Looking for an application to auto-move or copy files

Hi Guys,

I am looking for a small app that can move files from a "source" folder to a destination folder on a network drive, once a file is present in the source folder.

We have a scanning device, putting documents in a folder, these documents must be moved to a network location as they arrive in the network scanning folder.

NB:  The scanner is not able to scan to a network folder directly.
Rupert EghardtProgrammerAsked:
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AlanConsultantCommented:
Hi

Where is the folder that the scanner is dropping files located?

If it is on a PC that is networked, the simplest option would be to create a symbolic link on the PC to the network location.  The scanner won't even know, and no need to run any additional application.

https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/16226/complete-guide-to-symbolic-links-symlinks-on-windows-or-linux/


Alan.
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Rupert EghardtProgrammerAuthor Commented:
Thanks Alan,

The folder is sitting on C: drive of a PC connected to the scanner.

Please explain symbolic link?
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AlanConsultantCommented:
Did you read the link?

It means that the scanner drops the file into what it sees as a local folder, but is actually on a network drive.

Alan.
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Rupert EghardtProgrammerAuthor Commented:
Thank you!  Apologies I missed the link the first time round.

I think this will do the trick, let me test and revert back.
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AlanConsultantCommented:
Cool.  Let me know how it goes.

Alan.
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hdhondtCommented:
If Alan's suggestion does not do the job for you, another way is to use a small batch file that looks for files in the target directory and moves them. For example:

:startpoint
move /y x:\path1\*.* y:\path2
ping 1.2.3.4 -n 1 -w 1000
Goto startpoint

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Run this on on a PC/server that can access both directories. The ping command is to give a delay of 1 s. It will try to ping an unreachable address (1.2.3.4) for 1000 ms. After that the file loops back to the beginning. Set it to start when the PC is powered up. You probably need to run it with administrator privileges.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If you can save the files to a server, then you can likely configure something with the File Server Resource Manager - FSRM - to do this for you.  See:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/storage/fsrm/fsrm-overview
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sarabandeCommented:
at the pc where the local c drive is located you should open the explorer, then click to 'This PC' node in the left tree list. the explorer then will offer a button 'Connect To Network Drive". this can be used to permanently assign a new driver letter, say Z:, to any shared folder at the network (if the destination folder is not a share yet, you have to define it at the server to be shared). you can also store the needed user credentials such that the connection will be renewed automatically after login. if you did so, the scanner could/should be configured to use the new drive Z:  for to store the scanned files.

Sara
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AlanConsultantCommented:
Hi Rupert,

Did the sym link work?

Alan.
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