Software to move thousands of files from many folders to one folder

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  1. Posts : 5
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       #1

    Software to move thousands of files from many folders to one folder


    Hi, I am new to forum and not the most tech savvy. Here's what I need to do:

    I have 10 folders with 19,000 .JSON and .JPG files. Ideally, I want to select all 10 folders and just move or copy the .JSON files to one folder but not the any of the other file extensions.

    Is anyone aware of a relatively simple software I can use to tackle this function? Thank you in advance for any advice.
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  2. Try3's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.928
       #2

    Andrew,

    Use File explorer search - search for *.json - see Search in File Explorer - TenForumsTutorials
    In the results, press Ctrl+A to select them all.
    Then drag them to the desired folder.

    Denis
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  3. Posts : 5
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    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thanks Denis. And I assume a few thousand files in each folder doing this manually shouldn't trip this up. I will report back if an issue and appreciate the quick reply.
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  4. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #4

    The most straightforward is to use file explorer as above. When doing so, I would suggest you copy, not move, in case something goes amiss, then delete afterwards.

    If you want some other well-known options:

    Teracopy:
    TeraCopy for Windows - Code Sector

    Robocopy perhaps- built in, and has been provided a GUI mentioned here:
    Robocopy in Windows 10 & Microsoft Robocopy GUI

    Robocopy: The Ultimate Guide (A Complete How-To)
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  5. Posts : 5
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       #5

    Great, thank you again and also for these recommendations. Very much appreciated.
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  6. AndreTen's Avatar
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    This can be done with few commands, that can be put in .bat file.

    Command is described here at superuser forums:
    Make new text file and copy in it:

    Code:
    @echo off
    md merged
    for /f "delims=" %%f in ('dir /b /ad') do (
        if not %%f==merged xcopy "%%f"\*.json merged /s /y
    )
    save it and rename to something.bat. Put it in topmost folder of your files, and run
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  7. ricardobohner's Avatar
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       #7

    There might be a problem if in the 10 folders there are files with the same name when you try to copy them to a single folder since there can't be 2 files with the same name in the same folder.
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  8. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
       #8

    All of the above but not seen is don't worry about the drive space, Move shouldn't change what is available while Copy will take up more space, same for saving duplicates. Example of choices:
    Software to move thousands of files from many folders to one folder-image.png
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  9. Posts : 1,398
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    I vote with dalchina about Copy instead of Move. If something goes wrong, it might be hard or very hard to get the original files back. With Copy, one can compare the source with the target, after making sure byte-sizes match, then the source files can be deleted. Another idea: Copy in "clumps" -- perhaps no more than 50-100 files at a time. More control over the operation that way.
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  10. sygnus21's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (x64) 20H2 (19042.928)
       #10

    Maybe I'm missing something but I see absolutely no need to use a third party app to move files. A simple organize by file extension in explorer - jpeg, json and click the files with the extensions to move or copy. Don't need a third party app for that.
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