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Robocopy syntax to copy folder and files

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I need to copy or move a complete folder from one location to another. For example I need to copy or move the folder 2010 (F:\projects\2010) to \\fileserver\archives.

The syntax and examples I see for robocopy are all about copying the files in a folder to another folder, but I need to move the complete folder.  I have a feeling this is really simple and I will feel dumb, but I just can't quite get it.
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Question by:gglollc
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by:NVIT
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To copy...
robocopy F:\projects\2010 \\fileserver\archives\2010

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To move...
robocopy F:\projects\2010 \\fileserver\archives\2010 /move

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If you're not familiar with how it works, be sure to test using the /nocopy switch
Also, the /LOG and /LOG+ switches are helpful for post examination.
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by:Qlemo
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By default, RoboCopy will only copy files. But all you need to do is to add /s (without empty subfolders) or /e (with empty subfolders).
robocopy F:\projects\2010 \\fileserver\archives /s
REM or
robocopy F:\projects\2010 \\fileserver\archives /s /move

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But that will copy/move the contents of the 2010 folder into archives, the folder itself will not be created.
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by:gglollc
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Okay, thanks. So I will create the 2010 folder at the target first.
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...I will create the 2010 folder at the target first
...or revise Qlemo's code, including the folder name:

robocopy F:\projects\2010 \\fileserver\archives\2010 /s
REM or
robocopy F:\projects\2010 \\fileserver\archives\2010 /s /move

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If you have a bunch of folders to process, e.g. 2010, 2011, 2012...
make a .bat file with something like this. Note: Remove the ECHO to run it for real:

for /d %%a in (201?) do (
  ECHO robocopy F:\projects\%%a \\fileserver\archives\%%a /s /move
)

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by:gglollc
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Got it, thanks! Works great.
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