Using RoboCopy

  1. Posts : 153
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    Using RoboCopy

    I'm trying to use RoboCopy to backup my data files to a USB stick and External HDD.

    I created a folder in each destination called DataBackup and run the following command.

    robocopy "d:\datafiles" "e:\databackup /e

    Problem is it doesn't copy to that folder. It simply puts the folder DataFiles in the root of each drive and copies it's contents.
    In fact the folder I specify in the command is removed after the copy.
    How do I get robocopy to copy the folder to the folder I specify?

    Also, after the initial copy, when I want to backup again, how to I tell robocopy to only replace files that has been changed since the last backup?

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  2. pepanee's Avatar
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    I don't know much about RoboCopy. I use a 3rd party program that is a GUI version of RoboCopy called: FastCopy

    But also one thing that I wanted to point out to you was that you seem to be missing a "close quote" after e:\databackup

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    I found a third party sync program that does my bidding.

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  5. Posts : 264
    Windows 10 Enterprise

    This is the wrong syntax: robocopy "d:\datafiles" "e:\databackup /e

    IT needs to be like this: robocopy d:\datafiles e:\databackup\datafiles /e

    You only need the quotes if the folder has a space in the name. Hope this helps.
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  6. Try3's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.928


    If you are happy to use a third party utility then fine but you could have used

    ROBOCOPY "d:\datafiles" "e:\databackup" /E /XA:H /MIR /DCOPY:T /MT /R:10

    You'll find explanations of each of the switches by entering this in a command window RoboCopy /?

    In the example given, you can omit the " pairs but notice that, as pointed out above, they must be used at the start and end of any path that contains a space [in your question, you omitted one of them - they must always exist in pairs if they are used at all].

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  7. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (20H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    Try3 said:
    If you are happy to use a third party utility then fine but you could have used....
    Actually, you don't need to go to third parties to find a Robocopy GUI. Microsoft have had one since 2006...

    ...and there's been RichCopy since 2009.
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  8. Wiley Coyote's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 1809 (OS Build 17763.437)

    Maybe a look at would be helpful. I know it was for me when a certain someone sent me a copy of their RoboCopy "back-up" routine.
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