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Copy folders including timestamp

Q: Copy folders including timestamp

Hi everyone,
I'm in search for a tool to copy several folders to another computer including the given timestamp.
I would appreciate a solution just like
"Context Menu - Copy Folders including Timestamp" to make copy-process easier.
Is there anything on the market?

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A: Copy folders including timestamp

I thought robocopy had this feature available.

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Hi all,
I have read several posts in this forum about copying cells including formatting, and I'm just not getting it for what I need.
The code is a Double Click event, and I need to toggle between contents of 3 cells that are copied from Sheet 3 to Sheet 1. I got the copying part---that wasn't hard.
What I don't get is how to do it to include the underline formatting I have on part of the text in those cells.
When cells D6 and D7 on sheet 3 are copied over to sheet 1, I need to retain the underline under the "X" (in D6) and under the "no" (in D7).

The file is attached, and the lines of code I need help with is:

ElseIf Selection.Address = "$I$32" Then
Cancel = True
Select Case ActiveCell.Value
Case Sheet3.Range("D5").Value
ActiveCell.Value = Sheet3.Range("D6").Value
Case Sheet3.Range("D6").Value
ActiveCell.Value = Sheet3.Range("D7").Value
Case Else
ActiveCell.Value = Sheet3.Range("D5").Value
End Select
I know that there are probably a hundred code methods to do the copying---I need to find one that will retain the underline formatting.
Thanks in advance for your help!

A:Excel VBA copy cells from one worksheet to another including formatting

I do not see and Copy in your vba code

If you want to copy the formatting use the select, copy and pastspecial, then ALL including the formatting is copied

Try recording a macro for just one slection and then checkout the code, you'll see what it does.

Then you can use that code (after editting)

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I run a Windows backup on my system C drive on a schedule. Watching the details this morning, I noticed it also backs up Music folders, but not their files, from another phsycial hard drive, D drive (labeled "Video-Music-Books"). Why would Win's backup include folders from another drive? And to understand better, why only the folders and not the files? Win 8x64 Pro. Thanks,

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Error message

"This file does not have a program associated with it for preforming this action?"

comes up on all desktop programme shcuts. I can;t access folders and files. I can't access drives, programmes, I can't get the CMD from start, if I insert a external drive it won't open, web browser won't open, same for control panel etc. The only features I that are normal are the help and and task bar audio/power options. What can I do? I was running Malware Bytes, Spy Doc and Windows Essential at the same time when this occurred.

A:Can't open ANY files folders or programmes, including web browser and CMD

If you get the error for drives and folder you can get this fix



windows 7


Sometimes the fix for drives may not work,but Folders fix work for both drives and folders

Restart the PC and see if yo u can open drives and folders

Now,run all the fixes given here



vista & 7


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I have been setting up file history for a few people on W8 PCs
(Dont have windows 8 myself)
would be useful to include emails from Outlook (if PST) , WLM & Thunderbird
these files are kept in the AppData folders , but just by copying the data , you can restore all the emails and contacts very easily

File History backs up the Library - so can you add the Appdata to a Library ?
and include the Microsoft, Windowslivemail or thunderbird folders


A:file history including AppData folders - for Email

Hi Wayne,

Is this what your after?

Library - Add a Folder to in Windows 8

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Hi there!

I'm unable to copy/move folders from my PC to my camera. But I'm able to copy individual photos and files.

Can anyone help me out here?

A:Cannot copy folders to camera but can copy individual files

Most likely the camera firmware does not handle folders.
Is there any way to create a folder on the camera?

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I have Antispyware 2010 on my laptop and it has caused a lot of problems. IE will not open and I cannot transfer any files from the computer to removable media of any kind. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will not run, it keeps giving me a run-time error '372' saying that the version of vbalsgrid6.ocx may be outdated. SUPERAntiSpyware did not work either. I've tried FixExe which ran but did not fix the problem of IE not opening. Oh, and the taskbar is missing. Is this fixable?

A:Antispyware 2010 has disabled most programs (including IE) and copy/paste functionality

Hi,Welcome to Bleeping Computer. My name is m0le and I will be helping you with your log.Please subscribe to this topic, if you haven't already. Click the Watch This Topic button at the top on the right.

Please avoid installing/uninstalling or updating any programs and attempting any unsupervised fixes or scans. This can make helping you impossible.

