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Hi

When syncronizing files between a server and workstation, once the sync is complete where does it store the offline copy on the client machine??
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Offline files and folders are stored in c:\windows\CSC (assuming your Windows is installed to c:\windows).  The folder is hidden, so you will need to enable view hidden files/folders to see it.

It also isn't in a particularly readable format!!
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By the way, CSC stands for Client Side Cache.
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not finding it there, i need to retrieve those files what can i do
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Could be system folder too... have you enabled View System Files and Folders?

- From Windows Explorer, click Tools... Folder Options...
- Select View tab
- Untick "Hide Protected Operating System files"
- Ensure "Show Hidden Files and Folders" is selected.
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Mind you, all you will find in there is a list of directories and files that have been numbered.  It doesn't resemble their original appearance in any way, and it is not going to be easy to recover much data from it (unless you know your original filesizes, as this is going to be the best way of matching them).
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Incidentally, if you are trying to read offline files, all you need to do is browse to your original network location using Windows Explorer.  If the files are available offline, they will be displayed and accessible.  You really shouldn't try and do anything directly in the cache folder.

A good article covering most of this is here: http://redmondmag.com/columns/article.asp?EditorialsID=90
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Ok, I have found the offline files.   you said that if i new the origonal file sizes i could possible restore them, how would i do this as the clients spent two days of work updating those files.

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I should perhaps have been clearer about that... it is possible to match the files, but in practise it would be a nightmare.  Without an index to the CSC (and while there must be one, this is far more depth that I have ever gone into for offline files), working out which files correspond to which original files isn't easy.

Maybe you could outline the problem a bit more, as there may be another solution.  Has someone accidentally deleted the original network files so you are trying to restore them?  And can you not simply disconnect the machine in question from the network, browse the files offline, and copy them to a local folder (which would maintain the names and structure)?
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well, when i rejoined the client to the domain it no longer syncs to the server but i can see the files in the csc folder...

The network went down and i had to reload the box, i have done so now.  It took 2 days to do so during that 2 days some users worked on there offline files, now there offline files are more updated than those on the network.  I had to reload AD with a system state backup.  so it is a fresh install all to gether.

How would i update the network version?????  I do have the origonal network version as only server 2003 crashed the data is still intact.
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When you are not connected to the network, can you still see the offline files that have been updated and worked on? i.e. the ones you want to recover?
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