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 Post subject: Cloud Storage Redundancy
PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:56 pm 
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Thanks to my Google Account, my recent upgrade to Windows 8.1, and my previous cloud software, I now have a Google Drive account, a SkyDrive Account, and a Dropbox account. I'd like to set these up so they house the same files, but I'd like to avoid having three local copies of all my files. Housing one service's folder inside of another seems to cause more problems than it solves, so do you have any suggestions for what I'm hoping to accomplish?


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 Post subject: Re: Cloud Storage Redundancy
PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 11:31 pm 
Smithfield
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Create symlinks in the cloud directories to what you want backed up. To do so, launch command prompt as an admin, go to the directory, then use:
Code:
mklink /D [Name of symlink] [Path it points to]

The only limitation is you can't have anything in the root directory of the cloud directory.


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 Post subject: Re: Cloud Storage Redundancy
PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:27 pm 
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Creating Hardlinks to the original Dropbox files worked, yet there doesn't seem to be any further syncing (ie, a file created in my Dropbox does not automatically add itself to my Google Drive and SkyDrive accounts). Any ideas for how to accomplish this?


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 Post subject: Re: Cloud Storage Redundancy
PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:01 pm 
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I made a goof, you're supposed to use the /J option, not the /D option. But either makes a symlink whereas you're saying hardlinks which is the /H option.


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 Post subject: Re: Cloud Storage Redundancy
PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:22 pm 
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Actually I used the link Shell program to create them. Not to good with command line


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 Post subject: Re: Cloud Storage Redundancy
PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 6:21 pm 
Smithfield
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Yeah... you should probably use the command line. It's simple, it's just
Code:
mklink /J [Name of the folder] [Path to folder]

For every folder you have. So for example if you want to back up your pictures, it's:
Code:
mklink /J Pictures C:\Users\[Username]\Pictures


If you need to navigate, the command is cd.


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 Post subject: Re: Cloud Storage Redundancy
PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 6:38 pm 
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OK and this should solve the problem of files added to dropbox not adding themselves to google drive/skydrive?


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 Post subject: Re: Cloud Storage Redundancy
PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 6:50 pm 
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You're going to have to make those symlinks in every cloud storage drive. But it should, in theory.


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 Post subject: Re: Cloud Storage Redundancy
PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 7:11 pm 
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Wouldn't that have meant that the hardlinks I already have in place should work though?


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 Post subject: Re: Cloud Storage Redundancy
PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 8:17 pm 
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You can't use hard links for directories.


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