Please reply to this post so I know you are there.The forum is busy and we need to have replies as soon as possible. If I haven't had a reply after 3 days I will bump the topic and if you do not reply by the following day after that then I will close the topic.Once I receive a reply then I will return with your first instructions.Thanks

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I have a two-PC LAN-
Desktop with Vista Home Premium 32-bit, 3MB RAM, dual HDs-RAID 1.
Laptop with Vista Ultimate 64-bit, 4MB RAM. dual HDs, no RAID.
LAN is based on Dlink DIR-655 giga-switch and draft-N wireless router.
Both PCs have giga NICs.

I treat the desktop as "Home Base." When I travel, I copy (manual drag-and-drop) my personal data to the laptop across the network. If I make changes while on the road, I copy teh data back to the desktop.

I keep my personal data in lots of folders in the Public Folder on each PC.

No problems until now, I have much more data on the Desktop PC.
One folder is 66GB. Within that folder I have sub folders of 16GB and 28GB.

65GB folder will not copy to the Laptop. Copy message says "calculating" then disappears and nothing has been copied.

I cannot copy the 16GB folder to another folder on the same HD on the Desktop PC.

Why not? Is there an upper limit on size of folders/files that can be copied?

Thanks for all help.

A:Cannot copy Large Folders

Why not use an App to keep them synced all the time. Plenty of decent apps out there to do that. That way the application is only trying to copy files that have changed.

Could probably write a batch file to copy only files that have changes as well.

But if you insist on drag and drop then give TeraCopy a try.

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I know to do a set of files you get -

Const OverwriteExisting = True
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
objFSO.CopyFile "C:\*.txt" , "D:\Archive\" , OverwriteExisting

What I need is to have this include subdirectories and I also need it to not move files that are already existing with the same modified date (I.E. I only want to move new files and all folders.

Any ideas?

A:Copy files and folders in VBS?

You may consider Shell( )ing out to XCOPY. There are command line switches that will do what you want.

Copies files and directory trees.

XCOPY source [destination] [/A | /M] [/D[:date]] [/P] [/S [/E]] [/V] [/W]
[/C] [/I] [/Q] [/F] [/L] [/G] [/H] [/R] [/T] [/U]
[/K] [/N] [/O] [/X] [/Y] [/-Y] [/Z]

source Specifies the file(s) to copy.
destination Specifies the location and/or name of new files.
/A Copies only files with the archive attribute set,
doesn't change the attribute.
/M Copies only files with the archive attribute set,
turns off the archive attribute.
/D:m-d-y Copies files changed on or after the specified date.
If no date is given, copies only those files whose
source time is newer than the destination time.
Specifies a list of files containing strings. Each string
should be in a separate line in the files. When any of the
strings match any part of the absolute path of the file to be
copied, that file will be excluded from being copied. For
example, specifying a string like \obj\ or .obj will exclude
all files underneath the directory obj or all files with the
.obj extension respectively.
/P Prompts you before creating each destination file.
/S Copies directories and subdirectories except empty ones.
/E Copies directories and subdirectories, including empty ones.
Same as /S /E. May be used to modify /T.
/V Verifies each new file.
/W Prompts you to press a key before copying.
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Went through and individually highlighted folders (containing pictures) to be copied onto cd-r...then clicked on "copy these folders"...everytime the message comes up that there is no disc. I take the disc out( brand new disc), put it back in...same message. I have even tried dvd drive. Nothing. Any suggestions? Want to back things up but don't seem to be able. I read on microsoft.com there is a Backup with Win XP--my understanding it's on the win xp cd...and you have to install it...could've misunderstood...because I tried that and come up with nothing. Input please....

A:CD-R Drive--can't copy folders to cd-r

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i need to copy folders from one network drive to another drive each night. The structure of the folders are

i only want to copy the folders starting with 12, there will be a random amount of folders created starting with 12 by the end of the year it could be up to 20 folders all starting with 12, i need to use a wildcard so i don't miss any of them. i would like to put the correct process in a batch file if possible but if not i can run each night manually

i can't seem to get this to work with copy , xcopy or robocopy

copy p:\client\12*. z:\clientbak\12*. /s this is an example of what i would like to do with whatever

copy program and with the correct syntax the above doesn't work with xcopy , copy or robocopy

A:How to copy folders using wildcards

Welcome Dsikirica to the windows 7 forum.
I suggest xcopy with the wildcard xcopy p:\client\12*.* z:\clientbak /s/i/m should copy the files you need
to the clientbak directory, creating the new directories if you wish.


