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How to copy all contents of a cd(except for two folders) to harddrive superfast?

Posted on 2006-11-27
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Hi folks!

What is the fastest function or procedure to copy an entire cd (excluding two folders) to my harddrive?

Currently my code copies the entire cd contents and afterwards it deletes the folders that I didn't want. But since those folders measure up to 130 MB I think I better search for some other workaround ;-)

One assumption > using the windows api for this copying thing and having it display all filenames slows down the copying I reckon? using xxcopy would be faster?

Kind regards,

Peter

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here is some code that works. you'll need to edit the hardocded stuff from teh test app ;)

unit Unit1;

interface

uses
  Windows, Messages, SysUtils, Variants, Classes, Graphics, Controls, Forms,
  Dialogs, StdCtrls;

type
  TForm1 = class(TForm)
    Button1: TButton;
    procedure Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
  private
    { Private declarations }
  public
    { Public declarations }
  end;

var
  Form1: TForm1;

implementation

{$R *.dfm}

function hasExclude(list:tstrings; name:string):boolean;
var i:integer;
begin
  result:=false;
  if list=nil then
    exit;
  i:=0;
  name:=lowercase(name);
  while (i<list.Count) and (name<>lowercase(list[i])) do
    inc(i);
  result:=i<list.count;
end;

procedure copyFiles(src, dst:string; exclude:TStrings);
var r:tsearchrec;
begin
  if fileexists(dst) then
  begin
    DeleteFile(dst);// this will overwrite the file
    dst:=ExtractFilePath(dst);
  end;
  dst:=IncludeTrailingPathDelimiter(dst);
  if FileExists(src) then
  begin
    CopyFile(pansichar(src), pansichar(dst), false);
    exit;
  end;
  if not DirectoryExists(src) then
    raise exception.create('directory '+src+ ' not found.');
  src:=IncludeTrailingPathDelimiter(src);
  ForceDirectories(dst);
  if findfirst(src+'*.*', faanyfile-favolumeid, r)=0 then
  repeat
    if not hasExclude(exclude, src+r.name) then
    begin
      if (r.Attr and fadirectory=fadirectory) then
      begin
        if (r.Name<>'.') and (r.Name<>'..') then
          copyFiles(src+r.name, dst+r.name, exclude);
      end                                     else
        CopyFile(pansichar(src+r.name), pansichar(dst+r.name), false);
    end;
  until findnext(r)<>0;
  findclose(r);
end;

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
var l:tstringlist;
begin
  l:=tstringlist.create;
  l.Add('c:\test1\testing');
  copyfiles('c:\test1', 'c:\test2', l);
  l.free;
end;

end.
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by:PeterdeB
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Works like a charm exactly what I needed thanks a bunch!!

Kind regards,

Peter ;-)

Ps since the copying is an intensive and lengthy operation, should I use application.processmessages?
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if you files are big, then I suggest moving the whole function into a thread. if you also want progress, then you wil have to give up the copyfile function and write one your own and then communicate from the thread to the main app the progress. or just use applicaiton.processmessages but make sure the user will not click twice on the copy button ;)
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