How 2 folders with the same name in the same location?

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June 8, 2015 at 09:37:51
Specs: Windows 8.1, Intel Core i5 2.5GHz/6GB
Hi, I have been using folder synchronization for backups for some time now with no problems. (I use BestSync 2015.) About a year ago I purchased a new external drive to use for backups (WD My Passport Ultra). Recently I noticed that my backups had created 2 folders with the same name in the same parent folder, but with different contents! And this has happened more than once! (2 Music folders, 2 Pictures folders, 2 Video folders)

How is it possible that Windows 8.1 would allow this kind of thing? And if I ask Photoshop to open P1040115.JPG from E:\Pictures\2014, how do I know which Pictures folder it actually accessed?

I can see this is going to be a mess to clean up! I would use a program like "Duplicate Cleaner", but I'm not sure if I can trust it to work correctly when the folders have the same name!

I would appreciate any explanation for how this might have happened as well as how I might clean it up (without spending years on it).

thanks,
Todd

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#1
June 8, 2015 at 10:08:57
You are right, it can't (or shouldn't) have two 2 folders with the same name in the same location. Makes me think there is some sort of difference which is not obvious. Perhaps one of them has a file extension. Are you showing file extensions?:

Control Panel > Folder Options > View tab > Uncheck "Hide extensions for known file types"

I accept they are folders not files but thought it worth checking just the same.

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#2
June 8, 2015 at 12:30:14
It is possible the one of the folder has a Space or some other special character someplace within the name, probably at the beginning.

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/


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#3
June 8, 2015 at 16:03:53
Unless I am mistaken the problem here reminds me of the NTFS directory junction folders issues that happened a lot during the early days of Windows Vista.....

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#4
June 8, 2015 at 16:41:25
Interesting response from XpUser. Maybe the dir command given here will show some light on it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTFS_j...

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#5
June 8, 2015 at 18:42:55
I never hide extensions - so no, these folders have no extensions. When I right click on the folder and choose properties, I can check the file name and there are no spaces, either.

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#6
June 8, 2015 at 18:51:07
@Derek, it's not a junction point - the contents of the folders are actually different.

But your comment gave me an idea to use the command line 'dir' command to look at it. I see that one is 'Pictures' and the other is 'My Pictures'! So Windows is (un)helpfully hiding the 'My' part from me in Explorer!

Now I just need to figure out how to clean up the mess!

T


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#7
June 8, 2015 at 20:25:57
Good find.

I have to say that Windows has this knack of showing you what "it thinks you would like to see" rather than the true situation - many examples, including Temporary Internet Files and the Recycle bin. In fact to see the real structure, viewing the HD using a live Linux CD is the way to go.

I wish you well with the clean up.

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