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:DATSOU /log:c:\logfile.txt

Is there a way that robocopy can point to a list of directories in a test file, that need to be moved, instead of doing it one by one which is the way im currently doing.

  • What version of Windows
    – Ryan Ries
    Dec 12, 2014 at 13:33

2 Answers 2


Create a file named directories.txt:


Then write a Powershell script named RobocopyDirsFromList.ps1:

Foreach ($Directory In Get-Content .\directories.txt)
    robocopy "$Directory" "h:\UserHome" /E /SEC /Copy:DATSOU /log:c:\logfile.txt 

Note: I've not tested this, please test first.

  • Couldn't get this to work, tried a few different scenarios, the directories I put in as \\servername\folder\username but the script flashed up a command screen then disappeared. Didn't create a logfile either, im local admin on the server, and have all the permissions.
    – JJJJNR
    Dec 19, 2014 at 9:55
  • The above code is more of skeleton example. Immediate problem is I assume you need to specify both the source and target folders in the text file. That's tricky - a better solution would be to put the list in a CSV and then use the PowerShell Import-CSV command. Two columns. One for source and one for target. But as this post is 5 years old, probably not going into much more detail. Dec 14, 2019 at 21:34

You need to create folder list file

copy this script and save as BAT/CMD file:

for /f "tokens=*" %%a in (list.txt) do robocopy "%_source%\%%a" "%_dest%\%%a" /E /SEC /Copy:DATSOU /log:c:\logfile.txt

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