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Windows 7: Batch File to Move a list of files.

03 Feb 2012   #1

Windows Server 2008 R2
Batch File to Move a list of files.

Hey All, I just joined this forum to find some help on a specific topic that I've been researching for like two hours now on google. I have a list of 1300 files that I need to move from one location to another (move not copy). I've found this batch file created by Neutron16 which performs a Move but it's all gibberish to me. How would I modify it to move the files to location "C:\Archive" There's about 4,000 other files in the same folder.

Thanks in advance

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03 Feb 2012   #2

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer

Welcome to SF. That's a copy script. Changed it to a move script. You will need to specify the directory of origin. Also, change extension to "bat"

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03 Feb 2012   #3

Windows Server 2008 R2

Okay, I've researched the move script, this link gave a pretty good tutorial How To Move Files With A Batch File | however I need it to pull from a .txt list of all the filenames, I can change how the entries are separated if need be pipe or comma or a list like this:


I'm able to output all of those through excel.

Thanks for your help. And the kind welcome
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03 Feb 2012   #4

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)

Here's a batch file that should do what you need:
@echo off
if %1.==. goto usage
if %2.==. goto usage
if %3.==. goto usage
FOR /F %%i in (%2) do move /Y %1\%%i %3\%%i
goto xit
echo Usage - muv source_folder file_list.txt target_folder
echo Example - muv c:\tmp data.txt d:\stuff
Save this into a file called muv.bat

The /Y after the move command says you don't want to be prompted if the move will overwrite an existing file, change to /-Y if you want to be prompted before overwriting.
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27 Aug 2015   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I can't seem to get this batch to work could you. Any additional information I might be missing?
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27 Aug 2015   #6

Windows 10 Pro X64

Remove the echo off at the top then run it and post the error output here.
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