USB backup batch file help needed.

Posted on 2016-09-13
Last Modified: 2016-09-26
I need to create a simple batch file that will copy the entire content from c:\data to f: which is a thumb drive, it needs to create a new folder with the date and time each time when ran it so it won't overwrite the same folder under the f: destination. It also has to be completely silent  not need to interact with the user after initiated. Can someone here help me please.
Question by:jdff
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Something like this?
@echo off
setlocal enabledelayedexpansion
set Source=C:\Data
set TargetRoot=F:
REM The next line sets the following DateTime variables: DT_Day, DT_DayOfWeek, DT_Hour, DT_Minute, DT_Month, DT_Quarter, DT_Second, DT_WeekInMonth, DT_Year
for /f "delims=" %%a in ('wmic.exe Path Win32_LocalTime GET * /value') do (for /f "delims=" %%b in ("%%a") do set DT_%%b)
for %%a in (DT_Month DT_Day DT_Hour DT_Minute DT_Second) do (if !%%a! LSS 10 set %%a=0!%%a!)
set Timestamp=%DT_Year%%DT_Month%%DT_Day%_%DT_Hour%%DT_Minute%
set Target=%TargetRoot%\%Timestamp%
robocopy.exe "%Source%" "%Target%" /e /r:0 /w:0

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oBda, it worked perfectly, thank you very much. Is it possible to construct a command now that will copy the most recent date-stamped folder created on the thumb drive back to the C drive just as the restore function? I would be delighted to find out. Thank you.

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Obda, do you think that my question is doable? If so I can open another question for the answer. Please let me know. Thank you.
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by:Bill Prew
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Yes, what you are asking for seems very doable since the archived folders have a date stamp on them it is just a matter of sorting those in chronological order and getting the name of the latest backup.  Then copying that back to the C: drive.  Probably need to specify if files should be overwritten, etc, but I would suggest a new question for the restore piece, and link it to this one after awarding points here and closing.


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Worked flawlessly. Than you.

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