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Move files and folders to SharePoint 2010

We have several files and folders currently in shared folders that we would like to move to our sharepoint site. What is the best method of doing this.
We have about 1TB of data to migrate to SharePoint 2010 Enterprise
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Ted BouskillSenior Software DeveloperCommented:
Well most people don't realize that SharePoint supports WebDAV so, you can convert HTTP URL's to folders like so;

http://mysite.mydomain.com/documents/
becomes
\\mysite.mydomain.com\documents\

However there are some issues you need to be aware of.
By default the maximum file upload size is 50 MB
Thousands of files per folder can kill performance
Deeply nested folders should be avoided
Avoid Content databases larger than 200 GB

Here is more about the size limits for content databases
http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/blog/Pages/BlogPost.aspx?pID=988

You can build larger content databases but for decent performance you should ensure high quality hardware.

You can spread the load of content databases across multiple site collections.  Each web application in SharePoint can have many site collections which can be spread over multiple content databases.  So if you split up your files across multiple site collections you will be OK.

NOTE: If your current folder structure is legacy files that don't change much and are already backed up there can be a disadvantage to accessing them in SharePoint due to overhead of moving them in/out of a web front end and a database.
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vmdudeAuthor Commented:
Thank you for responding. We do have a large amount of files but I think its more that there is a large amount of small files rather that any large ones.

With regards to actual migration of data, is there any tool that allows this and keeps the same folder structure?
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Ted BouskillSenior Software DeveloperCommented:
You can drag and drop using Windows Explorer using the UNC path I mentioned just like a regular path or you can use the DOS command line and use xcopy
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Justin SmithSr. System EngineerCommented:
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