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How to copy files and folders from an EXT3 mount to an NTFS mount and skip illegal names

Hi there
I've just migrated from a Linux server to a Windows 2003 server. I have used some software from Paragon (Mount Everything) to mount our old EXT3 disk on the new server. I am now trying to copy 100gig of data from the EXT3 drive onto a new drive on the server.
The problem is that there are a large number of files and folders that begin with a . (a period). This is used to mark them as hidden under Linux (they are there because of Netatalk). When I try to copy a whole load of folders it says

"Cannot copy xxx The file name, directory name or volume label syntax is incorrect"

I can do a search for all all these files/folders by searching for .*  -  trouble is I can't delete them.

So does anyone know of a way round this. Is there a way to make Windows just skip over illegal files during a copy instead of choking on them.

Many thanks in advance,
2 Solutions
You can use RoboCopy.exe from the win2k3 resource kit with the following switch:

/XF ExFile
Excludes files matching given names, paths, or wildcard characters.

Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools
I use xcopy with the /c switch which continues on error.
Use xcopy <source> <destination> /s /e /c /h /y

This will copy the source to the destination, copy all subfolders (/s) even if they are empty (/e), continue on error (/c), copy hidden files (/h) and will not prompt you to overwrite.

I use this all the time. A lot quicker than the GUI copying.
BoffgroupAuthor Commented:
I've split the points as corneliup was correct but I actually used harleyjd's solution and it came in only 2 minutes later.
So thanks guys - both right on money and saved me a load of hassle.
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