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I have a folder called "Test" with three subfolders called Alpha, Beta, Charlie. I have backed up the "Test" folder to an external drive using drag and drop. When I do this, I get a message, and I select "replace the files in the existing folder".

I changed the sub-folder names to One, Two, Three and re-ran the copy process.

I now have the following folders on my backup drive in the "Test" folder - Alpha, Beta, Charlie, One, Two, Three.

This is now NOT a copy of the original "Test" folder, which only has three sub-folders.

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Hi, everybody.

I have created a MDB file which I am using with secured.mdw.

This database contains some important data therefore I am looking for ways to stop this file from being copied.

can u suggest some ways where this copy protection can be implemented even at the OS level i.e (windows os all variants).

waiting for some smart ways!!!



A:copy protrection of files/folders

Don't know of a way to keep it from being copied except password protect it from being opened.

But if they have to open it they can copy it.

The only other thing I can think of is to set the permission to only those who you trust with it.

You might want to check this site out and when there if you can't find a solution email Dreamboat and ask her. She will be more than glad to help you if it can be done.

If so post back I'd like to know myself if it can be.


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I need to assign different sets of documents to different sets of folders. Even if I highlight the folders I want to assign the documents to by holding shift or ctrl keys I can only paste to the folder my cursor is hovering over.

This will take several hours each week to do so any help is greatly appreciated!

A:Is it possible to copy documents to multiple folders?

Is it possible to copy multiple files from one folder in one go and paste them in different folders individually?

There are a couple options in this read. Most anything is possible using a batch file.
Good luck.

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OK....so I'm seeing some very poor performance and strange issues here.

I have a DVD-R with 3 folders with each folder having about 50 pictures (each picture is about 20mb). If I open the disc and try to copy all three folder onto my HDD, you can hear the drive head seeking like crazy and I get maybe 2MB/S transfer.

If I cancel the copy the drive continues to spin and seek for quite some time even though nothing is being done? As a matter of fact, I pretty much have to eject the DVD to get the drive to stop spinning/seeking.

So...if I eject it, then reinsert it the drive is fine.

NOW...if I try and copy just one folder to my HDD, rather than selecting all 3 at the same time, the drive doesn't seek like crazy and I get my normal sustained 15-18MB/S transfer.

I have tested this on my laptop, and on another desktop computer and found the issue to be replicated on all three systems (all have different CPUs, HDDs, and DVD drives)...which are all on Win7.

So what is going on here?

A:Copy from DVD-R is slow with multiple folders?

If I had to guess...the files on the disk are physically in different sections so the head has to move often instead of in a more linear fashion. When you select all there folders the contents are probably getting shuffled around in the queue.

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I was working on a computer running XP Home. I was trying to backup the documents/files to an external hard drive. The account I was logged into was an administrator account, but not THE administrator account. I tried to backup using the XP backup button through manage HD functions. The button for backup didn't even exist! Just blank space (perhaps that's a non-feature of Home that exists in Pro). Then I tried to copy/paste user docs folders. Some copied over just fine but three users accounts came up with the same error when I tried to paste them. Something like "cannot be created or replaced" along with a comment that it could be hardware or software problem. Also, I could not open the main user folders "access denied" even when logged on as that user. Yes, it seems the OS is fubar but that increases the need to do a backup so the HD can be nuked and reinstalled.

I tried connecting an external HD to the computer, booting up the computer using the primary HD. When I had problems with the OS, I removed the HD, changed it to slave and put it in another computer so I could go around the OS. Of course, I also connected the external HD. Still no joy. I also tried another external HD. Anything I can do from command line? Any ideas for me?

A:can't copy/paste folders & files

You could boot into safe mode and try copy/paste. Sometimes it will work from safe mode. Do you have the Windows Home cd? By default, Home doesn't install the back-up utility. You have to install it manually. 1.After inserting the CD-ROM, open Control Panel's "Add or Remove Programs" utility. In the "Add or Remove Programs" utility", click on the "Add New Programs" button, then click on the "CD or Floppy" button. 2. In the "Run Installation Program" dialog box that appears, navigate to the VALUEAD/MSFT/NTBACKUP folder on the CD-ROM and select the file NTBACKUP.MSI. Click on the "Finish" button. The Backup utility will be installed. Taken from http://tutorials.freeskills.com/how-to-bac...ome-edition.htm where there are furthur instructions/information concerning the back-up utility.

