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Can you help me with a robocopy command?

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A client has a mix of documents that were last modified before 2013 and after 2013.  We'd like to archive all documents before 2013, but don't want to lose our directory structure.  Would you help write a robocopy for this?


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by:becraig
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You need to look at using maxage / minage

robocopy source destination /MIR /minage 1/1/2013 

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/minage:<N>
      

Specifies the minimum file age (exclude files newer than N days or date).

More info:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc733145.aspx
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by:epichero22
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Will this move older files or simply copy them?
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by:becraig
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In order to move we would have to add the /mov flag
/mov  Moves files, and deletes them from the source after they are copied.

That would delete the source once the copy is complete.

robocopy source destination /MIR /mov /minage 1/1/2013 

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by:epichero22
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Here's what I used:

robocopy "source" "Destination" /MIR /move /minage:20131201

Slightly different from what you mentioned, namely the "move" vs. "mov".  Any concerns with that?
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becraig earned 500 total points
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/move would also move folders, so if you have folders in the structure you want to move then that is appropriate.

One does files the other does files and folders.
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by:epichero22
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for epichero22's comment #a40407632
Assisted answer: 500 points for becraig's comment #a40406958

for the following reason:

The command provided wasn't exactly the correct.
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by:becraig
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The question indicated files and not folders:
We'd like to archive all documents before 2013

Had the OP indicated folder moves, then the correct flag of /move would have been provided.

The key question:
A client has a mix of documents that were last modified before 2013 and after 2013.  We'd like to archive all documents before 2013, but don't want to lose our directory structure.  Would you help write a robocopy for this?

The answer for the question posed was the /minage flag
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by:epichero22
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Well, the minage parameter was also incorrect.  But I'm still awarding points.
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by:becraig
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Can you tell me what was the problem with the minage parameter ?
Does it not work as described in the link provided ?

Did it not exclude files after the date specified in the command ?
If so please indicate, the value here is in ensuring the information given is correct or at least if it is not we move towards identifying the correct solutions.

Since you did not end up using the minage flag, can you identify what flag you did use this will help future users.
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by:epichero22
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This was the command that we used and proved successful.
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