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robocopy append date to copied filename

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Using RoboCopy, is there a way to append something to the copied filenames?
I want to set up a backup system where it will back up a specific file, and append the day of the month to it so that I'll always have a month's worth of backups. I can get the day of the month, but how can I append it with RoboCopy?
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by:MikeOM_DBA
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Create destination directories for each day of the month:

Robocopy C:\Folder1 X:\Folder%THISDAY%

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That would be very unwieldy. As it's only one file, I'd rather have them all in one folder. Do you know if that's possible?
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Maybe I'm better off using XCopy?
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If it's only one file, Xcopy may be better.
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With Xcopy, can I specify the copied file's filename?
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Yes:

Windows 2000 and XP xcopy syntax

XCOPY source [destination] [/A | /M] [/D[:date]] [/P] [/S [/E]] [/V] [/W] [/C] [/I] [/Q] [/F] [/L] [/H] [/R] [/T] [/U]
[/K] [/N] [/O] [/X] [/Y] [/-Y] [/Z] [/EXCLUDE:file1[+file2][+file3]...]
source	Specifies the file(s) to copy.
destination	Specifies the location or name of new files.

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Hi!
When I run the batch file, it tells me:

Does C:\Users\me\Desktop\file2.txt specify a file name
or directory name on the target
(F = file, D = directory)?

Can I tell it from within the batch file that it will be a file? I want this to be able to run without user interaction required.
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You may need to pre-create the directories.
Or do this:
 
XCOPY C:\Folder1\MyFile_%THISDAY%  X:\Folder2\
rem ---- Add a backslash here ---------------^

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by:etech0
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The directory is already there!

Here is my test code:

XCOPY C:\Users\me\Desktop\file.txt C:\Users\me\Desktop\file2.txt

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Then just use "copy" (not xcopy).
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Nice!
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