Copying folder command issues

Posted on 2013-10-28
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Last Modified: 2013-11-06
I'm racking my brain on this.  I have a scanner that dumps it's scans into a folder.  In that folder it creates a folder structure of a sequential numbered batch and then in that folder another folder named "1" with the scans with in it.  So example two folders would be
Now I need to move the folder named "1" from "sample" to a network location to be sucked up into a document management system for indexing/archiving purposes.  For the end users I was thinking a bat file they could click to run that would copy all of the "1" folders and then delete the source including the sequentially numbered folder as well leaving just an empty "sample" folder.  Halp?
Question by:leshad82
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Expert Comment

ID: 39605851
May want to setup a scheduled task on the server/computer that receives the files.  Use robocopy *.jpg with the /mov option...  and then there's nothing to delete

Expert Comment

ID: 39605860
robocopy <Source> <Destination> [<File>[ ...]] [<Options>]

Copies subdirectories. Note that this option excludes empty directories.
Copies subdirectories. Note that this option includes empty directories. For additional information, see Remarks.
Copies only the top N levels of the source directory tree.
Copies files in Restart mode.
Copies files in Backup mode.
Uses Restart mode. If access is denied, this option uses Backup mode.
Copies all encrypted files in EFS RAW mode.
Specifies the file properties to be copied. The following are the valid values for this option:
D Data
A Attributes
T Time stamps
S NTFS access control list (ACL)
O Owner information
U Auditing information
The default value for CopyFlags is DAT (data, attributes, and time stamps).
Copies directory time stamps.
Copies files with security (equivalent to /copy:DAT).
Copies all file information (equivalent to /copy:DATSOU).
Copies no file information (useful with /purge).
Fixes file security on all files, even skipped ones.
Fixes file times on all files, even skipped ones.
Deletes destination files and directories that no longer exist in the source. For additional information, see Remarks.
Mirrors a directory tree (equivalent to /e plus /purge). For additional information, see Remarks.
Moves files, and deletes them from the source after they are copied.
Moves files and directories, and deletes them from the source after they are copied.
Adds the specified attributes to copied files.
Removes the specified attributes from copied files.
Creates a directory tree and zero-length files only.
Creates destination files by using 8.3 character-length FAT file names only.
Turns off support for very long paths (longer than 256 characters).
Monitors the source, and runs again when more than N changes are detected.
Monitors source, and runs again in M minutes if changes are detected.
Creates multi-threaded copies with N threads. N must be an integer between 1 and 128. The default value for N is 8.
The /MT parameter cannot be used with the /IPG and /EFSRAW parameters.
Redirect output using /LOG option for better performance.
The /MT parameter applies to Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7.
Specifies run times when new copies may be started.
Checks run times on a per-file (not per-pass) basis.
Specifies the inter-packet gap to free bandwidth on slow lines.
Copies the symbolic link instead of the target.

Author Comment

ID: 39605877
It has to be done on demand.  The end users need to move and index/archive the scans right away after scanning.  I don't need to delete but they will be making hundreds of these .jpgs daily so space may become an issue rather quickly as the source machine is just a PC.  We will have the images in the document management system so retention isn't an issue.  I was also hoping to keep them in the "1" folder as it will act as a batch which will help as they are indexed at the "batch" level.  Cleaner for the end user.  I know of a few ways to just copy the folder but I keep getting stuck at the fact the sequential number changes with each batch and not sure how I can wild card it or not.
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Expert Comment

ID: 39608285
robocopy has the include sub-directory option /s so you don't have to worry about the sequential number change.

Could still be done on demand, but I was thinking more like a continuous loop so they wouldn't have to do anything....

Accepted Solution

leshad82 earned 0 total points
ID: 39617678
I answered my own question with the following powershell command.

$src = "source\folder"
$dest = "destination\folder"

Get-ChildItem -Path $src -Recurse -include "1" | ForEach-Object {

    $nextName = Join-Path -Path $dest -ChildPath $_.name

    while(Test-Path -Path $nextName)
       $nextName = Join-Path $dest ($_.BaseName + "_$num" + $_.Extension)    

    $_ | Move-Item -Destination $nextName

This essentially searches the folder where the scans go for folders called 1 in every subfolder then moves them to the destination and if one already exists adds _1, _2 etc as needed.

Author Comment

ID: 39617684
I concur

Author Closing Comment

ID: 39626861
Out of the comments given none really designed the solution I was looking for.

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