Robocopy is a command line file copy utility for Windows-based operating systems.

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robocopy transfer file and not folder

I'm trying to use robocopy to tranfer a single file from one location to another but robocopy seems to think I'm always specifying a folder. Here is an example: robocopy "c:\transfer_this.txt" "z:\...
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How to get robocopy running in powershell?

I'm trying to use robocopy inside powershell to mirror some directories on my home machines. Here's my script: param ($configFile) $config = Import-Csv $configFile $what = "/COPYALL /B /SEC/ /MIR" $...
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User accidentally messed up a Robocopy command and caused a bunch of folders to get created with corrupt security

We had a user run a robocopy command to copy some files but unfortunately the user accidentally messed up the syntax. Something like: robocopy "\\server1\share\Accounting" \\server1\share\...
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Robocopy: How to move the content of a directory but KEEP the directory

Simple task: Move all the content of the directory c:\Users\files\Desktop\test 2 to c:\Users\files\Desktop\test 1 C:\admin\temp>robocopy "c:\Users\files\Desktop\test 2" "c:\Users\files\Desktop\...
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What switches can robocopy use to preserve file and directory times on the target?

After using robocopy to copy files to a new drive I realized that all the file and directory creation times and been reset to the time of copying. Are there some switches to make robocopy keep the ...
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On Windows: is it safe to do a robocopy in order to clone the system?

Let me start by giving a bit of a background. On Linux systems, I frequently rely on the fact that as long as I can get all files over from one hard drive to another, and as long as I fix up the boot ...
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The Job and Monitoring Options of RoboCopy

What does the Job Options of RoboCopy do? And what exactly does the /MON and /MOT switches do? How can I use them? I don't understand them, and can't find any examples on how to use them. /MON:...
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What is a S-X-X-XX-XXXXXXXXXX-XXXXXXXXXX-XXXXXXXXX-XXXX called in Windows security?

I copied two trees, a source and a destination, that I copied with robocopy like this: robocopy /MIR C:\Windows\System32\tasks\ C:\temp\robocopyTasks\out\ robocopy /E /Copy:S /IS /IT C:\Windows\...
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Wildcard directory exclusions with robocopy — weird case

I need to get robocopy to exclude any file whose path contains a directory with a particular name. For example, "bar": c:\foo\bar\a.txt c:\bar\c.txt d:\baz\bar\flub\d.txt should be excluded, but ...
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Exclude only some files with the same name when copying using robocopy

I have a directory structure like this: folder1\ help.txt folder2\ help.txt folder3\ help.txt ... I want to copy the contents of folder1 using robocopy. For example: ...
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Can Robocopy be made to skip open files?

We are using Robocopy to redistribute files which arrive via FTP in a drop folder. Ideally we want Robocopy to leave files alone if they are still being FTPd. Having tried various switches, Robocopy ...
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How to properly migrate file server data?

We are in the process of decommissioning our old file server in a much-needed upgrade. It goes without saying that this needs to be as seamless as possible, as to affect the end-users as little as ...
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Combining RoboCopy with FtpUse

Our clients need to transfer specified files from their network to ours through FTP. The transfer must be invoked automatically whenever one of the specified files changes. For this purpose, RoboCopy ...
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How do I use Robocopy to exclude ALL subfolders under a chosen folder?

I'm trying to use Robocopy in a way that excludes all subfolders under a chosen folder. In other words, I only want to target a folder and robocopy only the files within it but not it's subfolders. ...
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Backup with Mercurial and Robocopy?

The Problem We would like to backup our critical files from several network shares to a removable hard drive. We want to automate the backup so we don't have to remember to run it. It needs to ...
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Completely silent robocopy

I'm trying to robocopy some files silently. Right now, I have robocopy putting everything into a log file, which is fine, but after it finished, Log File: C:\<logfiledestination> is printed. My ...
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How to get robocopy summary information involved in powershell?

I have a quick script written to compare file differences across servers, and then give a prompt for whether to mirror the changes. I'd like it to intelligently NOT prompt for copying if there aren't ...
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Why does RoboCopy create a hidden system folder?

I thought I would try out RoboCopy for mirroring the contents of a folder to another harddrive. And seems like it worked. But, for some reason, to see the destination folder I have to both enable Show ...
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How do I get robocopy to use a log file which includes spaces?

I'm trying the following command: robocopy "x:\dir" "y:\dir" /mir /z /tee /fft /nfl /ndl /eta /log:"x:\path to logs\12-15-11 01 file with spaces.txt" I'm getting this error: ERROR : Invalid ...
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Can Robocopy be configured to only log the “errors”?

Can Robocopy be configured to only log the “errors”? On a large copy job, I’m really only interested in knowing what files were NOT copied.
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File server migration using Robocopy

I plan to migrate a file share from Windows server 2003 to Server 2012 R2 (It has more than 500 GB of data. FYI - It does not have DFS). I thought of using below command for copying the data from ...
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How do I use robocopy with a large number of excluded files?

