Moving a million files

Posted on 2014-03-21
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Last Modified: 2014-04-03
I have a windows 2003 server that stores thousands and thousands of files that are created by another program. All PDF and MS Doc files. I need to move files off that are 3 years or older (by creation date) to another folder. This server doesn't have a lot of power behind it so I won't be able to open that folder to see the files. What is the best way to do this?
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Mahesh earned 2000 total points
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If you are not able to open this folder from itself server,
you need to access that folder with $ share from another servers and copy from there
May be you can use Robocopy for this
You can use any windows 2008 \ 2008 R2 server \ win7 for this as it contains Robocopy by default
Once you copied with robocopy, you can delete files from source
Run Robocopy from elevated command prompt

Robocopy syntax:
robocopy <source path> <destination path> /e /zb /Copyall /mir /log+:C:\copylog.log
robocopy \\2003SRV\D$\files\*.* D:\files /e /zb /Copyall /mir /log+:C:\copylog.log

This will copy all your files from 2003 source to new destination with logs
In case files are getting added, you can run above robocopy command again so that it will copy added files only (incremental)

Hope that helps


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How do I specify a date range? I dont want to copy the entire directory to another I only need to copy files that are 3 years or older.
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Mahesh earned 2000 total points
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Include one more switch in above command

/MAXAGE:n (:: MAXimum file AGE - exclude files older than n days/date.)
where n represents days, else n = YYYYMMDD date).

You can type robocopy /? to find out complete command syntax


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