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Windows 7: Split large size folder into smaller ones retaining subfolder names

02 Apr 2012   #1

Win 7 Ultimate x86
Split large size folder into smaller ones retaining subfolder names

I need to split a folder containing several levels of subfolders into dvdr sizes for backup. I would like to retain not only the folder name but subfolders names.

Ex. C:\Pictures\Summer is 7gb and i would like to split it into C:\folder1\pictures\summer and C:\folder2\my pictures\summer

Any one know of a util? RAR/ZIP is an option but I would really like viewable access to the files on any disc.

The folder I need to split is quite large 70GB.

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02 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 10 Pro X64

Your talking about 16+ DVDs for that one file. The odds of one of them being bad is quite high.

Why not backup to an external hard drive instead?

Also, most burner software will do this for you automatically. I know Roxio will for sure. It will put as much as it can on each DVD then prompt you for a new one when that is done.
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02 Apr 2012   #3
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Just make a new 'My Pictures' folder and move subfolders into there. They will keep their names. Just the path will change.

And I would also say that DVDs are not well suited to backup large amounts of data. An external disk or a big stick (e.g. 32GB) is better.
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