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batch copy and rename files

Hi,

I need to copy all files in a directory to another directory and rename them by appending the current date. I guess xcopy or robocopy would work, but don't know how to set the destination and file name, so all files are copied and renamed to include the date.

Thanks!
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rookie_b
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rookie_b
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oBdACommented:
Try the script below; it uses WMI to get the date, which avoids problems with the OS and user dependent time format settings. The script is currently in test mode and will only display the copy commands it would normally run. Remove the uppercase ECHO in line 15 to run it for real.
@echo off
setlocal enabledelayedexpansion
set SourceFolder=C:\Temp
set TargetFolder=D:\Temp
set FileMask=*.txt
echo Getting time ...
for /f "tokens=1-9" %%a in ('wmic Path Win32_LocalTime Get Day^,DayOfWeek^,Hour^,Minute^,Month^,Quarter^,Second^,WeekInMonth^,Year ^| find /v ""') do (
	set /a Line += 1
	if "!Line!"=="1" (set VarA=%%a&set VarB=%%b&set VarC=%%c&set VarD=%%d&set VarE=%%e&set VarF=%%f&set VarG=%%g&set VarH=%%h&set VarI=%%i)
	if "!Line!"=="2" (set !VarA!=%%a&set !VarB!=%%b&set !VarC!=%%c&set !VarD!=%%d&set !VarE!=%%e&set !VarF!=%%f&set !VarG!=%%g&set !VarH!=%%h&set !VarI!=%%i)
)
for %%a in (Month Day Hour Minute Second) do (if !%%a! LSS 10 set %%a=0!%%a!)
set TimeStamp=%Year%%Month%%Day%_%Hour%%Minute%%Second%
for %%a in ("%SourceFolder%\%FileMask%") do (
	ECHO copy "%%a" "%TargetFolder%\%%~na_%TimeStamp%%%~xa)
)

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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Powershell method, remove the whatif if it satisfies you, change the $source and $destination to your defaults.
[CmdletBinding()]
Param(
    [string]$Source= "C:\temp",
    [string]$Destination= "d:\temp",
    [switch]$Force = $false
    )
$date= Get-Date -Format "yyyy-MM-dd"
While ((Test-Path -Path $Source) -ne $True)
 {
    Write-Output $Source " does not exist"
    $Source = Read-Host "Input Source Path"
}
While ((Test-Path -Path $Destination) -ne $True) {
    Write-Output $Destination " does not exist"
    $Destination = Read-Host "Input Destination Path"
} 
$files = Get-ChildItem -Path $source
foreach ($file in $files) {
$Destfilename = $Destination + "\" + $date + "-" + $file.name
$Destfilename
Copy-Item $file.FullName $Destfilename -WhatIf
}

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QlemoC++ DeveloperCommented:
The PS script can be simplified. And as I read it, the date should get appended, not prepended,
So lines 17-22 in short:
Get-ChildItem -Path $source |
   copy-item -whatif -destination { "$($_.BaseName)-$date$($_.Extension)" }

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The $force parameter does not have any meaning here, btw. IMHO is is not required at all.

On another note: It sounds more reasonable to only copy changed files; unless you need to have a complete set of files with the same date each time (in which case prepending the date makes more sense).
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