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OK, This is my first post here... My Win XP won't boot. It's a Dell Desktop. I start the PC and it right away brings me to the screen asking if I want to start in safe mode, safe mode with networking, safe mode with command promt, last known good config, or start normally. Nothing will boot windows it just brings me to the blue screen. I can't even seem to get the DOS CMD promt. I can bring it to a friend of mine to reformat it for me but will loose the contents of my C: drive. All I need is to copy about 10 folders on my desktop to another drive. How would I go about doing this? My other question is this, Do I risk just transfering the virus to the other drive or computer i copy the files to? BTW I have an external USB HD, a card reader and a good laptop to transfer the files to. I don't care if it takes me a week to transfer all the files I just need them before I reformat. Thanks for any advice in advance guys....

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I have done a search but can't find this. I used to know where to look but can't remember ight now. Question is:
Where are emails stored in XP? When I look at files using "Explorer" where are they kept?

Thanks and Have a Great Day

A:Where to file emails to copy folders in XP

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Hi All - I'm setting up a simple backup using Second Copy (SC). I can set the SC software to automatically "sync" specified subdirs on my laptop's hard drive to a 1.5 TB NAS (Drobo FS).

My question is which folders do I want to keep safely copied. I know I want to safeguard "My Documents" (a/k/a: "C:\Users\ShepJim\Documents") -- that's where all my stuff is. And, while not as important, I'll have to make arrangements for "My Pictures" and "My Music."

My head starts to spin when I look at other data repositories. I know that all Eudora's email mailboxes are in "C:\Users\ShepJim\Application Data\Qualcomm\Eudora",

But, then there's also the "\AppData" folder whose "\Roaming\" subdirectory seems have a backdoor entrance to the same email data in "C:\Users\ShepJim\AppData\Roaming\Qualcomm\Eudora"

Question 1)
"C:\Users\ShepJim\Application Data\Qualcomm\Eudora" and
"C:\Users\ShepJim\AppData\Roaming\Qualcomm\Eudora" the same but with different names?

Question 2)
Do I have to play it safe and copy/sync the entire "\Users\ShepJim\" and all the sub-folders? That appears to contain a bunch of junk that I would not really need to get going again in the event of a disk crash or whatever.

I'm sure there is a reason that Microsoft has the files directory structure turned back inside itself like a Moebius strip?

A:Which folders should I copy to backup my laptop?

With a data backup program it only makes sense to backup your user folders and maybe the mail. Backing up system folders that way makes no sense. For the system you should use imaging. E.g. this one: Imaging with free Macrium

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First post here, not sure if this is the right subforum. I've searched for similar threads but didn't find any - please let me know if I missed them.

I just bought a new computer with Windows 8. It's fully updated, but I'm having a problem with the copy function. When I copy a folder with files in it, sometimes the files all show up in the destination folder without the source folder. For example, I copy folder "A" and paste it into destination folder "B." What happens is that all the files from folder "A" show up in folder "B" but without folder "A." Please let me know if this doesn't make sense.

This is frustrating especially for the complex array of folders and subfolders I am trying to copy, which would take hours to manually arrange.

More background: This hasn't happened every time. I'm copying folders and files from an external hard drive to the internal hard drive (with the OS) on my new computer. I've successfully copied a folder with not much in it to the desktop, and also one to another location. It has never worked when I've tried to copy all of my documents from the other computer - many gigabytes, thousands of files, many videos and pictures as well as MS Office files.

Is it the volume (number, size) or variety of things I'm trying to copy that's messing up? That seems like it shouldn't be a problem. It worked in Windows XP.... (my old computer).

The only next step I can think of is to be more systematic in ... Read more

A:Copy function does not always move folders

Yes, I found the same problem. Chronological files from 2002 to 2012 copied to Windows 8 resulted in many errors. An entire year was 'missed'. Many had incomplete days, where only half of the month was copied. I had to manually double-check the entire 30,000 files.
I have also found that the new 'delete' without the 'are you sure' option is not to be trusted, and may delete 3 to 4 consecutive files.
The system is inherently unstable for power users.

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I'm running Vista Home Basic on an Acer aspire 5735.
I'm trying to copy the contents of my usb stick to my HDD but nothings happen when I try.
I can copy individual or a selection of files but when I include a folder or folders in my selection nothings happens.

