Consolidate folders and files

Posted on 2013-01-02
Last Modified: 2013-01-06
We have serveral folders, 2009, 2010 and 2011 with many subfolders inside.

Is there a good way to consolidate only the all files and subfolder under this year folder into a big folder called "consoldated"

Question by:AXISHK
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Expert Comment

ID: 38738903
you may need to be more specific, however have a look at robocopy.
it has heaps of command line switches that may be able to filter and copy/move the files based on the criteria you are after.

Author Comment

ID: 38738989
All files and folders under the year (eg. 2009, 2010, etc) will be put under a big folder ("Consolidated"). In the folders have been created, the files are then just put directly under it.

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Expert Comment

ID: 38738998
if you simply cut or copy and paste you will be prompted that folders already exist and you can choose continue - the only issue you will have is if two files have the same name in the same folder - but when this happens you can choose skip and then manually deal with these after (if you do cut/paste - these will be left behind)

Author Comment

ID: 38739002
How about if one folder exsitings with files, and I copy an empty folder. Will it still keep the files there ?

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Accepted Solution

wolfcamel earned 500 total points
ID: 38739024
yes - it wont replace a folder with files with an empty folder - the copying process is adding "copying or reflecting"

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