DOS: Moving file to a location with similar folder structure

Posted on 2013-01-29
Last Modified: 2013-02-06
I have the following folder struture

C:\Folder 1
  - Subfolder A
  - Subfolder B
  - Subfolder C

Each subfolder has several files within it.  I would like a dos command to move all files across all subfolders to their appropriate subfolder within the following destination location:

C:\Folder 2
  - Subfolder A
  - Subfolder B
  - Subfolder C

For example, a file with the following path "C:\Folder 1\Subfolder B\File.txt" will get moved to "C:\Folder 2\Subfolder B\File.txt" .

Any help is appreciated.
Question by:badabing1
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Bill Prew earned 500 total points
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Sure, XCOPY can do this quite well for you.  Use the /E option to preserve the folder structure, so something like this:

xcopy "C:\Folder 1" "C:\Folder 2" /E /I

Then, if you really want to "move" rather than "copy", after you verify the copy did what you wanted you can delete the source with:

rd /s /q "C:\Folder 1"

If you really have to do it all with one single command, then ROBOCOPY may be the easiest way there, like:

robocopy "C:\Folder 1" "C:\Folder 2" /S /MOVE


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Thanks for your response bp.
As these files are quite large I would prefer a move as I suspect this would be far quicker than a copy.  This is important as another process is going to pull these files elsewhere and I do not want it half way through a copy when this happens.  

Also I am using RoboFTP's DOSCMD function to do this job.  I do not believe I can run the robocopy command from RoboFTP, is that correct?
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by:Bill Prew
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I haven't used RoboFTP, so I would say give the ROBOCOPY approach a test and see if it works.

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by:Bill Prew
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Taking a quick look at the online help for RoboFTP, you probably need to use the EXEC command to run ROBOCOPY.


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badabing1 earned 0 total points
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Thanks for the help bp.

I have used RoboFTP to do the move.  I could not get it to work using the EXEC command:
EXEC "rotoftp.exe c:/folder1 c:/folder2 /MOV /S"

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I did however get it to work by adding the above code into a batch file and then calling that batch file through the DOSCMD command within roboftp.

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The final solution implemented.

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