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Is there anyway to xcopy just changed or new files?

I am trying to deploy a website from my desktop to my webserver and so right now I am doing this: xcopy C:\source X:\destination /s My desktop is a Windows XP machine and I need to copy to a ...
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What is the benefit of copy over xcopy on the command line?

I know that xcopy has more options however is there some benefit to using copy rather than xcopy?
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Windows: File copy/move with filename regular expressions?

i basically want to run: C:\>xcopy [0-9]{13}\.(gif|jpg|png) s:\TargetFolder /s i know xcopy doesn't support regular-expression filename searches. i can't find out how to find out if PowerShell ...
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XCOPY Behavior copying between remote servers

I am trying to determine the bandwidth usage of XCOPY when copying files between two remote servers. I am on an XP workstation running a batch file (over a WLAN) which uses XCOPY to copy files from ...
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Why is xcopy returning “invalid number of parameters”?

Under some circumstances, xcopy will return the error Invalid number of parameters without giving you a clue as to what’s going on. The usual solution for this is to be sure that your filenames are ...
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Backing Up from command prompt

I am trying to backup my system from the command prompt as windows will not boot. I only want to backup documents but i am trouble with the command. I am using "xcopy c:\documents and settings*.doc ...
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How to copy only new files AND only those that are modified after a certain date?

I would like to copy files from one drive to another, but I only want to copy source files that are newer than the destination file. BUT, I also want to only copy source files that have been changed ...
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xcopy files into single directory

I'd like to use xcopy on a windows machine to pull out all files with .png extension into a single directory. I tried xcopy C:\folder\*.png /s C:\png\ But its keeping the subdirectories inside ...
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Incremental/Differential Backup on Windows

What's the easiet way to perform an incremental/differential backup to a network share in Windows? Does a Robocopy/Xcopy solution work reasonably well (I need to the parameters!) or is there a good ...
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Copying many files without stopping on errors on OSX

I need to copy several Gb from an external HD to my moan hd and some files will cause errors. If I do this with the finder, it will stop on the first error. Is there a way to copy everything no ...
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Where should I xcopy-deploy my applications on Windows 7?

a customer's I have some applications that are installed with plain xcopy. I know those applications will write some data into their installed directory at runtime. Now I want this application to be ...
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Behavior of xcopy when moving files on a network drive

Using a batch file, suppose a directory on a network machine, mapped to a drive with net use. net use \\"server name"\"share name" y: Then from that directory y: cd archive An xcopy to another ...
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Spaces in FOR /R output

I need to copy a file C:\plst.m3u into all subfolders of C:\Music. I'm using this command: FOR /R "C:\Music" %G IN (.) DO xcopy "C:\plst.m3u" %G It works, but only for the paths, which doesn't ...
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Use OneDrive as additional backup location

I'm trying to take advantage of the fact that OneDrive now offers unlimited space, and allows these files to not take up space locally. I already have a backup system in place, but I would like to add ...
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xcopy Not Surpressing File/Directory Query

Hey folks, I'm attempting to use xcopy to copy over a file from one machine to another on our network as part of a Java program. I'm calling xcopy like this: xcopy "C:\Program Files\path\to\my\file" ...
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Backup Important Windows files to USB drive

A person I know who is not very good with computers wants to have an easy way of backing up important files on Windows, with the ideal process being: Plug in USB drive Click on Desktop shortcut Have ...
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XCOPY /Exclude Directory Syntax

I'm trying to use XCOPY to copy a directory that looks like this: -MainFolder -ManyFoldersIWantToCopy -ManyFoldersIWantToCopy -... -Source Code I want to use the /EXCLUDE option to copy every ...
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Windows XP xcopy files with extensions recursively

I have a single-line script that copies all ".ext1" files from current folder to destination folder recursively: xcopy *.ext1 D:\dest /s /d /y It works perfectly. Now I want to copy all *.ext2 as ...
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What's wrong with my XCOPY line?

I'm trying to write a batch file that will copy all new files from a source to a destination without prompting (it will be running on a server). This script will not copy files that already exist in ...
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Copy files from FAT32 to NTFS, preserving date

I have a FAT32 flash drive full of old archived emails, and their creation/modification date is important because it represents when the email was received. I'm trying to copy these over to another ...
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Running a certain XCOPY command without user interaction

I am trying to run the following command in Windows CLI: XCOPY Z:\.vimrc %USERPROFILE%\_vimrc /H The /H part needs to be there because Z:\.vimrc is a hidden file. When I run the command above, I ...
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XCopy on server?

Normally, on my website, files are either handled by WordPress or by me doing FTP. I'd like to copy my entire site to a new folder. I don't want to copy it down to my local drive (with wget) and then ...
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Administrator getting “access denied” - unable to create directory

As far as I can tell, I am in the Administrators group on Windows 7 Service Pack 1. With CMD prompt pinned to my Start menu, I rightmouse and select Run as Admin and get this error on xcopy: ...
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How to optionally copy and rename a file in Windows?

Basically, in an automated batch file, I want to copy and rename a file if the destination file is missing or older. There are several variants, which do not quite work: copy /Y c:\source\a.file ...
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How do I automatically copy data when attaching external storage?

