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I'm trying to move all folders in "test" to the new folder "data"

move E:\test* E:\data\ but it does not work The system cannot find the file specified.

move E:\test E:\data this one works, but it copies also the test folder.

thanks in advance

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

move on windows doesn't do this for some reason.

My suggestion would be to use Powershell with the move-item cmdlet:

ps> move-item e:\test\* e:\data 
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for /F "delims=" %a in ('dir e:\test /a:d /b') do move "e:\test\%a" e:\data
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why not just use for /D? – Harry Johnston Sep 24 '12 at 22:28
I am not sure, I don't think I've ever used FOR without /F :) – Dusan Bajic Sep 25 '12 at 14:02

Powershell (as per SvenW's answer) is best practice, but if you prefer the old fashioned command line:

for /D %i in (e:\test\*) do move "%i" e:\data

You have to double up the percent signs (i.e., use %%i instead of %i) in a batch file.

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