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Windows 7: Help! Need a robust copying tool which copies all files

05 Dec 2017   #1
Odelot

Windows7
 
 
Help! Need a robust copying tool which copies all files

I'm still looking for a robust copying tool which will copy all files from a set of directories to an external drive. I've tried numerous things such as XCopy, Robocopy, FastCopy as well as a few others - and none of these can be counted on to copy all the files. I then have to run Total Commander or right click (and select properties) on directories in both the source and destination to find the culprit files. In the most recent instance of using XCopy, I was able to find a culprit file using the right click method and was then able to simply drag and drop it in the destination directory. It seems as if it didn't copy because of a long file name. But why would it copy easily in drag and drop and not in XCopy?

Does anyone know of a robust copying tool which will just merely duplicate the directories onto the external drive? I repeatedly run into this issue and find it difficult to imagine that such a tool doesn't exist.


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05 Dec 2017   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

All should do that robocopy can produce a report if some are failing they are either locked you don't have permission or a disk fault
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05 Dec 2017   #3
WinDozeUser

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Build 7601 32bit
 
 

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05 Dec 2017   #4
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Odelot View Post
Does anyone know of a robust copying tool which will just merely duplicate the directories onto the external drive? I repeatedly run into this issue and find it difficult to imagine that such a tool doesn't exist.
Robocopy does that without fail - you need to look into the parameters/switches properly.
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05 Dec 2017   #5
Odelot

Windows7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Robocopy does that without fail - you need to look into the parameters/switches properly.
It's my understanding that FastCopy and Robocopy work off the same code. I've used FastCopy several times and it doesn't always copy all files.

When I've found the culprit files, some of the issues have been:
1) Directories didn't retain the properties (e.g. new directory will have the files in it, but right click and properties shows it to be empty)
2) Doesn't copy files with long file path name
3) Permission issues
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05 Dec 2017   #6
Odelot

Windows7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WinDozeUser View Post
XCopy failed to copy files with a long file name. Is there a code in XCopy which I may have failed to include which will force it to copy all files - even those with too long a file name?
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11 Dec 2017   #7
giobaxx

Windows 7 PRO 64 Bit
 
 

I have the need and i was looking for the best combination of switches to backup a folder over the network but i had some doubt. I started from here:
robocopy D:\data \\Server_Share /mir /XA:SH /R:3 /W:5 /np /log:backup_log.txt

but the user is a bit worried to use the /mir switch who delete a folder in the destination if is removed from the source. So I thought to use the /e switch:

robocopy D:\data \\Server_Share /e /XA:SH /R:3 /W:5 /np /log:backup_log.txt

In this case I copy all everytime a run the command overwriting folder and/or files with same name. Correct? If yes this could make the copy slower. So with the /e swicth there is a way to tell "copy the file only if the file is newer"

What make some doubt is what i found on this link:

ROBOCOPY - Create Backup Script - Windows 7 Help Forums

where are used the switch /e and /mir together:

robocopy F:\Data3 Q:\Backups\Data3 /e /mir /np /log+:backup_log.txt

if /mir is /e plus /purge has sense use them together?? what they do together?

Do you have any adivice? considering also that i have to backup over the network?
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12 Dec 2017   #8
Odelot

Windows7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Robocopy does that without fail - you need to look into the parameters/switches properly.
Do you have the proper syntax to use for Robocopy?
This is what I used to learn the syntax for XCopy. Xcopy Command (Examples, Options, Switches, and More)
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21 Dec 2017   #9
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Type this at the command prompt:

Code:
robocopy /?
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25 Dec 2017   #10
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

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