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Windows 7: How to copy multiple .wma files in different folders to single folder?

27 Dec 2011   #1
XGamer95

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
How to copy multiple .wma files in different folders to single folder?

I need to 'extract' .wma files from within many different folders to a single, main folder. It looks like this: Main Folder>Artist>Album>Track (.wma) but there are many artists. I want to get all the tracks from within the two subfolders into a single folder. I've searched around online and haven't had any luck. Please help. Thanks in advance.


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27 Dec 2011   #2
Anak

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

That should work as any copy folder function.

Working with Windows Media Player right click on the sub-folders, and hover over Add To, then go down, and click on Untitled Playlist.

Once you have that built, go up to the upper right corner, and click on the file icon. If you hover over it it will say "List Options".

Then click on "Save List As" It should open to your Music Library >Playlist.
From there, name it, and save.
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27 Dec 2011   #3
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

If there's only a couple of folders, using "copy *.wma x:\dest" works. But I think one thing missing from XCopy and Robocopy is getting all the .wma or any file pattern, from a tree of subfolders and copying to a folder. There are commands for Move that don't exist for Copy.

The best I saw was the advice to open the destination folder in Explorer, then go to the top of the source tree in Explorer, search the pattern with Control-f, then drag and drop the results using the appropriate mouse button to do copy. That will work, until you have thousands of files. Then Explorer will want to take a real long time adding up the number of files it will copy before it does anything. There's really a gap in the Tree Copy functions.
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28 Dec 2011   #4
gigagiggles

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Try XNView, the media files explorer. It's generally used for pictures and catalogs and thumbnails and such.

As I read this thread, I used it to search a well-treed folder with assorted video extensions for the older .mpg files. Make sure the target folder has already been created before the search. Otherwise, use Windows to create the target folder after the search. Then browse what was found and drag and drop into target folder.

In your case, search for *.wma from the Main Folder and include sub-folders in the search.
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28 Dec 2011   #5
XGamer95

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gigagiggles View Post
Try XNView, the media files explorer. It's generally used for pictures and catalogs and thumbnails and such.

As I read this thread, I used it to search a well-treed folder with assorted video extensions for the older .mpg files. Make sure the target folder has already been created before the search. Otherwise, use Windows to create the target folder after the search. Then browse what was found and drag and drop into target folder.

In your case, search for *.wma from the Main Folder and include sub-folders in the search.
Thanks so much this is just what I needed. I didn't have to search though. I just browsed to the main folder and clicked View>Show Files in Subfolders and copied and pasted from there. I appreciate the responses from others as well.
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28 Dec 2011   #6
Anak

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

I will have to remember that, I have XnView 1.98 pinned to my taskbar.
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11 Jan 2012   #7
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I wrote a command line utility to recursively copy files to a single folder. I called ir rcopy.

You can read details and find the download link here:

FREE Great Programs for Windows 7
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