I want to use robocopy to move a large number of files, except those that are in a whitelist. The whitelist contains approximately 150 files of different names. When I copy-and-paste the whitelist's ...
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Robocopy failure with Windows Server 2008 Scheduled Task

So I have a batch script for robocopy. Running this from the command line does exactly what I want. robocopy "D:\SQL Backup" \\server1\Backup$\daily /mir /s /copyall /log:\\lmcrfs4g\NavBackup$\...
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Looking for a faster way to transfer file to a windows network share

Update: This is just for one way transfer. No need to sync. I am currently using Robocopy to transfer a huge file which is zipped and send to a remote network share. Is there a faster tool? Lately, ...
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Copy multiple folders to a single destination with robocopy

I'm looking for a solution to use robocopy to copy several folders from a directory onto a distant network share. I want to choose several folders out of a directory that contains hundreds of folders ...
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Scheduled Robocopy task fails with 0x10 error

I'm trying to schedule a file-sync between two dedicated servers on a LAN. The remote machine is running Windows Server 2003 and the local machine is running Windows Server 2008. I mounted the remote ...
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Robocopy, do not overwrite existing files, but copy the changed / new ones

Is it possible to mirror the two directories without overwritting the files in destination directory with new/changed/deleted files. Something like snapshots. Example: Copy the source directory with ...
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Robocopy from list.txt

I have a ton of user directories, that I need to move along with permissions to another location, the command I use on an individual basis is : robocopy "\filer\home" "h:\UserHome" /E /SEC /Copy:...
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RoboCopy fails with “the specified network name is no longer available”

We have a scheduled task that runs robocopy periodically to mirror a rather large folder structure from one server to another (thousands of folders, 100,000+ files, 50+ GB in size). There is a share ...
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How to copy junction points on Windows XP?

I have tried several different tools in order to be able to copy junction points on Windows XP but none of them copied the junction point as junction point. All programs I have tried so far are ...
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Roaming Profile Permissions and Migration

Currently a client as 2003 DC and we are migrating them to a 2008R2 on a 2012 Hyper-V Host. They have a handful of roaming profiles - but with the usual setup - i.e. the only permissions on the actual ...
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Why did robocopy cause my Windows 2012 server to hang last night?

I'm in the process of decommissioning an old 2003 server, which acts as a file server, and am just attempting a dry-run of migrating the file repository over to a new Windows Storage Server 2012 box. ...
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How can I take a one time full backup of a Windows Server without the need for a restore program?

I have a Windows SBS server with about 500GB of data that I'm decommissioning but I'd like to take a final backup of the server and place it on an external USB drive. I already have multiple backups ...
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Server 2008 robocopy access denied to user folders + /B error I don't understand

This is a two-parter. A) Trying to do this in server 2008, with command being run by domain admin: Robocopy \server\c$\users D:\backupfolder /MIR I get "Access Denied" on all files in the user ...
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Get robocopy to copy completely silently

Is it possible to run robocopy in some sort of "completely silent" mode?
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Automate Windows Robocopy with internal changes monitor /MON:1 option

The /MON:1 option works just great and run directory scan if only changes happened. This is something that is not possible to do if robocpy is ran from windows scheduler each 10 min. Is there a way ...
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Exchange DiskShadow/Robocopy backup does not purge log files

I have a series of scripts setup to backup my Exchange. The following command is executed to start the process: diskshadow /s C:\Backup_Scripts\exchangeserverbackupscript1.dsh This is ...
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Using ROBOCOPY to MOVE data around, not copy it

I have the following powershell script, which executes a few robocopy commands: ROBOCOPY.exe $q3 $q4 /R:5 /W:15 /S /NP /MT:32 /XA:SH /XJD ROBOCOPY.exe $q2 $q3 /R:5 /W:15 /S /NP /MT:32 /XA:SH /XJD ...
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Robocopy Blow Away and Recreate?

I have a question about ROBOCOPY which I have not been able to iron out in my research. When copying directories recursively with the /E flag and where the directory already exists at the target, ...
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How to delete files older than 30 days with robocopy?

I have two folders synchronised with robocopy (src and mirror) and I try to not removing files in the mirror before 30 days. I tried with /MINAGE option to say "consider every files older than 30 days"...
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Windows Server to Server copy, executed remotely, process overview

Ok so I've got 3 servers in this example Server_A, Server_B, Server_C I want to move data over the network from Server_A to Server_B by executing a batch script on Server_C, it would be something ...
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Robocopy falsely marks files as newer

I have two NTFS formatted drives on different machines and I do a robocopy mirror between them like this: robocopy "D:\My Documents" "X:\Backup\My Documents" /MIR /V /NP /XD .* /XO /XA:SHTO /FAT /Z /...
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Hudson copying files with Robocopy

I have hudson setup on a CI server, I'm using robocopy to copy files across to a webserver. I'm having some problems with exit codes. Robocopy reports so many different exit codes for success and ...
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Copying large amount of data between volumes on Windows 2008, fast method?

I need to copy data from/to very large volumes (2TB) on a Windows 2008 Server. Are there any tools I should consider using that maximizes throughput (hopefully with a resume-function)? I've always ...
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Robocopy exclude directory in recursive file structure

This seems to be a popular question on the net, but everyone else seems to be OK with being able to specify only a portion of the full path in order to achieve a sort of wildcard. I need to be more ...
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What does my service account need to get around the error “Manage Auditing user right” in robocopy?

I am creating a scheduled task that calls robocopy from a script on Windows Server 2012 R2. It currently throws the following error regardless of it being run manually or from a scheduled task: ERROR ...
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NAS Migration: Preserve “Previous Versions” shadow copies

We're planning a forklift upgrade of our NAS and were going to use a utility like Robocopy to move the files over. However we'd like to preserve Windows' "Previous Versions" shadow copies. Any way to ...
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Robocopy hiding folders on backup drives

I have a backup batch file that uses Robocopy to backup my files (note this example contains newlines that you should remove): robocopy "C:\" "G:\Default\RoboCopyBackup\C" /XF Pagefile.sys /XD "...
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RoboCopy errors on Windows Server 2008

I am getting bizarre error with RoboCopy in Server 2008. It will randomly hang with "The specified network name is no longer available." error. Once that happens, it will continue to fail on the ...
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Robocopy from one to many

I am trying to use robocopy to update some internal AV clients that are not working. They will update once I the files are copied manually in. I've tried the following robocopy script, but can't get ...