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Is a "Backup" profile identical to a "Mirror" profile if settings are changed to match?

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Is a "Backup" profile identical to a "Mirror" profile if settings are changed to match?

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I noticed one of my SyncBack profiles - the most important one - is listed as a "Backup" type instead of a "Mirror" type. Since it was the first profile I created, I probably selected "Backup" instead of "Mirror" when I created it without fully understanding the difference (at the time).

When I go into the expert settings, everything with the "Backup" profile looks identical to all the "Mirror" profiles. I'm thinking I realized that I should have made it a "Mirror" profile, and adjusted all the settings to mimic a "Mirror" profile (which IIRC is just a couple settings).

So here's my question: If a "Backup" profile has all the same settings as a "Mirror" profile, do they perform identically? IOW, is it just a minor aesthetic difference that SyncBack still shows that profile as a "Backup" profile?

(I would just recreate that profile, but is has scores of inclusions and exclusions that would be a pain to recreate manually.)

If it is just an aesthetic difference, might I propose that SyncBack recognize how a profile is currently configured, and display its type accordingly?

Thanks in advance for help and feedback.
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Re: Is a "Backup" profile identical to a "Mirror" profile if settings are changed to match?

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Mirroring ensures that one drive (or folder) contains the same files as another drive (or folder). It is not the same as a backup because it deletes files. It is also not the same as synchronization because it only copies files in one direction.

Look at the options under "Decisions-Files" and there is where the difference between Backup & Mirror should be. Specifically the option "What to do if a file exists on Destination but not on Source".
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Re: Is a "Backup" profile identical to a "Mirror" profile if settings are changed to match?

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mmullins_98 wrote:
Thu Mar 04, 2021 11:26 am
Mirroring ensures that one drive (or folder) contains the same files as another drive (or folder). It is not the same as a backup because it deletes files. It is also not the same as synchronization because it only copies files in one direction.

Look at the options under "Decisions-Files" and there is where the difference between Backup & Mirror should be. Specifically the option "What to do if a file exists on Destination but not on Source".
Thanks. I agree with everything you wrote. But my question is: "If you change the setting of that option, is there now any difference between a "Backup" profile and a "Mirror" profile?"
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Re: Is a "Backup" profile identical to a "Mirror" profile if settings are changed to match?

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The way it is. See viewtopic.php?f=29&t=12781
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Re: Is a "Backup" profile identical to a "Mirror" profile if settings are changed to match?

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mmullins_98 wrote:
Sun Mar 07, 2021 12:39 pm
The way it is. See viewtopic.php?f=29&t=12781
Thanks. It's really odd and looks like a bug. Hopefully the devs can work on it.
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