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script to parse and move million files to sub directories

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we have a folder, off a single root folder that has approx 1 million files, we want a script or utility that can in groups of say 500, starting from beginning to end based on any sort order, move the files to subdirectories, say the sub directories will be named 00001, 00002 and so on

does anyone have any ideas
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simeonf earned 250 total points
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Hi Ryan,

Give this a try, depending how unique the start of the filenames are.. I used it for sorting many many game roms in to folders based on the name so they could be more easily located. This script moves files to a subfolder based on the first 2 characters of the filename (you could split into more folders by basing it on 3 or more characters).

Otherwise use similar logic with a counter increment for each file in the folder, and when you hit a threshold create a new folder, move new files to there and reset the incremeneter.

Let me know if you want a hand coding this up. And of course give it a good test before running on production data!

Cheers,
Simeon


on error resume next
 
Dim objFSO
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
 
Dim strFromFolder
strSourceFolder = "C:\FileSource"
 
Dim strToFolder
strToFolder = "C:\FileDestination"
 
Dim objFolder
Set objFolder = objFSO.GetFolder(strCurrentFolder)
 
Dim objFile
 
For Each objFile In objFolder.Files
	'check if the folder exists, if not create it
	if not objFSO.FolderExists(strToFolder + "\" + left(objfile.name, 2)) then
		objFSO.CreateFolder(strToFolder + "\" + left(objfile.name, 2))
	end if
	newPath =  strToFolder & left(objfile.name, 2) & "\" & objFile.name
	objFSO.MoveFile objFile.Path, newPath
Next
 
'cleanup
set objFSO = nothing
set objFolder = nothing
set objFile = nothing

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by:ryanrupert
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thanks for the responses, in the interest of full disclosure, I do not have the skills to edit vbscript in any degree
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by:Shift-3
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This is also possible in batch.

Paste the script below into a text file with a .cmd extension.  Customize the value of the folder variable with the location of the folder containing the files.  Running the script will move the files into numbered subfolders.

Please test this carefully before using it in a production environment.


@echo off
setlocal enabledelayedexpansion
 
set folder=c:\files
 
set filecount=0
set foldercount=1
set maxfiles=500
 
for /F "tokens=*" %%G in ('dir "%folder%" /A:-D /B') do (
 set /A filecount+=1
 set target=0000!foldercount!
 set target=!target:~-5!
 if not exist "%folder%\!target!" md "%folder%\!target!"
 move "%folder%\%%G" "%folder%\!target!"
 
 if [!filecount!]==[%maxfiles%] (
  set /A foldercount+=1
  set filecount=0
 )
)

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