My HDD is NTFS and the USB stick is Fat32. 8Gb Kingston

Anyone any ideas

A:Solved: Can copy files but not folders.

Found the problem. There was a corrupted file in one of the folders. Mind you, an error message would have helped me out.

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Hi, i was wondering if you people could help me, im trying to Back up all my folders and such because i want to re-build my XP, but when i try to copy the folders to DVDs i get an error messege saying windows was unable to copy the file.

Any help will be highly appreciated.


A:Windows cant copy my files and folders

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I am having problems copying a folder containingphotos to a CD. I follow the instructions prompted.I select the folder;Click copy this folder; Click the CD recording drive [E]Click copy;Then I get this message: E:\is not accessable Incorrect functionI went to the help section my computer, andit said if the files are located in My Pictures underPicture Tasks Click copy to CD. I do not have this option on my computer underMy Pictures. Also tried to save a word file to CDand had the same prob. So it not only a Pictureprob.My OS HP palvilion dv 8315nr notebookXP homeAMD Turion 64It's probably nothing big. I just can't figure it out. PP

A:Trouble Copy Files And Folders

Maybe you should try using CD burning software. DeepBurner has a freeware version and I've heard it's good, although I've never used it myself.

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I exported my Vista Windows Mail folders and messages and imported them into WLM's Imported folders as Shawn's How To... post instructs.

How do I copy them to WLM's regular folders For Email?

Thanks, cb

A:Copy Emails from Imported Folders

Quote: Originally Posted by abredt

I exported my Vista Windows Mail folders and messages and imported them into WLM's Imported folders as Shawn's How To... post instructs.

How do I copy them to WLM's regular folders For Email?

Thanks, cb

Create sub-folder for each contact .....
Open WLM > right click at your account > New folder > enter name of a contact, i. e. Mary Jo
Go to the Imported folder > right click at Mary Jo's folder, if you have one made for her in Windows Mail, if not, right click at Mary Jo's e-mails > click Move To > navigate to Mary Jo's sub-folder > click Move.

If you do not have Move To option in your rightb click menu....
Context Menu - Add COPY TO FOLDER and MOVE TO FOLDER - Vista Forums
The tutorial works for Win 7 as well.
Go to Method One > download the reg file.

Editing :
Drag/drop has one shortcoming. It has the potential danger of dropping to the wrong folder if you let go the HOLD too soon, not to mention it is tiring to HOLD when you have a lot messages to drag/drop.
Move To or Copy To in the link I gave you is the safest and fastest way to tranfer quantity of messages of an entire folder.

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I am unable to Copy Files & Folders. Copy is displaying in popmenu but paste option is displaying as faded (it is disabled), but I can copy and paste in safe mode. The problem occur in normal mode.Please give the solution for this.

A:Unable to Copy Files & Folders


Originally Posted by srbala_123

I am unable to Copy Files & Folders. Copy is displaying in popmenu but paste option is displaying as faded (it is disabled), but I can copy and paste in safe mode. The problem occur in normal mode.Please give the solution for this.

I notice you are running Vista OS, but have posted in Windows XP forum......... Does this help if you are on your Vista machine? Post back if you need more assistance.

kind regards,

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I'm running windows 7 Ultimate (up-to-date) and certain folders (mostly folders in my box sync map and program files) are treated as if they are in use by a program but process explorer tell's me that only system and explorer.exe use them. I don't know if system should be using folders or if explorer should do so even when I am not viewing the folder. I can?t overwrite the files inside but I can move or delete them and copy the file in after. I can also not rename the folders.
Any idea's of how to solve this?

Thanks in advance,

A:Can't move folders but can copy and delete them

It's not a good idea to mess with files and folders in the Program Files folder. The Program Files folder is a system folder and the location for your installed programs. Mess things up in there are some of your installed programs may not work correctly or not work at all. You could also mess Windows up. What is it exactly that you are trying to do?

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I recently purchased a Buffalo ministation to save my folders to as a back up. I've copied some folders no problem (one up to 5.38gb) but now it is telling me (on a folder smaller than 4gb) that it cannot be copied. I formatted the hdd to NTFS as soon as I got it, so it isn't that.

Any help,


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I have a large group of 3000 folders and in them, there are the seletion of subfolders as shown below.

