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Q10169 - INFO: How does Second Copy handle file time stamps when copying the files between different file systems?

Second Copy automatically takes care of the file stamps when copying the files between different file systems.

By design Second Copy ignores the 2-second time difference if the two file systems are not the same.

Recopying of files (rare cases):

In rare cases when Second Copy may re-copy files when it is copying files from one type of file system to another type (such as FAT to a Unix file system, or FAT to NTFS) due to the different ways the two file systems maintain their time stamps and file attributes.

Due to the different file system types, the recopying of files can occur because of one of the following reasons:

1. Second Copy is unable to set the file date/time stamp on the destination volume to match exactly with the source.
2. Second Copy is unable to read or write the file attributes on either source or the destination file.
3. The source file has an invalid time/stamp.

In rare cases, it may be possible that the file systems are incorrectly reported as the same even when they are not the same. Therefore, setting the option below will force Second Copy to ignore time difference of 2 seconds.

1. Exit Second Copy
2. Edit the profiles.dat file
3. Add the following line in the [Options] section for the profile in question:

"IgnoreTimeDifference=2" without the quotes

4. Save the profiles.dat file
5. Start Second Copy
6. Run the profile

Note: Second Copy 7 stores its profiles and settings information in a hidden file called "profiles.dat" under "\Documents and Settings\<Username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Centered Systems\Second Copy" folder. (where, <Username> is the currently logged in username.

In Vista, Second Copy 7's profiles.dat file is stored under "\Users\<Username>\AppData\Local\Centered Systems\Second Copy" folder.

Second Copy 2000 stores its profiles and settings information in a hidden file called "profiles.dat" under "\Program Files\SecCopy" folder.

The options section is global and affects all profiles. There is no setting in Second Copy to set these options per profile level.  If you do not have the [Options] section in the profiles.dat file then add it below the [General] section as shown in the example below:

[General]
...
...
[Options]
IgnoreTimeDifference=2

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Created on 2/8/2006.
Last Modified on 10/25/2008.
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