Can windows folder security permissions (ACLs) be exported/imported?

Posted on 2007-08-07
Last Modified: 2013-12-04
Hi experts,

I was wondering if it is possible to retain the security permissions for a folder/directory (and it's underlying files) when you copy and paste it to another directory?
Question by:steelheart38
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    I usually use Windows Backup to transfer files and retain NTFS permissions, but you can use robocopy ( and there are commercial solutions available like SecureCopy (


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    Also, xcopy should retain all ownership and acl information if you use the /o switch.
    Type "xcopy /?" at a command prompt for details.
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    I also suggest using xcopy like r-k said. By default when copying files through the windows file explorer the permissions are inherited from the target folder, but when moving files the permissions are retained.
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    Thanks and good luck.

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