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Windows 7: Xcopy cannot create directory

15 Feb 2012   #1
dougham

Windows Vista and 7
 
 
Xcopy cannot create directory

My backup cmd file has been in use since XP, through Vista to Win7. It has worked on a new laptop in Win7 ever since Win7 was released. Recently it has stopped working getting an access denied, cannot create directory message. It is xcopying my own folders, not the default documents etc.
In a cmd prompt, xcopy d:\data z:\ fails with the error, but copy d:\data z:\ doesn't.
Has MS patched xcopy recently? If so, how can I get back the earlier version?


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15 Feb 2012   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi dougham,

This sounds like a permissions issue. Please try this option:

Code:
 
xcopy d:\data z:\ /T /O
/T = create directory structure
/O = Copy file ownership and ACL information

Let us know if it works for you.

Regards,
Golden
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15 Feb 2012   #3
dougham

Windows Vista and 7
 
 

Hi Golden

Using exactly as you suggest gives error "Access denied".

The strange thing I find is COPY works but XCOPY doesn't!

Cheers

Dougham
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15 Feb 2012   #4
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Has your Z drive always been connected to your Win7 machine or have you recently connected your external Z drive to another machine?
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15 Feb 2012   #5
dougham

Windows Vista and 7
 
 

The Z: drive is a network drive, not connected specifically to the Win7. My desktop and my wife's laptop all have a drive mapped to the NAS.
Again I come back to why copy works but not xcopy.
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15 Feb 2012   #6
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

And nothing has changed in your batch file between the times it worked and now that it doesn't?

I would verify you still have the proper permissions on the drive in the NAS as well.
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16 Feb 2012   #7
dougham

Windows Vista and 7
 
 

No the batch file hasn't changed.
I am doing all the tests manually now
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16 Feb 2012   #8
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Mmm. OK, I wonder if its as simple as trying this:

Code:
xcopy d:\data\*.* z:\ /T /O /I /Y /E
Note the *.* after d:\data\

Regards,
Golden
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23 Feb 2012   #9
dougham

Windows Vista and 7
 
 

I've attached the output from another attempt. I copy OK, but can't xcopy.


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23 Feb 2012   #10
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

Can you confirm that you can run xcopy from your wife's PC to the NAS?

Regards,
Golden
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