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Hi all,

I'm coming up with a script to run on our file server that will find and move (as in copy to new location then delete the original) all files within a shared directory that were last accessed before 01/01/2009 (so anything 12/31/2008 or earlier would be moved.) We will then archive all the moved files offsite.

So far, my script will just be a simple batch file using the FORFILES command, as seen below. Please keep in mind I'm trying to teach myself batch scripting, so if I'm headed in the right direction, please don't give me everything I need in one fell swoop! (I still need to work on my /C argument, obviously.)

So to sum up my current question, the /D command will search by date last modified, but is there a way to search by date last accessed?

FORFILES /S /P C:\PATH_TO_BACKUP /D -12/31/2008 /C "cmd /c echo @file"

Thanks!
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Question by:biofishfreak
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rorybreen earned 500 total points
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Hello,

I'm not sure if this is exactly what your after as it's a GUI...

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bulk_file_changer.html
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by:Murugesan Nagarajan
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An example BATCH code:
echo off & setLocal EnableDELAYedExpansion
PUSHD Y:\DIR1\DIR2\
SET source=Y:\DIR1\SUBDIR1\
SET dest="F:\DIR1\SUBDIR1\"
for /f "tokens=* delims= " %%a in ('dir/s/b/ad') do (
pushd "%%a"
if not exist "!dest!%%a" md "!dest!%%a"
:: or: md "!dest!%%a" 2>nul
for /f "tokens=* delims= " %%b in ('dir/b/a-d') do (
set year=%%~Tb
:: ASSuming filedate looks like 01/02/2009
set year=!year:~6,4!
IF "!year!" NEQ "2010" >>F:\MOVE.bat ECHO MOVE /Y "!source!!FILE!" "!dest!%%a"
)
)
:: safetied off until verified
echo examine the batchfile...
more F:\move.bat

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which is available at the following location:
http://www.computing.net/answers/programming/move-files-based-on-date-modified/20853.html

The mentioned url describes about XXCOPY  and other informations.
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by:biofishfreak
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Thanks for the prompt responses, but murugesandins, that script is still looking at the date modified meta data, and I need to look at the date last accessed.

Rorybreen, that software actually looks pretty promising... but I'd still prefer a script of some sort, but that might work.

I'm going to keep digging for the time being, and hope to come up with something. Also, I'm over the "learning" part of the script, and if someone finds a full script to accomplish what I want, I'll take it! :-)
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by:rorybreen
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Maybe find a utility to make the modified date the same as the last accessed date, that may be an approach for you.
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by:biofishfreak
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While not a script, the nirsoft bulk file changer does everything I need. Thanks for the prompt response!
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