Best way to Clean-up a huge File Structure keeping only the good.

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  1. Bree's Avatar
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    Always glad to help.

    I have been developing my own batch file for user files backups, it can do a full or incremental backup by using the Xcopy/RoboCopy /M option (copy files with the Archive attribute set then clear the Archive attribute). Started out at 70 lines in 2014 using Xcopy, now at over 175 line and uses RoboCopy. It's full of 'sanity checks' for my own protection.
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  2. Ztruker's Avatar
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    I use a nice little program called Mirror Folder. It's not free but does everything I need it to do. Works locally and across my netwwork. Single license is $39.
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  3. questorfla's Avatar
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    Thanks Ztrucker. This is a long term project and i don't mind paying for an app if it does what is needed
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  4. Callender's Avatar
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       #14

    Also check out FileMover

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  5. Ztruker's Avatar
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    File Mover is primitive compared to Mirror Folder. Curious as to what you finally end up doing.
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  6. ddelo's Avatar
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    Bree said:

    Always glad to help.

    I have been developing my own batch file for user files backups, it can do a full or incremental backup by using the Xcopy/RoboCopy /M option (copy files with the Archive attribute set then clear the Archive attribute). Started out at 70 lines in 2014 using Xcopy, now at over 175 line and uses RoboCopy. It's full of 'sanity checks' for my own protection.
    I will agree with Bree 100%. Robocopy is a native Windows command that allows the user to copy/move files in every possible way. As Bree has done (since 2010 in my case), I have also made a backup script, to backup user files and use it more than once a day, as it is extremely fast if you use the proper /MT switch (Multithreading). I also have a restore script, by just reversing Source and Destination directories, excluding what I don't want to be moved back.
    The best thing about Robocopy is that you can test/verify your commands, by adding an /L switch, with which you just get a report of what will be done, without moving anything.

    Another thing that I run to recently, after a clean install, is that someone must be careful when copying security attributes with Robocopy (/COPY: DATSOU or /COPYALL switches). It copies the owner and user information, so when the file is copied to another user, it also copies the security info of the original user. In which case you might end up with erroneous or non-existent owner and user security attributes. Be careful with this one. If not needed to copy the security attributes, just don't use the /COPY or / COPYALL switches. By default Robocopy will do /COPY: DAT = copy Data, Archive and Time attributes, which is more than enough for personal files.
    And one last advice. Always use the /LOG or /UNILOG switch, to log what your command has done. It's a life saver!
    Last edited by ddelo; 26 Jan 2019 at 06:10.
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  7. Callender's Avatar
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    Well if you want to exclude specific file types or folders take a look at free AutoVer:

    AutoVer - see Advanced Tab
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  8. questorfla's Avatar
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    Well now i have to add one more to the list. AutoVer. Thanks Callender. :)
    And to reply to ZTrucker, it is still a project in the works.
    The problem i have found is that as fast as I can think of a better way to do things, somone else comes along asking me to do a completely different job. I am sure that eventually one or more of these will win out on THIS project but now i am stuck with a different problem involving file sharing done over an open network using Windows 10 X64 (Plain Vanilla) where they want to create shared folders containing sub-folders that each will require different levels of access for specific people.
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