XCOPY Routine

Steve Eckerman
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Hello Experts,  I am currently running an xcopy routine to back up files from my server to another machine.  However when it copy's the files from one directory it only copy's about half of the directories contained in that folder.  The directory with the problem is called home.  Attached is the xcopy script that I am running.  Any ideas as to why it only copies some of the directories would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!
xcopy \\PSIDC1\PSI\data\access\*.md? \\PSIBACKUP\psi\data\access\ /y/s/h/d
xcopy \\PSIDC1\HR\data\access\*.md? \\PSIBACKUP\psi\data\access\ /y/s/h/d
xcopy \\PSIDC1\PSI\data\access2003\*.md? \\PSIBACKUP\psi\data\access2003\ /y/s/h/d
xcopy \\PSIDC1\PSI\data\labels\*.* \\PSIBACKUP\psi\data\LABELS\ /y/s/h/d
xcopy \\PSIDC1\PSI\data\Word\*.* \\PSIBACKUP\psi\data\Word\ /y/s/h/d
xcopy \\PSIDC1\PSI\data\excel\*.* \\PSIBACKUP\psi\data\excel\ /y/s/h/d
xcopy \\PSIDC1\PSI\data\powerpoint\*.* \\PSIBACKUP\psi\data\powerpoint\ /y/s/h/d
xcopy \\PSIDC1\PSI\data\Project\*.* \\PSIBACKUP\psi\data\project\ /y/s/h/d
xcopy \\PSIDC1\PSI\data\QS9000\*.* \\PSIBACKUP\psi\data\QS9000\ /y/s/h/d
xcopy \\PSIDC1\PSI\data\Visio\*.* \\PSIBACKUP\psi\data\Visio\ /y/s/h/d
xcopy \\PSIDC1\PSI\data\CADFILES\*.* \\PSIBACKUP\psi\data\CADFILES\ /y/s/h/d
xcopy \\PSIDC1\PSI\\dataFAMS\*.* \\PSIBACKUP\psi\data\FAMS\ /y/s/h/d
xcopy \\PSIDC1\PeachTree\*.* \\PSIBACKUP\psi\data\pca\ /y/s/h/d
xcopy \\PSIDC1\PSI\msoffice\*.* \\PSIBACKUP\psi\msoffice\ /y/s/h/d
xcopy \\PSIDC1\Home\*.* \\PSIBACKUP\psi\home\ /y/s/h/d
xcopy \\PSIDC1\Pca_new\*.* \\PSIBACKUP\psi\data\pca_new\ /y/s/h/d
attrib -a \\PSIBACKUP\psi\*.* /s/d

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"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic Advisor
Top Expert 2015
Commented:
Firstly, you should stop using XCopy and try to migrate to RoboCopy, which is part of the OS since XP now. It's much more robust against issues, and allows for better control.

When using XCopy you should add the /c switch to continue after errors. Otherwise XCopy stops as soon as it hits e.g. locked or protected files.
Steve EckermanSystems Administrator

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Thank you Expert but I am not sure what a "code block" is.
Steve EckermanSystems Administrator

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Great answer!!!  I am working on the Robocopy script right now!!!  Thanks!!!
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Steve EckermanSystems Administrator

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I tried rerunning the xcopy routine and when it attempted to do the home directory I received a insufficient memory error.  What to I need to add to prevent this from happening?  Thanks
Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic Advisor
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Probably that is a result of circular links in the home directory, generating extensive long paths. I cannot think of a way to prevent from following those links. RoboCopy should not have that issue.
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Thanks for the explanation!

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