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I see this asked in linux and ubuntu forums/sites but could never find one for xcopy or Windows x86/64 platform (or an application)

I wish to back-up a folder to another drive, but I would like to "keep" the files and folders on the source drive BUT sized at 0 bytes.

I want to save disk-space by backing up the data/files, but I want to make sure that I know what I have so I don't accidentally make duplicates. (also an easy way to know what you have on the Back-up drive instead of having to plug it in everytime)

Hopefully my question makes sense, First time asking on SU (1st time ever asking any where, google failed me, or my search term was too vague)

Windows 7 Ult. x64

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Have you tried Robocopy (built in to Vista+) robocopy /mov should move the files, but leave directories intact. Note /move is different than /mov – AthomSfere Jan 19 '14 at 2:52
everywhere I look says /mov moves files and folders AND deletes source – HyeVltg3 Jan 19 '14 at 2:57
Is there some reason for not using more standard tools to do your backups? – Eliptical View Jan 19 '14 at 3:12
Not sure what you mean by "standard" But my "Backup" implies that I'm taking a file/folder (mostly .rar's) copying it to an external drive for means of stroage, but retain an empty(0 zero byte) file on the source drive so I know I already have that file/folder on an External Drive. – HyeVltg3 Jan 19 '14 at 3:17
Just going off robocopy /? here: " /MOV :: MOVe files (delete from source after copying). /MOVE :: MOVE files AND dirs (delete from source after copying)." – AthomSfere Jan 19 '14 at 6:50

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