I will add another non-working feature of the Vista Briefcase.
I "used" to create a briefcase directly on a CD-RW disc and drag the
folders/files that I wanted to back up to it.
Every week, I would pop in the CD, open the briefcase and "Update All" it
would replace the files that had changed since my last backup. Worked great.
Now, in Vista...
1) I cannot actually "create" the briefcase on the CD-RW disc. I have the
OPTION (right clilck) and it starts some operation, but a briefcase is not
created and there is no error message other any other indication of a problem
- there's just no briefcase created.
2) I read all of the instructions in Vista Help and it said to create the
Briefcase on the hard drive and drag that to the CD-RW. I did that and it
DID, in fact, copy the Briefcase to the CD. However, there's nothing in the
"Sync Copy In" or "Status" fields. and, when I try to "Update All" on the
Briefcase on the CD, it gives me a error message "There is not enough memory
to open the Briefcase database."
I can do this exact "backup" procedures using my USB drive but not my CD-RW
drive like I used. Is this functionality going to be repaired/reinstated or
should I get another USB drive (the one I had wasn't big enough) and throw my
CD-RW disks away?
> A number of functionality and usability issues have been raised in the
> forums concerning Vista's version of briefcase.
> In the absence of specific explanations, resolutions or satisfactory
> workarounds from non-MS participants, an MS response would be greatly
> Issue Summary:
> 1. Silent failure when briefcase host drive runs out of space
> 2. Internal (to briefcase) inconsistency in modified/unmodified status
> 3. Incorrect operation of "Details" dialog (UI principles)
> 4. Poor UI design of update dialog makes significantly impairs access to key
> information (filename)
> 5. General regression of utility w.r.t. Briefcase under XP
> 6. Impact increased by lack of compensating Sync capabilities in e.g. Vista
> Humour begins here... had Briefcase XP somehow accumulated bad karma when it
> was reincarnated?