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I would like a script that I can run which will produce an output file which numbers the file count in a specific folder.

For instance at this path:  C:\data\, I would like to run a script, not to be kept within the data folder, but externally, which would produce a text file which lists the amount of files found in the data folder.

If there are 2 files, I would like the output file to be produced, called files.txt, and within the files.txt file it should list the following:  2 files found, and the time stamp as well.

The files.txt should be created at C:\filecount\ folder.
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by:Barry Molenwijk
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$Filecount = (Get-Childitem C:\data -Recurse).Count
$Timestamp = Get-Date -Format "dd-MM-yyyy H:mm:ss"
$Message = "$($Timestamp) | $($Filecount) files found."

Does that work for you?
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by:Barry Molenwijk
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That would be PowerShell btw.
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by:Barry Molenwijk
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D'oh. Add one more line.

$Message | Out-File C:\filecount\files.txt -Append
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Plain batch. This script does not count recursively; if you want to count files in subfolders as well, simply add /s after the "dir" command. You can pass the path to the folder as first argument, by default it will use C:\Data.
@echo off
setlocal
set LogFile=C:\filecount\files.txt
if "%~1"=="" (set Folder=C:\Data) else (set Folder=%~1)
for /f %%a in ('dir /b /a:-d "%Folder%" 2^>NUL ^| find /c /v ""') do set FileCount=%%a
echo [%Date%][%Time%] %FileCount% files found in '%Folder%'.
>>"%LogFile%" echo [%Date%][%Time%] %FileCount% files found in '%Folder%'.

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by:NVIT
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Another batch example:
@echo off
for /f %%a in ('dir /a:-d c:\data ^| find /c /v ""') do (
  set ct=%%a
)
echo %ct% %date% %time% > C:\filecount\files.txt

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by:Steve Knight
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or from batch

for /f %%s in ('dir /a-d /a c:\data\*.* ^| find "File(s)"') do echo %%s files found at %date% %time%> D:\files.txt


Steve
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NewVillageIT,
this will count the additional lines of the dir output (volume information, summary etc) as well, not only the files.

Steve Knight,
this will only work on English versions of Windows; the "dir" output is localized (and it will not count hidden files).
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by:Steve Knight
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oBdA ... pedantic on :-)  Yes can soon add /a to the line to get files including hidden.... and change the word File(s) to the relevant one for your lingo!
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by:NVIT
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oBdA,
Oops... This one.

@echo off
for /f %%a in ('dir /b /a:-d c:\data ^| find /c /v ""') do (
  echo %%a files found %date% %time% >> C:\filecount\files.txt
)

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by:100questions
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Thanks for all the assistance.
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