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Can't find $SBV$ folder in the Source

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00Buck
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Can't find $SBV$ folder in the Source

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Running SyncbackSE V8.9.15.0 32 bit
I've been a SyncBackSE user forever. I use it daily to run a number of backup profiles. I have a pretty basic question, but I'm really stuck.

I've set up a test. On my Windows 10 desktop, I have two folders. Source and Destination.
I've set up a Profile called Testing. It is set up to Mirror the Source folder to the Destination folder.
I have Versioning setup as well. I have it set up for versioning on the Source as well as Versioning on the Destination. Both are set to: "In a hidden sub-folder of the folder that contains the original file".

I am able to see the hidden $SBV$ in the Destination folder. I am NOT able to see the hidden $SBV$ folder in the Source folder. I have no idea why, and this is my problem. I do have my system set up to be able to view all hidden files and folders.

Thanks

Swapna
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Re: Can't find $SBV$ folder in the Source

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Hi,

SyncBack creates versions of a file on source/destination only if files on that side are replaced, moved or deleted by the actions of the profile. If your profile type is a Backup or Mirror (right) profile then you will not normally see version files (or $SBV$ folder) on source as these profile types always copy files in one direction (i.e. from source to destination).

Versioning on Source (or Left) will only be activated if files on Source/Left are replaced or deleted by the actions of the profile (for example when you run a backup or mirror profile in restore mode). It's designed mainly for Intelligent Sync profiles where files may be changed or copied (or deleted from) both sides.

Thank you.

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Re: Can't find $SBV$ folder in the Source

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I can work with that. I'll find a workaround for the way I'm doing things. Thanks.

Ideally, this is what I'd like. On the source, if an excel file, for instance, is changed, I'd like to have SyncBack create the hidden folder and file versions based on the versioning rules that I've set up for it when my backup (mirror) profile is run.

As I understand your explanation, that really can't happen. As it's designed, Syncback will create the hidden versions folder and changed files on the destination only.

What's confusing is why exactly is there the option in the versioning section for enabling versioning on the source, since Syncback won't honor my commands when running my backup mirror profile?

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Re: Can't find $SBV$ folder in the Source

Post by Swapna »

Hi,

The Versioning feature is useful to create version files when you run the same Backup/Mirror profile in restore mode.

Thank you.

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