Help with the copy-item commandlet in Powershell

Greetings Powershell Experts –

I have a folder with 10 files (I’m using .pst files in this instance) in it.  I want to use powershell to select the newest file and copy it to a different folder.  Here is what I thought the code would look like:

Get-childitem c:\source\*.pst | sort-object lastwritetime –descending | select-object –first 1 | copy-item c:\target

When I run this, I get the following error

The input object cannot be bound to any parameters for the command either because the command does not take pipeline input or the input and its properties do not match any of the parameters that take pipeline input.
At :line:3 char:34
+ Select-Object -First 1 | Copy-Item <<<<  c:\target

I read this as basically saying I can’t pipe input into the copy-item commandlet.  My next thought was to use a variable, so I tried this code:

$item = Get-childitem c:\source\*.pst | sort-object lastwritetime –descending | select-object –first 1

Copy-item $item c:\target

When I do this, the file is copied, but the powershell script looks like its caught in a loop and I have to manually stop it (I’m using PowerGui to write the script).

What am I doing wrong?  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Try what you have but add this

Copy-item $item.fullname c:\target
Missed pasting some text.

First make sure you have an object, so type this

$item = Get-childitem c:\source\*.pst | sort-object lastwritetime –descending | select-object –first 1


then try what i posted before. What you had should work but might be an issue with powergui

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
Dale HarrisProfessional Services EngineerCommented:
I agree with Ken.  I always mess with my code in PowerGui, but actually run it in the Powershell console.
ndalmolin_13Author Commented:
Thanks for the quick response.
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.