I am migrating our file server from 2008 to 2012R2. Currently i am trying to copy all folders and files to our new server but the command isnt working correctly.

Here is what i am using:

robocopy G: D:\ /e /zb /COPY:DATSOU /r:3 /w:1 /v/ /eta /log+:C:\robocopy\copyreport.txt /tee /sec /tbd

But for some reason its NOT working.. it cant find the specific path. I checked and double checked and im 100% sure the paths are working and are correct.. i had an error before with the log file but resolved that.

Anyone knows whats wrong?

Actual error: 2015/04/22 11:24:56 ERROR 3 (0X00000003) Accessing Source Directory G:\ The system cannot find the path specified.

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    Does dir G: actually shows G drive content ? is G drive a local drive or a remote mapped shared directory ? – krisFR Apr 22 '15 at 11:27
  • I mapped our network drive to G: and i double checked it, it shows me content. – SenorWaffels Apr 22 '15 at 11:33
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    Try replacing G: with \\server\path_to\directory within your Robocopy command line – krisFR Apr 22 '15 at 11:34
  • Also tried that, thats the reason we mapped the drive because that method isnt working. – SenorWaffels Apr 22 '15 at 11:37
  • Could be permissions, can you try and run your CMD window as administrator. – Ankh2054 Apr 22 '15 at 11:45

I had the same problem with a mapped drive. I found the answer on the technet forums.

This is caused by running with highest privileges(on the local system). Please run as the user not as administrator. Normally the administrator only has local access, no access to the server.

This problem is caused by running the command as administrator (on the old server). Running the command as a non-administrator user will resolve the problem.

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    Almost 2 years late, but thanks a bunch! This is still very useful! – SenorWaffels Mar 13 '17 at 8:57
  • Awesome, this worked for me perfectly, thanks so much! – Steve Bauman Jan 23 at 21:00

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