I'm having some issues on some of the formatting. My code looks for the new files in a folder structure and returns those items, but I would like to trim the result to only show the first 3 folders in the path. Is there anyway to do this using split-path? Example:

What I have returned in the File is: \\Folder1\Folder2\Folder3\Folder4\File.txt

What I would like to see after the split-path is: \\Folder1\Folder2\Folder3

$File = Get-ChildItem -File -Recurse $Path | Where { $_.LastWriteTime -ge (Get-Date).Addminutes(-5) } 

foreach ($item in $file){

$ItemDirectory = $Item.Directory 
$result = split-path $ItemDirectory -Parent


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This should work regardless of how many sub folders are in the path:

$result = $ItemDirectory
While (($result -split '\\' | ? { $_ }).Count -gt 3) {
   $result = Split-Path $result -Parent
  • To make use the 4th folder can I just change the 3 to a 4?
    – psstdnt
    Jan 28, 2016 at 23:10
  • Yes, the 3 represents folder depth so change that to expand the result. Jan 29, 2016 at 1:07

You might want to try
$result = split-path (split-path $itemDirectory -parent)

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