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When I use the following lines from a command prompt to copy files from subfolders into one folder it works just fine.  However, when I enter them into a BAT or CMD file, they no longer work.  What am I missing?

E:\vol2\folder1\myfolder
for /f "tokens=*" %a in ('dir /b /s /a-d') do @copy "%a" "P:\folder1\myfolder2\234567" /y
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In .bat and .cmd files, you need to double the percent symbols:

for /f "tokens=*" %%a in ('dir /b /s /a-d') do @copy "%%a" "P:\folder1\myfolder2\234567" /y
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Now the batch file is working - however, it copies the entire drive (E:\)  instead of copying the folders that I want (E:\vol2\folder1\myfolder).  Imagine my surprise when I had over 4000 files instead of 400.
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That's because in the first line you have this:

  E:\vol2\folder1\myfolder

but I think you meant to have this:

  CD/d  E:\vol2\folder1\myfolder
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Thanks!!!

what is the /d switch after CD?
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/d changes the drive as well as the current directory.  It is the same as doing this:

E:
CD  E:\vol2\folder1\myfolder
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Ahhh great!  Thanks so much.
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Glad to help where I can.  :)
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