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I want to copy the directory itself, not only the contents.

For example I have


I want to copy DirA into DirB so that I have


Here's what I've tried

copy C:\DirA C:\DirB
xcopy C:\DirA C:\DirB /e /s

But whatever I try to do, DirA gets left out


Note: I have a list of directories I want to copy, so I don't know the directory name beforehand and I can't afford to run a heavyweight program like robocopy 1,000 times.

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Try Powershell's Copy-item:

copy-item C:\DirA -Destination C:\DirB -Recurse


cp C:\DirA -Destination C:\DirB -Recurse

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The Linux cp command also functions as an alias for copy-item. – Davidw Aug 13 '13 at 4:41

Easiest way would be:

xcopy C:\DirA\* C:\DirB\DirA /e /s

Or say your had the folder set as var %foo% in a batch for script

xcopy C:\%foo%\* C:\DirB\%foo%\ /e /s


Also if you are happy to use powershell over Command Prompt

Copy-Item c:\DirA c:\DirB -recurse

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So I have to explicitly specify the source root folder name in the target path as well? Does Windows not have an equivalent to linux's copy -R /mypath /another_existing_path ? – David Aug 13 '13 at 4:21
Not that I know of from cmd - for reference copy xcopy robocopy – 50-3 Aug 13 '13 at 4:31
Powershell does. – Davidw Aug 13 '13 at 4:32
David beat me to it Copy-Item c:\DirA c:\DirB -recurse – 50-3 Aug 13 '13 at 4:37
Ah, I just posted that as an answer. – Davidw Aug 13 '13 at 4:38

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