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Windows XP will not paste from search

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Similar problem to before.

I have excluded all zip files from my search. I have 4000 files to copy from a variety of places to one location.
I use the search facility with windows xp. It allows me to copy a small number at a time but whenever I select all and copy, it does not paste. It does nothing, no error response or anything

(new instal of OS)

any ideas ?
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by:xmlmagician
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Hi

Why dont you use some sort of copying file software like unstoppable coppier or something similar?

also you could try to copy paste from the dos prompt

also if the system is FAT32 there is a 4GB per file size restriction
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by:MichaelGlancy
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does unstoppable copier allow me to search for all file types on the drive ? I have 4000 in assorted locations which I want to copy all to one folder.

I was using the windows search for this.
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by:xmlmagician
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i am pretty sure it does...you can always look for better products
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by:WBGames
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try from command prompt . cmd - copy
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by:MichaelGlancy
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I am finding the files through Search. They are scattered through many folders. When I "select all" through search window, and copy, thats when it doesnt let me paste. I can copy and paste one or two at a time fine.
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by:sjklein42
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I have often encountered this limit in copy-and-paste from Windows Explorer.

I have never been able to find any registry entry to increase the limit.

I agree with the others that a command-line procedure would work better.

If you tell us your search criteria we can help you make a command file that will do the same thing.
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by:MichaelGlancy
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well I just have to find all *.mq4 files on the drive and copy them to a folder on the drive
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These two lines executed in a DOS command window should do the trick.  Change the drive letter c: and/or the targetdir as needed:

dir /b/s c:\*.mq4 >%TEMP%\mp4dir.dat
for /f "delims=" %i in (%TEMP%\mp4dir.dat) do copy "%i" "c:\targetdir\"

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You can test it with these commands that simply "echo" the copy commands rather than execute them:

dir /b/s c:\*.mq4 >%TEMP%\mp4dir.dat
for /f "delims=" %i in (%TEMP%\mp4dir.dat) do @echo copy "%i" "c:\targetdir\"

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If you do it in with batch file (called copyAllFiles.bat), don't forget to double the percent signs for the %i token in the for command:

REM usage:   call copyAllFiles.bat *.mq4 "c:\targetdir\"

dir /b/s c:\%1 >%TEMP%\mp4dir.dat
for /f "delims=" %%i in (%TEMP%\mp4dir.dat) do @echo copy "%%i" "%2"

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by:MichaelGlancy
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how could that code be modified to automatically overwrite (or ignore) duplicate files ?

it works great
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To overwrite existing files, change "copy" to "copy /Y":

REM usage:   call copyAllFiles.bat *.mq4 "c:\targetdir\"

dir /b/s c:\%1 >%TEMP%\mp4dir.dat
for /f "delims=" %%i in (%TEMP%\mp4dir.dat) do @echo copy /Y "%%i" "%2"

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works great
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