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If you did not already do so, you can specify a test or real mirror by opening the configuration dialog and selecting a source and destination on the mappings tab. You can exclude files and folders by dropping them on the Lazy Mirror window.

The scanner

Lazy Mirror will wait for you to press the start button or select the start command from one of its menus before it starts to update the destinations. Once a scan has started you can stop it with the stop button or the stop command from the scanner menu.

When you minimize Lazy Mirror you can track its status and control it through the icon in the system tray. Right clicking the icon in the system tray provides Start and Stop menu commands. Double clicking it will restore the Lazy Mirror window.


During a scan Lazy Mirror collects some statistics about the sources and destinations and displays them in the statistics panel. You can control the displayed information with the legends on the left, the statistics main menu and the context menu of the statistics panel.

Lazy Mirror stores the number of files and sizes for every archive in the Windows registry. If you manually remove files from the archive or distrust the displayed information then you can clear the stored information with the Clear archive info command from the Statistics menu. It will be refreshed from disk with the next scan.

Log files

If you plan to mirror a source with a lot of files then consider to switch of some of the logging options on the general tab of the configuration dialog. The same options are accessible by the log main menu and the context menu of the log window. This way you can keep the size of the log file down when you run the scanner for the first time. You can switch these toggles on or off during a scan.

User interface
LazyMirror running on Windows 2000

Lazy Mirror keeps track of its actions in a log file stored in the root of the archive with the name Lazy Mirror log.txt. Every destination has its own log file and before starting an update the log of the previous scan will be moved from the root to the last time slot of the archive.

Lazy Mirror keeps the last lines of the log in its editor. All actions, and maybe more important, all errors encountered during a scan, will be written to this log. Check out these log files for errors and check whether they threaten the integrity of your copy. The last log file created by Lazy Mirror is available with the "Open last log" speed button and through the Open Last logs command from the log main menu.

Test run

If you are in for a test run then hit the start button to see what's happening. Change a few files in the source, hit start again and see how Lazy Mirror copies the changes from source to destination and how it stores the previous versions of these files in its archive. You can always return to this documentation by clicking on the Help buttons in Lazy Mirror.

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