If I am correct to assume that once I place a DVD/disk in my optical drive (or use a USB flash drive or external HDD for that matter; for arguments sake) that this action would in effect trigger an ...
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copy file in 8.3 format produces “There is already a file with the same name in this location” error in windows 7

I use xcopy and batch scripting to backup newer files xcopy "src" "dest" /O /X /E /H /K /I /D. I was asked if I want to replace something which should not happen. So I did the copy process manually ...
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XCOPY Copied files and folders as a file

Today i had some problems with a laptop, and i had to reinstall the windows on it, while i was in the recovery console, i used XCOPY batch command to copy files and folders from ...
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xcopy only copy subdirectories with their contents

As the title says... An example: I have these files & dirs: c:\file.txt c:\a\somefile.txt c:\b\anotherfile.txt And with some magic I want this structure on the destination: ...
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XCOPY not copying directories

I am trying to copy one directory to another directory. It seems I can copy a file but directories won't copy. Running this at cmd: XCOPY C:\Drivers C:\Users\lenovo\Desktop Gives 0 File(s) ...
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can't exclude path with a space (xcopy)

I'm trying to use xcopy /exclude:exclude.txt and one of the paths in exclude.txt has a space in it and it's not working. Is there any workaround for this?
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How to copy directory structure, by only two levels but not the third?

From XP's Command Prompt, I am using XCOPY to copy directory structure of s:\bloo\"[8family]\"[30-40genus]\"[5species]\ and want to limit the structure to just the genus and families, and ignore the ...
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How can I keep XCOPY from copying more than it should?

I have a script for copying files from one folder to another. The XCOPY command looks like this: XCOPY /E /Y /V /D:%date% %reportsDataPath% TMP\ The date flag is supposed to make it copy only ...
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Files copied using xcopy command are hidden in destination

I copied almost 100GB of files from my laptop to my external drive using the following xcopy command. X:\windows\system32>XCOPY E:\ "L:\BackupFolder\" /S /E All the files in E: were copied to ...
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How can I merge two directories in Windows and have the result contain the most recent files and directories?

I believe this question to be very simple however I want to triple check before I screw myself up. My testing has shown this process to work (I think, but I may be missing something) but again I'd ...
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xcopy and invalid drive specification

I am trying to use xcopy and it always returns with invalid drive specification xcopy "C:\socp.tar" "\\FMDX1024\C\socp.tar" FMDX1024 is a machine on the network. any clue?
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How to use Robocopy to copy a folder structure into all (sub)folders located under one directory?

Is there anyway for me to quickly take an empty folder structure I have created on my desktop and copy it to 488 other folders all located on a network drive but in the same folder? My primary ...
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How to use xcopy with relative paths? [closed]

I've tried to use xcopy using relative paths and have had no luck. I opened a command prompt as administrator. CD'd to my base directory where I want to xcopy a valid file from one location to ...
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How to avoid XCopy run into the error: The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process?

I am xcopying data from my local directory to a shared windows drive. Once in a while i get an issue where in the middle of copying i see the following error: The process cannot access the file ...
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Batch file, copy files beginning with (A,B,C,D,E)

Instead of running xcopy 6 times, is there a way to define an array of files to copy? xcopy \\\from_location\\(A,B,C,D,E)*.txt \\\to_location\
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Looking for a way to copy a file that does not lock the file being copied

I am aggregating together data that is being generated at a bunch of disparate sources, in a mixed environment of various versions of windows (xp/7) and one linux (centos). The data is available via ...
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Copying a directory by retaining its permission

I've located this KB article which explains the topic title. But what my problem is that when I use "xcopy" command; it only copies the contents inside a directory to the new location but not the ...
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1answer
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Copy folder structure on Windows except for one folder with files

I need to copy folder structure without files except for one sub-folder. That is I want to copy the folder structure without files plus only one of the sub-folder to be copied with its content. I can ...
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Copy Windows directory, including specified directory

I want to copy the directory itself, not only the contents. For example I have C:\DirA\SubDirA\FileA I want to copy DirA into DirB so that I have C:\DirB\DirA\SubDirA\FileA Here's what I've ...
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Is the order of options for xcopy command important?

Is there a difference between these two lines?: xcopy C:\source X:\destination /s /d xcopy C:\source X:\destination /d /s I've noticed that with the first one I also copy newer files in subfolder, ...
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Copying only newer files from one folder to another

I have 2 folders with files. These files are the product of some build process. The first folder is the outputs of previous build while the latter is the output of the current build. I would like to ...
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Xcopy batch file behavior

I have the following backup batch file: xcopy C:\test.txt \\server\Data\user\"data test" /e /y /i Why does it not only copy the file listed but proceeds to copy the whole root directory? When I ...
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Xcopy not creating source folder on target drive

I'd like to copy this folder: c:\temp\test to e:\backup with xcopy c:\temp\test e:\backup\ /S and I expect to get everything in this folder: e:\backup\test Not so. The files ...
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I copied a folder with copy&paste instead of 'xcopy'. How to fix that?

I copied a folder (Windows Server 2003) with copy-paste instead of 'xcopy' or 'robocopy'. Now I lost the original permissions, and I can't re-do the copy process (can't access the original folder). ...
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Batch copy gives errors, xcopy works fine

I am writing a general file backup program. It searches the drive for files matching a set of types and then writes them to a folder on the desktop. I wrote it using xcopy on Windows XP but upon ...
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How to Copy File and Folder permissions but not folders and files?

I have two copies of same folder in windows. but the permissions of one of them are missing. How can I copy permissions of the original source to other? I know I can use the xcopy command but the data ...