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Jul 15, 2009, 08:49 AM
Hi All,

I was debating whether to put this in the 'Windows' forum, or here, and figured I would try this first.

I am trying to use the XCOPY command to copy a large amount of files from one shared network drive to the other. When I try to do this manually, I run into many errors, which, in Windows XP, stops the copy process. This XCOPY looks exactly like what I need, but I can't quite figure out how to specify the correct target and destination folders.

For example, I want to copy 'V:\Blaze' to 'Z:\Blaze'. Both are shared network drives for work. I was thinking something like this:

xcopy v:\Blaze /c

/c is the command for continuing despite errors. I am pretty unfamiliar with DOS - I assume I would have to make the target drive my current drive that the session is for? I barely even know how to do that.

Thanks for any information here.

Jul 15, 2009, 08:58 AM
xcopy v:\blaze\*.* z:\blaze\ /E /C /F /Y

H:\>xcopy /?
Copies files and directory trees.

XCOPY source [destination] [/A | /M] [/D[:date]] [/P] [/S [/E]] [/V] [/W]
[/C] [/I] [/Q] [/F] [/L] [/G] [/H] [/R] [/T] [/U]
[/K] [/N] [/O] [/X] [/Y] [/-Y] [/Z] [/B]

source Specifies the file(s) to copy.
destination Specifies the location and/or name of new files.
/A Copies only files with the archive attribute set,
doesn't change the attribute.
/M Copies only files with the archive attribute set,
turns off the archive attribute.
/D:m-d-y Copies files changed on or after the specified date.
If no date is given, copies only those files whose
source time is newer than the destination time.
Specifies a list of files containing strings. Each string
should be in a separate line in the files. When any of the
strings match any part of the absolute path of the file to be
copied, that file will be excluded from being copied. For
example, specifying a string like \obj\ or .obj will exclude
all files underneath the directory obj or all files with the
.obj extension respectively.
/P Prompts you before creating each destination file.
/S Copies directories and subdirectories except empty ones.
/E Copies directories and subdirectories, including empty ones.
Same as /S /E. May be used to modify /T.
/V Verifies the size of each new file.
/W Prompts you to press a key before copying.
/C Continues copying even if errors occur.
/I If destination does not exist and copying more than one file,
assumes that destination must be a directory.
/Q Does not display file names while copying.
/F Displays full source and destination file names while copying.
/L Displays files that would be copied.
/G Allows the copying of encrypted files to destination that does
not support encryption.
/H Copies hidden and system files also.
/R Overwrites read-only files.
/T Creates directory structure, but does not copy files. Does not
include empty directories or subdirectories. /T /E includes
empty directories and subdirectories.
/U Copies only files that already exist in destination.
/K Copies attributes. Normal Xcopy will reset read-only attributes.
/N Copies using the generated short names.
/O Copies file ownership and ACL information.
/X Copies file audit settings (implies /O).
/Y Suppresses prompting to confirm you want to overwrite an
existing destination file.
/-Y Causes prompting to confirm you want to overwrite an
existing destination file.
/Z Copies networked files in restartable mode.
/B Copies the Symbolic Link itself versus the target of the link

The switch /Y may be preset in the COPYCMD environment variable.
This may be overridden with /-Y on the command line.

Jul 20, 2009, 05:18 PM
I have no idea why you would think to ask a Windows command line question in a mac programming forum. Microsoft specific forums somewhere else would be best.

My first suggestion would be to use the GUI and drag the files to the new folder.

If you must use xcopy try this:

xcopy v:\blaze\*.* z:\blaze /e /c /i /y