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I want to replicate the folder structure from a location in another location. Also, I want only the structure which is one level deep to be replicated. Is there a way to do it?

I'm running Windows 7 Professional 64 bit.

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Are you looking for a tool that does that or you need to implement that? – detunized Dec 2 '10 at 20:35
a tool, I guess that makes this question more relevant to superuser? Could someone move it? – Pulkit Sinha Dec 2 '10 at 21:14
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You can use XXCOPY with the /T and /DL switches.

/DL Limits processing of directory nesting to n levels.

/T Creates directory structure, but does not copy files. It copies all directories including empty ones

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If you don't want to use third party programs, the windows 7 native XCOPY command can also duplicate a folder structure.

xcopy source dest /t /e

will create the directory structure including empty folder but without copying the files.

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Robocopy supercedes/replaces xcopy in Windows 7, and allows limiting copies to N folder levels deep, e.g.:

robocopy <source> <dest> /e /create /lev:2
  • /e includes subfolders, even if empty (use /s instead to exclude empty folders)

  • /create only copies the folder structure and zero-length files

  • /lev:N limits subfolder traversal to N levels, including the <source> folder you specified... so /lev:1 would only include the <source> folder itself, and /lev:2 includes any subfolders immediately under <source>, but not their subfolders, and so on

See for details.

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From a command prompt:

cd C:\Path\To\Source
for /d %i in (*) do @md "C:\Path\To\Destination\%i"

Make sure to quote the destination path to take into account any folders with spaces in the name.

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Check free Windows tool, 47folders, it was made for it!

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