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Two Photo Files Handled Differently - How do I fix the second one?

Two Photo Files Handled Differently - How do I fix the second one?

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Re: Two Photo Files Handled Differently - How do I fix the second one?

Super User II

The first folder isn't showing metadata; it's showing filenames, just like the second folder. It's just that the naming format for those files was different from what was used to name the files on the second folder.

As for the sorting order, this is controlled by your operating system and has nothing to do with Dropbox. The first folder is likely sorting by name, and the name is the date the photo was taken. The second folder also seems to be sorted by the file name. If it's sorting by the order copied, the the files were copied in order by name (which would make sense).

Simply put, you're dealing with two sets of files that are named differently. There's no easy way merge them short of using a file compare utility, such as Beyond Compare, and then renaming them appropriately.

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Re: Two Photo Files Handled Differently - How do I fix the second one?

Super User II
What do you mean by "handled differently"? You're showing two different folders. What is it you're trying to accomplish?

Re: Two Photo Files Handled Differently - How do I fix the second one?

Explorer | Level 3

Rich, what I mean is that the labelling of files in the first folder shows metadata, including the date and time the photo was taken, but not so in the second folder. THe files in the first folder are sorted by the date the picture was taken, wheras in the second folder, they are ordered by when the file was copied. How can I get the files in the second folder to be treated like the files in the first folder, so I can do a meaningful merge? Thanks, Jim

Re: Two Photo Files Handled Differently - How do I fix the second one?

Super User II

The first folder isn't showing metadata; it's showing filenames, just like the second folder. It's just that the naming format for those files was different from what was used to name the files on the second folder.

As for the sorting order, this is controlled by your operating system and has nothing to do with Dropbox. The first folder is likely sorting by name, and the name is the date the photo was taken. The second folder also seems to be sorted by the file name. If it's sorting by the order copied, the the files were copied in order by name (which would make sense).

Simply put, you're dealing with two sets of files that are named differently. There's no easy way merge them short of using a file compare utility, such as Beyond Compare, and then renaming them appropriately.

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Re: Two Photo Files Handled Differently - How do I fix the second one?

Explorer | Level 3

Thanks for the clarification.

 

 

 

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