Property 1

Property 2


I need to create a CD containing all Gas information so I was hoping to find a way of copying the folders so that the root folders, "Property 1", "Property 2" etc are still there but only contain the Gas subfolder.

The only way I know of is to copy the whole thing somewhere else and delete the subfolders I don't want but I don't have the hard drive space - the above list is a simplified version!

Many thanks in advance.


A:Copy a group of folders but only 1 subfolder

Since this is a custom thought process, you'll need to script it.

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Would it be possible to add "Move to" and "Copy to" to the pull down options in Folders?

I remember "installing" this option via TuneUp 2009 in my XP, but I don't want to load another program to my set up...


A:Change properties of folders (Move/Copy To)

Context Menu - Add Copy To Folder and Move To Folder
Check out this tutorial!

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Hi Guys,

i have a collegue at work who is trying to copy some of her folders in her outlook, to a shared area so other members of staff can access them too.

i have not much experience with outlook so i not sure where i would look, i have tried the copy paste but that doesnt work.

Just wondered if any one would be able to help, if you need any more info i will try my best to answer.

Any info would be awesome thank you


A:Copy Outlook 2010 Folders to My Documents

It may depend on how Outlook and Exchange are configured for the organization.

You can do a Google for Outlook Shared Folder

Here are a couple links I found that might help you.
Create and share a public folder - Outlook - Office.com
How to Share an Outlook Mailbox | eHow.com

Hope this helps,

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my music collection is like Artist Folder/ Album Folder / song.mp3.....along with song file there are folder.jpg...i want to copy the folder.jpg to its parent folder (the Artist Folder)...is there any program that will let me do that easily?

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sorry to bother and disturb all of you,but i found out the reason behind my problem.actually i installed an application "teracopy" for copying files faster between disks/partitions,and it was causing all the mess. all are advised not to install "teracopy" with windows 7.thanks for ur great support and cooperation.

A:I cant copy/paste/cut files/folders in my harddisk!!!!!

I'm having the same problem: Can't copy files from external HDD to internal.

OT. - Using capital letters is considered shouting on the Internet.

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Well, I did a really stupid thing. My system drive was failing so before it died I went into panic mode and made a complete copy of my C: - system drive on a data drive. This of course included the "Program Files", "Program Files x86" and "Windows" folders. Now that I've replaced my system drive I just can't delete these folders no matter what I've tried. My main account is an admin account and I've even tried logging in as the built-in Administrators account but no matter what I do I can't delete these folders. I've managed to delete some of the files in these folders but definately not all. It's only taking 300MB but on an SSD this is significant.

Does anyone have a suggestion?

A:Can't Delete Copy of System Drive Folders

Even though my profile indicates I'm running Win2K8 the machine I've done this on is a Win7 64-bit box.

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hi all,

Going wind7 soon. Want to copy folder lists and files/contents in window explorer and print them out, then compare with the folders etc on my external HD backup to make sure whats there and if I need to save anything else.

Is there a software that will do this, or way to copy/paste or something similar?

suppose there could be print screens or snip tools but that sounds like a lot of extra work.



A:copy/save & print folders lists?

Well, it's probably not the easiest way to do it, but you can go to any Windows Explorer list in Windows Explorer and do a Prt Sc (or in my case Fn key + Prt Sc). Then paste the image into WordPad and save it as a Word doc. Note though, that when you do this step, it appears to "save" in Rich Text Format, but when you try to open the Word doc, you may have to do a Save as, into RTF again.
Then, when you go back into Windows Explorer to access the file, strangely, the image you printed is saved as a folder, and within the folder is the Word doc in which the image is actually printed.

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Hello folks,

I have a task of sorting 3120 pdf files into various folders depending on their topic. These are all research papers I have downloaded over the period of last 12 years. Was using a bilbiographic application to keep them in check, but after a decade, it failed. Now I have 3120 pdfs in One folder. These files relate to 6 different projects I work/worked on. I need to sort them to the respective folders so that I don't fiddle around the old files, those I need but don't use on day to day basis.

Sorting them on date is not a solution.

I use 'Everything' to search files on the drive. I used some keywords to 'filter' the files and sorted about 50%. Now I need to sort rest of the 50%. I will have to go through them one by one.

So the question is, is there any way that I can run a folder comparison utility and it spits out the UNCOMMON files in a new folder. Deduplicating applications delete the common files, and I want to separate uncommon files.

Anybody has a pointer? It may be very easy with the right utility, but as you see, I am not well versed with this.

