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How to use Robocopy to create files Versions

Hello ,
i am using robocopy for several backups issues ,
it works very well and i use most of the flags and settings .

but ... i can figure out how to create file version , for example :
i copy the file test.txt from c:\ to f:\
if the file already exist in F:\ but has been changed i dont want the program to overwrite it but create a copy by a diffrent name - for example testv1.txt

Help Me please,
StorageWindows Server 2003

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Tissa Tomas

8/22/2022 - Mon

That functionality does not exist in Robocopy.  You could use a batch script to accomplish something similar.

Paste the script below into a text file with a .cmd extension.  Customize the values of the "source" and "dest" variables as indicated.  Running the script will first Robocopy any files which don't already exist in the destination, then use xcopy to create version-incremented copies of any files which do exist in the destination.

@echo off
REM Source and destination paths.  Do not include a trailing backslash.
set source=c:
set dest=f:
robocopy "%source%" "%dest%" /ZB /XC /XN /XO /R:3 /W:3
for /F "tokens=*" %%G in ('robocopy "%source%" "%dest%" /XX /L /NDL /NS /NC /NJH /NJS') do (
 call :_process "%%G"
goto :eof
set counter=1
set file=%~n1
set ext=%~x1
if exist "%dest%\%file%v%counter%%ext%" (
 set /A counter+=1
 goto :_loop
echo F|xcopy %1 "%dest%\%file%v%counter%%ext%" /C /H /R /Z
goto :eof

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Wow - thank a lot !!!
Looks great ,
just a small question :
where do i set the maximum amount of file version in this script ?

Once again - thanks.

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Hey man ,
First - thank a lot for your help - it was great ,
i just need a little last tweak ,
when i reach the maximum set size the backup stops working , how can i make it RECYCLE and start & overwrite v1 and v2...v3...

Thanks  A lot.
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I have another idea ,

If the max is set to 10 , and we got to the last version :
i want the script to create v11 and delete v1  , then create v12 and delete v2

so we always will have 10 version but it will cycle and not stop when get the maximum versions.

Eli Migdal.
Tissa Tomas

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