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Windows 7: xcopy - destination folder becomes a hidden system folder - why?

09 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 64bit
xcopy - destination folder becomes a hidden system folder - why?


I've created a batch file containing the xcopy command to copy the entire partitioned drive to a folder on an external hard drive. However, when it is executed it works fine but the destination folder, called Backup, becomes a hidden system folder. Does any one know why this is the happening. I'm performing the xcopy on my parents computer, which is on Windows 7.
Code is as follows:

REM This copies the intire H drive (Laptop Parition) to G drive (Segatemega Drive)
xcopy H:\ G:\Backup /D /E /C /R /I /K /Y


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10 Jun 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Not my forte but I believe adding the attribute to remove hidden and system would work. Not sure about the syntax, but since you seem to have a handle on it, something like:

xcopy H:\ G:\Backup /D /E /C /R /I /K /Y
attrib -h -s G:\Backup

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10 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 8 Core X64

The Recycle Bin in the root of each drive is a Hidden, System file so I'm wondering if that is causing the problem.

I just tried basically the same command and I also end up with the Backup folder being SHD.

If I change the xcopy command to xcopy H:\*.* G:\Backup /D /E /C /R /I /K /Y it then the H and S attributes are not set.
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