Many thanks in advance.

A:Compare 2 folders, copy uncommon to a new folder

You could run a batch script; no software required.

What is your definition of a "common file"? Same filename? 1:1 binary duplicate?

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Hi, Please I really need help from someone,
I m using Vista basic 32 bit OS & facing a peculiar problem since last few months,
Whenever i try to copy/ Cut / paste /delete any folders/ files the process dialogue box showing progress of that command does not appear but the processes are executed successfully.
Kindly advice on this,
With regards, i m waiting for someone to solve the problem,
I m begging, Pleeeeeeeeease

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I`ve been using inCd4 by nero for quite sometime in my ibm laptop running w2k pro without any problems using an external(usb) dvdrw by nec (ND3500AG).My problem started when I bought a desktop running xp home and I started swapping my external dvdrw (nec) between the 2 system.I was not able to run inCd4 in Xp due to compatibility issues and I`ve already given up.Now in my laptop, whenever I send files and folders to inCd there is always an error which says "cannot copy files and folders an internal error occured".Just wondrin` what that error could be and just days ago I don`t have any problems with it. I will appreciate very much any suggestions or solutions about this issue.Thanks

A:cannot copy files and folders,internal error

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I have two hard drives, one for OS files the other for data files. For OS files I use Macrium to back up the drive. For data files I copy the contents of the drive onto an external hard drive. I firstly rename the folders on the external drive, e.g. from "Music" to "Music old", then I copy the Music" folder from my PC to the external hard drive. Then I delete "Music old". That's because my external drive has enough capacity for both "Music" and "Music old", and I don't want to wipe the backup disk until I've copied everything over just in case I lost the source data during the backup.

At least, that is what I always used to do until recently.

Recently I've run into a problem. When I try to copy "Music", I now get an error message saying "Music old already exists on whatever external disk, do I want to continue" then have the option of merging or not continuing. I don't want to merge the existing external drive folder, I want to make a second, newer copy of the original folder. And I'm not even copying a folder called "Music old" onto the external drive since the original that I'm backing up is called Music, and on the backup disk I want it to be called Music too. I've tried dragging and dropping, and right clicking, copying and pasting, but no luck. Am I missing an obvious step somewhere, have I misunderstood something really dumb about how to copy folders between drives, or is Windows doin... Read more

A:Can't copy folders to external disk drive because....

Sounds very odd. Did you figure this out?

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I posted this in the Vista section when I found that I could not right click on items(files or folders) in my windows browser. When I would the browser would lock up and give me the program is not responding message until I ended it with task manager. Last night while typing a post I hit backspace and it returned the browser to the previous viewed page.

Today I noticed that I not only could I not right click, but when I checked a file and hit delete it did the same thing. So I can't delete, copy and right click on files or folders.

The last thing I noticed is that I can't open up a program from the recently used section over the "start" button on the bottom left. I have to actually click on a file or go to the All Programs folders.

Here is what I posted in the Vista Section..... I can right click to copy and paste from Internet Explorer apparently.
I can't use right click without my computer locking up. If I click on a file I get a program not responding error and have to use Task Manager to shut it down. If I right click on start buttom or other places on the desktop, the computer just locks in "think mode".

Ran Malwarebytes Anti Malware.. nothing.

Ran CCleaner and it "fixed" what it found but nothing changed.

Any thoughts on what I can do here?

I was able to use right click to get this info. Nothing comes up for each field though??

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A:Can't right click, copy or delete files and folders

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Running Win 7 and have huge (57GB) photo/video folder.
copy(cntl-C) but I don't know what it does when it asks "what do I want for the 250 conflicts?"

I'm looking for a fast reliable way to copy/merge folders so only "new" or "updated" photos get transferred to my ext HDD.


