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Windows 7: Using xcopy tools to transfer desktop files/folders from a second HD

21 Sep 2019   #1
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 
Using xcopy tools to transfer desktop files/folders from a second HD

That's the best subject line I could muster.


I have had some HD failures after a power interuption. One was hosed and I reformated that.
A clone HD to HD was in progress when the power failed. The target disk which still has data can transfer files off of it. They are visible to Explorer. But Desktop on the Target is the problem. I retrieved the DOS command to view the Desktop on the second HD.

What are the DOS commands to scroll through pages of directory in DOS mode? I can never seem to recall or find the sequence of C:\DIR whatever and the command to stop the page roll and then continue to see the files and folders with the space bar or key to scroll a list.

Once that is done, xcopy or robocopy are the only tools mentioned in what I could find.

I need the steps to get through this and extract what is missing from the Desktop on that second (target) disk.

xcopy and robocopy are obscure commands to me. I tried using them years ago but nothing came of it. I don't remember any success at all.

Is there an ISO program run from a CD that can display both HD's and automate the xcopy tasks?

A lot of questions here but the old DOS format is the only solution.


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21 Sep 2019   #2
br4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

To pause the DIR command after each screen, use /P .

Here's a URL you might find helpful: MS-DOS and Windows command line dir command

I use either Syncback or Syncexp to copy files from one directory to another. I have them set up to only copy files that have changed from what is in the destination folder.

Hope this helps.
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21 Sep 2019   #3
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Robocopy is simple just use robocopy c:\folder d:\folder /mir that mirrors all the files from one drive to the other with all folders
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21 Sep 2019   #4
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by loninappleton View Post
that's the best subject line i could muster.


I have had some hd failures after a power interuption. One was hosed and i reformated that.
A clone hd to hd was in progress when the power failed. The target disk which still has data can transfer files off of it. They are visible to explorer. But desktop on the target is the problem. I retrieved the dos command to view the desktop on the second hd.

What are the dos commands to scroll through pages of directory in dos mode? I can never seem to recall or find the sequence of c:\dir whatever and the command to stop the page roll and then continue to see the files and folders with the space bar or key to scroll a list.

Once that is done, xcopy or robocopy are the only tools mentioned in what i could find.

I need the steps to get through this and extract what is missing from the desktop on that second (target) disk.

Xcopy and robocopy are obscure commands to me. I tried using them years ago but nothing came of it. I don't remember any success at all.

Is there an iso program run from a cd that can display both hd's and automate the xcopy tasks?

A lot of questions here but the old dos format is the only solution.
XCopyTool.zip


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21 Sep 2019   #5
Paul Black

Win 7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi SIW2,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Great little tool!
I like the way you can hover over the switches to see what each one does.
Here's the link if anybody wants more info => Simplify file management with the XCopy Tool.
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21 Sep 2019   #6
TechnoMage2016

Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x86
 
 

"if you don't use it, you loose it"


If I forget the switches for any DOS command, here's what I do:


Run----CMD----Enter


At the command prompt type the name of the command like this:
XCOPY /? > C:\xcopy.txt


That command line will print out all the possible switches to the xcopy.txt file in the root directory of C:.
It's over a page, so you might want to print it out.



You could do the same thing with the Dir command.


Once I've done all that, I print out the .txt file, and drop the printout in a file, for future reference.


DOS is still very useful, if one can remember how to use it.


Cheers Mates!
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21 Sep 2019   #7
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

This will get me started. What is frustrating is the constant errors of one comma out of place, misspellings etc especially in paths to the desktop. I can't remember the path now.

C:\
cd D:
D:\users\lon\desktop or something
goes to the desktop.

Then D:\DIR /p (?)

And doing it backward from D: to C:

I will look at xcopy tool and the other replies. Will not have quick replies myself. Baby steps more like it.

The disk is almost good to use, just won't boot. I wondered if a simple transfer of Win32 folder from C: to D: would get me out of the jam.
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21 Sep 2019   #8
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

I always have a lot of questions. Maybe I'm jumping the gun. I looked at xcopytools and it shows what I would see in Explorer, not showing any way to make the path to the D:\ desktop folder info I'm seeking. Is xcopy tool a sheel of DOS or

does it just run in Win7 with it's nice interface?


I'll practice with the DOS pause control to see if I can at least find what I want back.
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21 Sep 2019   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
not showing any way to make the path to the D:\ desktop folder info I'm seeking
Click Select Source (top left) and browse to the source folder you want to copy.

Click Select Destination (top right) and browse to the destination to copy it to.
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21 Sep 2019   #10
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

I can make a screen shot of what I see if needed but I don't see how to make the path in the right way that DOS does
for the xcopy program which is (remembering) C:\users\myname\desktop but on the d: drive.
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