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Windows 7: "Move, but keep both files" ~ Any way to rename original file instead?

26 May 2011   #11
crackshot91

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I am very sorry I haven't responded sooner. I didn't expect this kind of response!

To clarify: What I would like is when copying a file to a folder where an identical exists, an option to rename the original file, that is, the one that was already in the folder, by appending a simple "(1)" or "(bak)" to the end of the file name. IE: a reverse of the current option to rename the file being moved.
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Fligi: But then, for every person who uses it correctly, we'd have two people posting here not having a damn clue what they did with their original file. No, I think Windows Dev Team did it correctly, no offense to the original poster.
That's a fair point, WebMattR... Maybe if the option was hidden? sort of like "more information" when you are moving data, but "more options".


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26 May 2011   #12
WebMattR

W7 Professional x64
 
 

So, I now've a question. Are you backing up the same file repeatedly? If so, there probably is 3rd party software that'll archive the old version for you.
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27 May 2011   #13
Imperfect1

 
 

Actually, there might be another way to accomplish the same purpose -- sort of a work-around:

Open Windows Explorer and rename the original file FIRST - filenamehere(1); then open the file and SaveAs, naming the new file filenamehere(2).
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27 May 2011   #14
Digerati

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit
 
 

There are several bulk rename utilities that work great. To rename the original files would still require some sort of work around, but at least with a bulk renamer, you can manipulate several files at once, instead of one at a time. You can rename all the originals, copy them, then rename all the copies.

But, WebMattR is right when he said the "Windows Dev Team did it correctly" - although actually, the common sense method used by default today was developed long before Windows 1.0 - before Microsoft even.
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28 Nov 2011   #15
MarkC0

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

So where could I find third party software that could help me resolve the issue the OP explained?
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15 Dec 2011   #16
MarkC0

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I can't imagine there isn't something out there to fix this... I am looking to have the ORIGINAL file renamed, not the file I am moving. Any solutions?
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15 Dec 2011   #17
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

The solution could be coded up in Perl or Python or whatever, then compiled to an .exe so it could be run from the command line. All you'd have to do is check the destination directory for the file being copied, rename it according to what the user wants (solicit this option at the command line), and copy the file. Someone on here with more time than me should be able to do this relatively quickly.
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17 Dec 2011   #18
MarkC0

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FliGi7 View Post
The solution could be coded up in Perl or Python or whatever, then compiled to an .exe so it could be run from the command line. All you'd have to do is check the destination directory for the file being copied, rename it according to what the user wants (solicit this option at the command line), and copy the file. Someone on here with more time than me should be able to do this relatively quickly.
I agree, seems like something rather simple for someone savvy with this kind of thing. Yet I cannot find it anyyyyywhere, I mean I've checked every major open-source community... nothing xD.
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21 Dec 2011   #19
MarkC0

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hate to double post but better than making a new thread. I dreadfully need a solution to the problem the OP has explained. Any help would be appreciated!

I need to move specific files to folders containing thousands of other files. I won't be moving many files in bulk, nor will I be moving files into a specific location, it's basically random.
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25 Dec 2011   #20
MarkC0

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm lost for words... to see the complicated things people have added on to Windows... to think there isn't a third party file management program that could do this at the very least... maybe everyone is just annoyed at my double-posts? Help, please. pretty please.
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