Disappearing files

Posted on 2006-05-15
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
OK, this is a really strange one and has me lost:
I have a brand new HP ML150 G2 server.  I set up a RAID1 with two 250GB hard drives.  Then I setup a 20 Gig system partition through the install of Server 2000.  After installation I did all service packs and updates.  Next I created the data partition, 210 Gig.  Added it to my domain and ran it for 3-4 days.  Finally I installed Secure Copy 3 and started migrating data from the old Win2K server to the data partition on the new server.
The problem:
After copying the files with Secure Copy the files just started to disappear.  Not to the recycle bin, just plain gone.  There are no viruses and all SP's and updates have been applied.
I am lost??? Any ideas?
Question by:tfountain
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    Expert Comment

    If these are just data files, that do not need to be installed, why not try:
    1) xcopy *.*  /s /d
    2) Windows explorer copy
    3) Windows Backup and Restore

    Author Comment

    xcopy or explorer copy:
    It would take days to reset all of the file permissions.  Secure Copy antomatically brings the permissions and shares over.  Can't have a main server down that long.

    Windows backup restore:
    Will this restore file permissions when restoring to a different location?  I have Veritas Backup Exex.  I could use that.  I believe that will copy permissions.
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    Accepted Solution

    I believe BOTH will restore permissions...or can be set to do so.

    I prefer Veritas for flexibility.

    Xcopy...additional switches

     /K           Copies attributes. Normal Xcopy will reset read-only attributes.
      /O           Copies file ownership and ACL information.
      /X           Copies file audit settings (implies /O).

    At CMD prompt type xcopy /? for full list of options
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    Assisted Solution

    the builtin microsoft-util 'robocopy' is excellent for this , can also copy permissions.
    Is used to synchronize two locations or migrate data , robocopy can resume broken syncs and can log to a textfile.

    just guessing:
    Could securecopy be running in Mirror-mode , where it deletes the sourcefile from the destination after the user has deleted it from the source?

    a = location user is working
    you synchronize location a with b
    user deletes a file from a
    you synchronize again and the tool deletes the file on b because it is no more on a

    This is the /MIR option in robocopy and one should be very careful using it , maybe securecopy has the same features.

    robocopy.exe is part of XP or can be downloaded as part of 2003 resource kit:
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    Expert Comment

    There is plenty of tools to achieve the copy job, but if you want to know who or what deleted these files, you can activate auditing on the drive(s) or directorie(s) were they are disapearing from.
    Did you try?

    Author Comment

    To all, well I did not really resolve what the problem was but I got a general consensus that it was Secure Copy.  So I guess the solution was to not use Secure Copy but use another program.

    glenn, in the end I used Veritas like you suggested.  Had to recreate the shares though, no biggy.

    rutten-d, excellent suggestion, robocopy.  I looked at the program after I finished this migration and will definitely use it in the future.

    glenn thanks for quick response and a solution that worked.  Need to give a little to rutten-d so people can se that as part of the answer.  It would have been easier and faster to use robocopy.

    glenn - 300

    Thanks again and hope this sounds like a fair split.

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