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Hi ,

I am looking for a VB Scrip that would move all files from the source to the target, including all subfolders, down as many levels as exist.

Also if the sub folders do not already exist in the target directory it should create them.

e.g.

source=c:\testing
target=c:\target

in source is
c:\testing\folder1\some files
c:\testing\folder1\anotherfolder\morefolders\ some other files
c:\testing\folder3

Then all the folder structure would be mirrored onto c:\target (creating any directories which do not already exist)
And then all files moved from the source

Any help greatly appreciated

Cheers
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Question by:arundelr
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by:SLafferty1983
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I don't know vbscripting very well, but you can use Robocopy. It will do the same thing you want. You can find out more about it here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc160891(TechNet.10).aspx
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by:RobSampson
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Yes, or you could just delete the target folder, then move the source folder.....

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/465s5y8s(VS.85).aspx

Regards,

Rob.
strSource = "C:\Temp\Scripts\Source"
strDestination = "C:\Temp\Scripts\Destination"
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
objFSO.DeleteFolder strDestination, True
objFSO.MoveFolder strSource, strDestination

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by:arundelr
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Hi Rob,

Thanks very much for the suggestion.

Unfortunately I cannot delete the target folder first because it may already contain some folders and files I do not want to loose.

Do you haveany other suggestions?

cheers

Rob
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by:RobSampson
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Sure....we'll use XCopy to do the copying, then there's a line in the script that is this:
'objFSO.DeleteFolder strSource, True

which will then delete the Source folder, if you uncomment that line.

Regards,

Rob.
strSource = "C:\Temp\Temp\Test Script\Test"
strDestination = "C:\Temp\Temp\Test Script\Test2"
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
strSource = objFSO.GetFolder(strSource).ShortPath
If objFSO.FolderExists(strDestination) = False Then CreateLocalDirectoryStructure(strDestination)
strDestination = objFSO.GetFolder(strDestination).ShortPath
strCommand = "cmd /c xcopy " & strSource & " " & strDestination & " /E /C /I /Q /H /R /K /Y /Z"
objShell.Run strCommand, 0, True
'objFSO.DeleteFolder strSource, True
MsgBox "Done"
 
Sub CreateLocalDirectoryStructure(strPath)
	If Right(strPath, 1) = "\" Then strPath = Left(strPath, Len(strPath) - 1)
	arrBits = Split(strPath, "\")
	strSubPath = arrBits(0)
	If UBound(arrBits) > 0 Then
		For intBit = 1 To UBound(arrBits)
			strSubPath = strSubPath & "\" & arrBits(intBit)
			If objFSO.FolderExists(strSubPath) = False Then objFSO.CreateFolder(strSubPath)
		Next
	End If
End Sub

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by:arundelr
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HI Rob,

Thats almost perfect but what I really want to do is after the successful copy delete the source "files" but leave the folder structure intact.
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by:RobSampson
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OK, so we'll run
del /s /q C:\Folder\*.*
after the xcopy then....

Try this on a copy of the source folder just in case things go pear shaped.  It WILL delete files, so make sure you specify the right path.

Regards,

Rob.
strSource = "C:\Temp\Temp\Test Script\Test"
strDestination = "C:\Temp\Temp\Test Script\Test2"
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
strSource = objFSO.GetFolder(strSource).ShortPath
If objFSO.FolderExists(strDestination) = False Then CreateLocalDirectoryStructure(strDestination)
strDestination = objFSO.GetFolder(strDestination).ShortPath
strCommand = "cmd /c xcopy " & strSource & " " & strDestination & " /E /C /I /Q /H /R /K /Y /Z"
objShell.Run strCommand, 0, True
strCommand = "cmd /c del /s /q " & strSource & "\*.*"
objShell.Run strCommand, 0, True
MsgBox "Done"
 
Sub CreateLocalDirectoryStructure(strPath)
	If Right(strPath, 1) = "\" Then strPath = Left(strPath, Len(strPath) - 1)
	arrBits = Split(strPath, "\")
	strSubPath = arrBits(0)
	If UBound(arrBits) > 0 Then
		For intBit = 1 To UBound(arrBits)
			strSubPath = strSubPath & "\" & arrBits(intBit)
			If objFSO.FolderExists(strSubPath) = False Then objFSO.CreateFolder(strSubPath)
		Next
	End If
End Sub

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RobSampson earned 500 total points
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Actually, we'll need to enclose the source folder in quotes....use this instead.

Rob.
strSource = "C:\Temp\Temp\Test Script\Test"
strDestination = "C:\Temp\Temp\Test Script\Test2"
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
strSource = objFSO.GetFolder(strSource).ShortPath
If objFSO.FolderExists(strDestination) = False Then CreateLocalDirectoryStructure(strDestination)
strDestination = objFSO.GetFolder(strDestination).ShortPath
strCommand = "cmd /c xcopy """ & strSource & """ """ & strDestination & """ /E /C /I /Q /H /R /K /Y /Z"
objShell.Run strCommand, 0, True
strCommand = "cmd /c del /s /q """ & strSource & "\*.*"""
objShell.Run strCommand, 0, True
MsgBox "Done"
 
Sub CreateLocalDirectoryStructure(strPath)
	If Right(strPath, 1) = "\" Then strPath = Left(strPath, Len(strPath) - 1)
	arrBits = Split(strPath, "\")
	strSubPath = arrBits(0)
	If UBound(arrBits) > 0 Then
		For intBit = 1 To UBound(arrBits)
			strSubPath = strSubPath & "\" & arrBits(intBit)
			If objFSO.FolderExists(strSubPath) = False Then objFSO.CreateFolder(strSubPath)
		Next
	End If
End Sub

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by:arundelr
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Brilliant - Thanks Rob
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by:arundelr
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Hi Rob,

Thats great - thanks for all your help!

Rob
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by:RobSampson
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No problem. Thanks for the grade.

Regards,

Rob.
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