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Windows 7: automatically delete/move files to folders

26 Sep 2009   #1

xp, w7
automatically delete/move files to folders

hi all!
is there something like a handy method to automatically move files depending on their extension to custom folders? (either by the time they are generated or at a specific date).
ps: b.) i would be also interested in finding a method to have windows7 delete files in custom folders at a certain date

looking forward to your answers,

My System SpecsSystem Spec

26 Sep 2009   #2


You can do that with DOS commands (batch file). Getting into the dates requires an advanced understanding of DOS.

Provide some details. We have some talented people here who know even better ways.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Sep 2009   #3

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If you know some DOS, you could do marvels with for example a XCOPY-based batch file. It is not a fully automated method, you still have to launch the batch.



My System SpecsSystem Spec

26 Sep 2009   #4


You can launch a cmd file in startup or scheduler that checks the date and calls the cmd file.

Just today, I was reviewing a complex Day Of Week routine that I do with pst files.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Sep 2009   #5

xp, w7

that sounds like a very good idea - i am old enough to remember some basic dos stuff - yet i could use some startup aid
so, provided i want to have win7 move all *.jpg, *.c4d, *.flam3 files from their original mutual folder "DUMP" to three individual folders JPG, C4D, FLAM3. how would i do that? by "moving" i mean that the files be deleted in the original folder.

thanx for helping

My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7 build 7600 64 bit

if i understood this right, the following could help:

xcopy C:\DUMP\*.jpg C:\jpg\
xcopy C:\DUMP\*.c4d C:\c4d\
xcopy C:\DUMP\*.flam3 C:\flam3\
/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.

also if you want to specify the date at the beginning of the batch without having to edit it each time you can use "set" like:
set /p d=Enter the Day: 
set /p m=Enter the Month: 
set /p y=Enter the Year:
it will create the variables d, m, and y, wich you can then put in the xcopy command like like:

xcopy C:\DUMP\*.jpg C:\jpg\ /d:%m%-%d%-%y%
the following bat did it correctly, but thisone is without the dates:
@echo off
xcopy C:\DUMP\*.jpg C:\DUMP\jpg\ /i
xcopy C:\DUMP\*.c4d C:\DUMP\c4d\ /i
xcopy C:\DUMP\*.flam3 C:\DUMP\flam3\ /i
also look at all the options xcopy has to offer

- hakon

and about the deleting part...dont see a option for that in xcopy, however you can use RoboCopy to do that.

robocopy /?

/MOV :: MOVe files (delete from source after copying).
/MOVE :: MOVE files AND dirs (delete from source after copying).
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