sharepoint 2007, windows explorer, folder structure

I have a very complicated folder structure that I need to update yearly. 2011 folder had 12 folders within for each month. Within each month can be up to 6 more folders w/files.In order to create 2012,  I opened windows explorer under Actions within the sharepoint library in the 2011 doc lib and copied the whole structure over to the 2012 folder I'd just created. Then I deleted all the files in 2012 so that I had a new folder structure w/no files.

Whoever, when I looked in the 2011 folder year, all the FILES within had changed from 'modified by' someone else to my name. What happened? I'm not a contributor. I realize that the 2012 parent folder and all folders within would have my name as modifier but why did the old folders 'modified by' change?  What did I do wrong?
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Rainer JeschorCommented:
Hi,
yes, because you already used explorer view hence this integration is not blocked. Mapping this web folder as local drive dies not make a difference here.
I even used it today for copying (using xcopy) a complete template folder structure.
HTH
Rainer
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Rainer JeschorCommented:
Hi,
I could not reproduce this behavior.
Do you have versioning enabled on that library? The only possibility I can think of is that you pasted the copy to the original path hence overwriting everything with its own.

HTH
Rainer
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ejosep04Author Commented:
HTH,
When I opened Windows Explorer, I selected all the folders and copied them to a new folder. But I did that last year and did not have this problem. How can I replicate the folder structure to a new folder w/o this happening again?
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Rainer JeschorCommented:
Hi,
I would:
1. Map the root folder as Network drive
2. Use good old DOS commands to create the folder structure
e.g
MD 2013
CD 2013
MD January
MD February
...

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You may do this inside of a script / batch file. You might also utilize any other "programming"/scripting language (e.g. VBScript, .NET code, Powershell).

This way you would avoid to also copy the content of the folders, having to delete it afterwards.

HTH
Rainer
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ejosep04Author Commented:
Thx. I'm just a super power user and don't have access to the server. What you suggest can be done at my level, correct?
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ejosep04Author Commented:
Your answer and explanation really helped me to understand my problem.
Thx,
Lisa
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