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I copied a directory using

xcopy /S DIR DIR2

However, instead of a new folder, I got the file DIR2 without any extension, even though it said 86 File(s) copied.

Help says that /S also copies subdirectories. Why doesn't it work?

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You’ve most likely forgotten the /I switch.

If Source is a directory or contains wildcards and Destination does not exist, xcopy assumes Destination specifies a directory name and creates a new directory. Then, xcopy copies all specified files into the new directory. By default, xcopy prompts you to specify whether Destination is a file or a directory.

If the folder didn’t exist you should’ve been prompted if the destination is a file or directory.

You might also be interested in the /e switch instead of /s, which copies all folders, even if they are empty.

There are a large amount of other parameters for xcopy you can find by using a /?. Seldom do my xcopies ever use /s by itself.

More information here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/administration/windows-commands/xcopy

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