Windows 10: Copy images files from old hard drive to another
Copy images files from old hard drive to another
I found an old hard drive which I want to format, not before I transfer all the photos there,
It's just that it's so old I wanted to know if there's a faster way than to search for them.
Maybe there's a way to find all images files (jpeg, png) and copy them?
Using Robocopy from a command prompt is probably the easiest way. Say your old drive is H: and you want to copy all photos you can find on H: into D:\photos - then open a command prompt and type:
robocopy H:\ D:\photos *.jpg *.jpeg *.png /s
Note there are two alternative extensions for 'jpegs'. The /s option will copy all subdirectories containing your chosen image file types and create copies of the files and directories under D:\photos (it will be necessary to create the same directory structure if two images from different folders share identical names). You could usefully add other image file types if you wish *.tiff, *.bmp and *.raw for example.
Good idea. I was thinking of suggesting XCOPY but the above seems better.
Yes, XCOPY would work too. I'm old enough to remember when it was first introduced in DOS 3.2 and I've been using it ever since. RoboCopy came in with Windows 7 and is much more powerful, but XCOPY is still there if you prefer.
Robocopy (the name is short for Robust File Copy) was introduced with the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit and is included in all editions of Windows 7. Its many strengths include the ability to copy all NTFS file attributes and to mirror the contents of an entire folder hierarchy across local volumes or over a network. If you use the right combination of options, you can recover from interruptions such as network outages by resuming a copy operation from the point of failure after the connection is restored.
It would be easy if you assigned all your image folders the the pictures library. Libraries were added in Windows 7 to be able to store like files in separate folders but view them at the same time.
Yes, but the OP doesn't want to keep the old drive permanently attached. They want to retrieve all images from the old drive before reformatting it and using it for something else.
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