I have a deep folder structure that organizes the files that I download from internet. There are about 15 high level folders and each on an average has 12 sub folders. Some are nested further. When I download, I save directly into the proper folders. The structure grows as well, needing new folders to be created as necessary.

How can I find the files that are recently added, anywhere in the folder structure?

The reason I really need this for is this. I maintain multiple backups of thousands of these ever growing files, in external hdd and pen drives, with the same folder structure. I want to quickly copy-paste the newly saved files from my pc to backup locations. The built in Windows 7 copy does allow to skip copying files that exist already etc but I find attempting to copy-paste thousands of files and then waiting for the prompt to show up really tedious.

As a supplementary question, is there a tool that would copy only the newly saved files?


The normal windows search function will allow you to search on date created or date modified. This will allow you to see what has been created on what day or since a specific day.

  • I don't know why it didn't work earlier, before I posted this rather embarrassingly long question! Thanks.
    – Dirt
    May 30 '13 at 19:01
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    No worries! good luck! Also, take a look at robocopy: technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc733145%28v=ws.10%29.aspx It should do what you're looking for.
    – Jason H
    May 30 '13 at 19:03
  • rsync and robocopy are good for quick syncing.
    – Ram
    May 30 '13 at 19:20

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