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Posted on 2011-03-25
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I have a folder system for customers.
Each folder has a subfolder for each year since the customer folder was created i.e. x:\customer\Firstl\LetterOflastName\lastname_firstname_suffix\year.
Of this path, there may be multiple subfolders under each year.

We create a new folder each year (i.e. 2011) and delete folders older than 7 years (i.e. 2003).

We now need to keep files that contain the word "keep" somewhere in the filename.

These files must still be held in seperate folders by year, but not necessarily in the same root folder that they are in now. Is there a way to delete all files except those with *keep* in the filename. Better yet, copy files with *keep* in the filename, only in the 2003 subfolders, to a different sub-directory, while retaining the directory structure of the file? I can do a clean up by removing empty directories as a secondary step.
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So X:\Microsoft\G\Gates_Bill_Mr\2010  ?

The easiest way of doing this would be to create 2 folders:
X:\All
X:\Keep

Move all folders into X:\All
Then, grab robocopy from Microsoft (it's free) as it has the ability to traverse sub directories
robocopy X:\All X:\Keep *keep*.* /S /DCOPY:T /COPYALL /MOVE

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Option:
*keep*.* = Only act on anything with "keep" in the title
Flags used:
/S = Copy subdirectories, but not empty ones
/DCOPY:T = Copy folder timestamps
/COPYALL = Copy all file flags
/MOVE = Move, not copy

After it has completed, you should be left with X:\Keep - which contains the correct directory structure, but only the files with "keep in the name"
X:\All will contain what is left - for you to Archive onto tape and/or delete
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by:DP-Group
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Firewolf - thanks for the answer - Sorry I haven't had a chance to test yet. I am going to carve out some time to do that this week. Will post results (and hopefully an accepted solution / points). Thanks again!
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No problem - if you decide you want to archive the whole tree, just remove the "/MOVE" option - this then COPIES instead of MOVES - so then you can archive X:\All and have a full backup before deleting it and using X:\Keep as your live copy
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