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Required:

  • Option to filter files (regex, extension...)
  • Option to copy directory hierarchy for each file
  • Works on WinXP and Win7

Prefered:

  • Regular expression for file filtering
  • Right click explorer integration
  • Free
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Since Windows Vista and Windows Server 2003, Microsoft has included the command-line utility RoboCopy.exe (Robust Copy) that handles all of your requirements and is free. It's also extremely good for repetitive operations where you want to keep two folders in sync (similar to rsync in Linux / Unix environments).

It will definitely handle creating and maintaining directory structures for the files being copied.

With some leg work, you should be able to add some registry entries to provide right-click functionality to call RoboCopy and pass in the folder name you are referencing. The actual setup would depend upon your needs, such as "send a copy of this folder to my standard backup drive."

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Best thing so far, it would be nice if it had regex, but wildcards are ok for now. Some GUI would also be ok for this. –  watbywbarif Nov 29 '10 at 10:55
    
I just wrote a batch script to sync mp3s from my PC to my phone with this tool. Here is the core: robocopy ..\Music H:\music *.mp3, *.ogg /s /purge. It is just prefect. –  Josef Sábl Jan 22 '12 at 8:19
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I don't know exactly but maybe TeraCopy Pro is capable of that: http://www.codesector.com/teracopy.php

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Pro version is not free (EDIT Preferences), maybe someone knows something else. –  watbywbarif Sep 21 '10 at 12:14
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Rsync is the tool of choice to copy directory trees with a filter on file names. It's originally from the unix world, but there are several Windows ports, including Grsync which has a GUI.

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Option to filter files missing in Grsync. –  watbywbarif Nov 29 '10 at 10:41
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