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I had a user's laptop stolen recently during shipping and it was setup with windows live sync. The thief or buyer's kids took some photos of themselves and they were synced to the user's my documents. I had just finished moving the users files out of the synced my documents folder when I noticed this. Later they took some more photos and a video. I wrote up a batch script to copy files out synced directory every 5 minutes into a dated directory. In the end I ended up with a lot of copies of the same few files.

Ignoring what windows livesync offers (at the time there was no way to undelete files - I've moved onto dropbox so this ins't really an issue for me) what's the best way to preserve changes and files from a directory? I'm interested in windows solutions but if you know of a good way on a *nix please go ahead and share.


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I know it's not what you want to know but you should be able to track down EXACTLY where that laptop is if it's talking back you know. Just ask and we'll help. – Chopper3 Dec 7 '10 at 16:29

Since you are using Dropbox, you can recover files through their web interface. See for details.


On a system with rsync (which could be Windows), I would utilize this backup method. rsync can very easily produce fully functional incremental backups thanks to linking.


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