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I have files that I am using Robocopy to backup to another machine.    They go back to 2008.

I can put in maxage 1899 and the batch file  will run.   But if I try to use anything over 1900, it won't run.    Are there limitations to the values you can use on maxage and minage
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by:SerjTech
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Take a look at the syntax for Robocopy:

 /MAXAGE:n :: MAXimum file AGE - exclude files older than n days/date.
  /MINAGE:n :: MINimum file AGE - exclude files newer than n days/date.
  /MAXLAD:n :: MAXimum Last Access Date - exclude files unused since n.
  /MINLAD:n :: MINimum Last Access Date - exclude files used since n.
               (If n < 1900 then n = n days, else n = YYYYMMDD date).

So basically anything over than 1899 you have to use the date format YYYYMMDD

Hope this helps
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by:bankwest
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Ok, can you help me with this some more.      New to all this.

Here is what I have

robocopy "\\Riley2\Shares" "\\gld2112\fbak\riley2" /S /E /V /NP /MAXAGE:1899 /LOG:"E:\scripts\log_rcopy_riley-to-2112-%date:~10,4%_%date:~4,2%_%date:~7,2%.txt" /R:10 /W:30

How exactly should it look?

THANKS
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I can help but what do you want to achieve from it?

From your example.
You use both /S and /E.
/S copies all subfolders excluding empty folders while /E copies all subfolders including empty ones. So you need to pick which you want to do.

Your /MAXAGE:1899 would exclude files older than 1899 days. If you want to copy ALL files no matter the age just leave it out.

I can't help much more as not sure what you hoping to achieve but I would recommend visiting following site to learn up on the different switches / options that can be used
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc733145.aspx
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by:bankwest
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THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  This helped a lot.
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