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Windows 7: How to script a daily copy of files w/dt being name of archive folder

29 May 2014   #1

windows 7 professional
How to script a daily copy of files w/dt being name of archive folder


I need to figure out a Windows 7 script to copy/archive files which are located in a specific folder. It needs to copy daily to an archive folder, with the script creating the archive folder as MM-DD-YY (being that day's date that is being archived) before it archives the files to that folder. The script will run at 9:00 pm every night, the time all work ceases.

If anyone could help me with this script, I would appreciate it.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 May 2014   #2

Windows 10 Pro X64

If the archive was going to be D:\MyArchives and the source was C:\Users\youruserid\SomeFolder:

for /f "delims=" %%a in ('wmic OS Get localdatetime ^| find "."') do set "dt=%%a"
set "YYYY=%dt:~0,4%"
set "MM=%dt:~4,2%"
set "DD=%dt:~6,2%"

set datestamp=%MM%-%DD%-%YYYY%
echo datestamp: "%datestamp%"

md D:\MyArchives\%datestamp%
xcopy C:\Users\youruserid\SomeFolder\*.* D:\MyArchives\%datestamp%\ /s/h/r/i/k/e/y

Enter xcopy /? from a Command Prompt to see what the parameters mean.

Above found in a post by foxidrive here: Format date in Windows 7 batch job - Stack Overflow

My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 May 2014   #3

windows 7 professional

Thank you! So I put this is some .bat file and trigger it through Task Scheduler?

Sorry, I'm not sure exactly how to do this. I think I may know, but just not sure.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

30 May 2014   #4

Windows 10 Pro X64

Yes, put in a .bat file then schedule to run via Task Scheduler.

Test the heck out of it first though.
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