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I'm trying to move only a certain type of files, *.txt, from their current location to another folder. I know that can be done in Windows Explorer with the search feature + drag and drop. However, that flattens the folder structure and all files end up in the target folder. What I would like to do is move all those files but preserve their relative folder structure. So given a source that looks like this:


And the destination folder:


I'd like a simple way to move or copy the txt files to attain the following:

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You can accomplish this using the Robocopy utility. Robocopy is standard in Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. If you have a previous version of Windows, you can get it as part of the Windows Resource Kit for your version of Windows. From a command prompt, use the following command and it should take care of your problem:

robocopy c:\source c:\destination /E *.txt

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You can add the /MOV option after /E to move the files. You might also want to check out RichCopy, if you're more comfortable with a GUI:… – ThatGraemeGuy Feb 23 '10 at 19:46
Cool utility! I preferred the /S option but this did exactly what I wanted. – James Cadd Feb 23 '10 at 19:52
Thanks Scott; also, to preserve timestamps and such, add "/COPYALL /DCOPY:T ". Note: to use /DCOPY:T, install robocopy version XP026, available via the Robocopy GUI (…). Installing the robocopy gui automatically dumps robocopy.exe into C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32. Note: if you have already installed robocopy via the Microsoft Windows Resource Kit, you will need to rename the version in C:\Program Files\Windows Resource Kits\Tools (I renamed it to robocopyXP010.exe). – iokevins Jul 4 '11 at 5:25

Is xcopy available?

xcopy c:\*.bat z:\targetdir /s

Works on XP. I don't have Windows 7 available at the moment, but it should work.

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