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robocopy and if else in batch file

What I am trying to do is check if a folder Test exists on a desktop and if it does not, then I want to copy that folder from the server. And if it already exists, then I want to just copy the files from folder Test on the server into the existing folder on the desktop. And if existing folder contains any files I don't want the purged.  Below is the if else statement I use and it works great if folder does not exist but does nothing if folder already exists on the desktop. What am I doing wrong?

P.S. I want to use robocopy for copying the folder ot the files

if not exist "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\Test" 
robocopy "\\Server03\data\Test" "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\Test" /E
robocopy "\\Server03\data\Test" "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\Test" /COPY:DAT

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8/22/2022 - Mon

why not rather use robocopy to copy the whole folder each time, there is a switch that you can use to only copy files that have changed

sorry files _or folders_ that have changed

the reason why I can't do that is because if Test folder already exists, it might contain files that are not in "\\Server03\data\Test"
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so which switch should I use? /E?

think thats it, I can check my scripts when I get in tomorrow and confirm, you can also copy permissions on files etc if you like.