PogoPlug - File Modified Date Problems

Have you seen these little things called PogoPlug devices? They are these little gadgets that allow you to hook up USB (or SD) storage volumes to the public Internet. There is software for most every flavor of operating environment, including all of the mobile options, that allows remote access to a bunch of "personal cloud" based storage. Their software even allows you to map drives to any one of your connected machines and access the defined shares points as if they were local a part of your local file system - neat right?

The idea of hanging this little gem somewhere and then being able to back my files up to it or access the files from any remote device is a compelling ideas - one that is worth the low price point and zero recurring cost. So I got one... 

After the install of the device and getting the client software all dialed in I thought I was really on to something, and I still think I may be. The short story of my experience is that the devices acts and performs as advertised with one small gotcha. When I copy files from one machine to another or from one machine to a PogoPlug device the modified date of the file I am copying is trashed. In other words if you have a file that has not been modified in two years and you copy it to another machine through the PogoPlug OR you copy it to the PogoPlug device the modified date of the file is adjusted to the current date and time. 

So what? Who cares? - The problem with is if you are using any sort of backup logic - even a simple robocopy - to figure out what files need to be copied to the PogoPlug then you have a serious problem, because according to the date modified attribute on the PogoPlug version of the file, the file on your computer is always changed because the modified date is different - so you have to copy the file over.

There are other ways to figure out what files need to be copied but the point that I am making here is that you shouldn't have to deal with this right? Seems to me that if I copy a file to a drive that file should retain its properties? I brought this up to the folks at PogoPlug several months ago and so far all I have gotten from them is an acknowledgement of the problem and a promise to fix it at some point. 

I post this blog to share my experiences with the product and to see if there are any others that have had this experience and maybe have a solution to this problem? Posted below is the YouTube video explaining what I am seeing.


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# Anonymous
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 2:14 PM
PogoPlug - Work Around!
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# Jason
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 8:57 AM
Excactly the same problem modified date problems

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