets say I have a folder on my Laptop (Intel MackBook 2.2) named "Bob", and it contains a file named "test_1.txt. Then I have a folder on the external HD also named "Bob", with files "test_2.txt" and "test_3.txt". If I copy the folder from the laptop to the external HD, test_2 and test_3 are gone, and only test_1 is there...

I am new to Mac (very new), but on a Windows (any version) based machine, lets say I have the same setup, and do the same copy. In that case, the folder "Bob" is of course on the external HD, but I then have test_1, test_2, and test_3 in the folder.

It's like in a Windows environment, it merges those folders, so the files in the folder on the external HD stay put, and it adds the new ones from the laptop to the folder. In a Mac environment, it seems as though it deletes the folder on the external HD, then copies the one from the laptop.

Now here is the problem, and why I am so worried about this...
I have a folder called "Pics" on the laptop and the external HD. As I pull pics from my camera, download them, etc, they go into the *many* folders under the main *pics* folder on the laptop. I then copy it to the external HD later. In Windows, I am essentially just adding these pics to all the already full folders under *pics* on the external HD. I don't keep them all on the laptop because there are to many, so they just update when I do this, and there are that many more in the folders on the ex HD. If I do this same process in the Mac OS, it will delete all the folders on my ex HD, then replace them w/ these. I, in-turn, will loose many gb's of pics that weren't on the laptop. I do the same w/ a software folder, documents, and a few others.

There are too many for me to just add them folder by folder, so I really need a way to make this act like it does on a Windows comp.

I have asked a bunch of my Mac friends, and they have no idea, so any help is much, MUCH appreciated!

Thanks
QUOTE Thanks
louishen

 
louishen's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 22, 2007
Location: London
Posts: 8,951
louishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant futurelouishen has a brilliant future
Mac Specs: Mac Mini Core i7 2012 | White 2009 MacBook 2 Ghz | 733 Mhz G4 Quicksilver

louishen is offline
I have got to admit that is one of the things windows does that is very smart

what you seem to want is a merge, so a syncing utility is what you need

http://www.freemacware.com/rsyncx/

Rsync X basically puts a user interface over the unix commands built into the OS, it is very simple to use, not as straightforward to the rather elegant windows method but it gets the job done with no fuss
QUOTE Thanks
visodd

 
Member Since: Aug 05, 2008
Posts: 9
visodd is on a distinguished road

visodd is offline
That looks like a great way to do this. Thanks! I'll post how it goes when I get it done...
QUOTE Thanks
visodd

 
Member Since: Aug 05, 2008
Posts: 9
visodd is on a distinguished road

visodd is offline
I tried the ap.
I think for one folder, or only a few files, it would be great. I love how it will let me sync one-way, so I don't have to have my entire 250gb ex hd on my laptop. It is, however, REALLY slow when you try to sync a lot of folders and files, and it seems to lock around %3. I even made the only change 1 single small picture, and it still takes a LONG time, and hangs at %3...

Do you guys know of any other way to do this?

Thanks for the help!
QUOTE Thanks
visodd

 
Member Since: Aug 05, 2008
Posts: 9
visodd is on a distinguished road

visodd is offline
Any Idea's?
QUOTE Thanks
visodd

 
Member Since: Aug 05, 2008
Posts: 9
visodd is on a distinguished road

visodd is offline
Shameless bump...
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Urgently Need Help! | Can I get TextEdit back? »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Can you add files to a carbon copy drive? Maclovin OS X - Operating System 2 02-15-2008 05:14 PM
Copying files from an external HDD dangerous007 OS X - Operating System 7 12-14-2007 04:54 PM
help me convert something, please. krrose27 Switcher Hangout 4 05-25-2007 03:10 AM
Script to copy files bennys OS X - Operating System 0 03-12-2007 04:45 PM
Read only on external hard drive rift0065 OS X - Operating System 3 01-08-2007 07:23 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:29 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?