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I have the following folders on a Windows machine



Both folders are empty.

I want to execute a copy operation from a command prompt so that I have this in the end:



In other words, I want to copy FolderToCopy so that it is now in the C:\Dest folder.

I know this should be easy - I do this often enough from the UI - but nothing I try seems to work.

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robocopy C:\FolderToCopy\ C:\Dest\FolderToCopy /E

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That did the trick. Good ol' robocopy! – Tola Odejayi Mar 1 '10 at 17:38
XCOPY /S /Y C:\FolderToCopy C:\Dest\

The last slash is important.

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I tried this (even with the last slash) but it didn't work. – Tola Odejayi Mar 1 '10 at 15:48
If you want to use XCOPY in this concrete case, you must add the /E switch to copy also empty folders. – Wayfarer Jul 13 '15 at 13:25

copy C:\FolderToCopy\*.* C:\Dest\FolderToCopy

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No joy with this, either. – Tola Odejayi Mar 1 '10 at 15:48

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