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This must be very simple to you computer experts.
A friend left my country and returned to the States. But she left her pendrive behind. I call it pendrive but in many places they call it flashdrive. Same thing we are talking about I believe.
It contained only a small variety of country music that barely made a dent in her 8 GB flashdrive.
She apparently is no fan of classical music except for Chopin and other relaxing stuff. But she is curious.
I think that, if she begins to listen to some other classical music, of which I have a vast collection, she may begin to appreciate some. There are very many composers who have produced smoothing tracks like the ones she says she likes. Even J.S. Bach, whom she says she cannot bear.
I copied different tracks from different composers and put each composer in a folder + some important tracks of a few composers on another folder.
For instance, I put Bach (a small selection of works) in one folder, but opened another folder for Brandemburg concertos and another for major organ works.
In the case of Mozart there is one folder dedicated exclusively to his famous Requiem.
In all, I created 101 folders in the pendrive and filled it up. And 7.48 GB of music is a hell f a lot of music.
But I am a music fan and have a very extensive collection from which I chose some tracks and, depending on the composer, put those tracks in a folder which I named by the Composer's name.
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A:How to copy only the names of a list of folders containing files to txt or doc

You can use the dir command.dir $PATH /s >> "%userprofile%\Desktop\List.txtSwap the $PATH with the path of the folder with all the music (if it's a pendrive, the letter is fine, like E: or E:\Music) and then launch the command in the command prompt. This will output a list of all the folders, subfolders, files, etc. in a file called List.txt that will be created on your desktop. Example...
Le volume dans le lecteur C s'appelle Disque Local
Le num‚ro de s‚rie du volume est 2C58-824F

R‚pertoire de C:\Music

2016-10-14 14:52 <DIR> .
2016-10-14 14:52 <DIR> ..
2016-10-14 14:52 <DIR> Bach
2016-10-14 14:53 <DIR> EDM
2016-10-14 14:53 <DIR> Mozart
0 fichier(s) 0 octets

R‚pertoire de C:\Music\Bach

2016-10-14 14:52 <DIR> .
2016-10-14 14:52 <DIR> ..
2016-10-14 14:52 0 Track 1.txt
2016-10-14 14:52 0 Track 2.txt
2 fichier(s) 0 octets

R‚pertoire de C:\Music\EDM

2016-10-14 14:53 <DIR> .
2016-10-14 14:53 <DIR> ..
2016-10-14 14:53 <DIR> 2016 EDM Stuff
2016-10-14 14:53 0 Track 1.txt
1 fichier(s) 0 octets

R‚pertoire de C:\Music\EDM\2016 EDM Stuff

2016-10-14 14:53 <DIR> .
2016-10-14 14:53 <DI... Read more

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I'm copying folder A on external drive E to folder B on external drive K. Folder B is an older copy of folder A which I now want to update so that I have an identical copy of folder A on drive K. I'm calling the copy of folder A on drive K "folder B" just for simplicity. Folder A is 27 gigabytes, 121 folders, 4,000 files.

When I copy A to B the system copies just the new files and after awhile tells me that there are copies of the remaining files already in folder B so I click on cancel or skip remaining files. Then just to be sure I copy folder B back to folder A and it finds a couple hundred files that it says are not in folder A so it adds them then tells me the rest are already in A. So next I just want to be really sure they are both the same so copy folder A back to folder B again, but it starts copying another hundred files from A to B.

I have done this back and forth thing over 20 times till I got completely bored doing it and every single time it copys more files from B to A, then more files from A to B, then more files from B to A, then more files from A to B and on and on. If I look at the properties of both A and B they are identical, same number of bytes, files and folders. But the copy process never sees that they are identical. It will forever think there are some files in A that are not in B and that there are some files in B that are not in A no matter how many times I do this cross copying.

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A:Why doesn't the copy function ever know that 2 folders are identical?

Have a look at this. I think it will solve your problem. Much easier and a more elegant way of achieving what you are trying to do!
Download SyncToy 2.1 from Official Microsoft Download Centre

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Okay, here is a good question, maybe one that has been asked before but here it goes.

I like most people have an ext hard drive (multiple actually) and I update it weekly, monthly depending on which one, in this case my music. I do download alot of music and have been copying all of my Vinyl (big black diskshaped media used to play music and such with a record player) and my old tape collection (again a type of media that was used to play music or other media). Now when I copy the "My Music" folder to my ext. hard drive it tells me the usual song and dance such and such file already exists do you want to replace with this such and such file, click yes, yes to all or no. If I click yes to all just to put the new files in the folder it overwrites the existing files and sometimes and this is what really gets my teeth clinched and my heart rate to near explosive levels, the overwrite corrupts a song or two or who knows how many and I have to find that song again and reupload or download or copy from my aging music media (some of which I am suprised to get that one more play our of).

Now this is not just in my music but in all the folders / files I copy and back up. What I would like to know is, is there a way to copy a folder with new added files without overwriting the data that already exists? I am using Windows XP pro on a Dell Vostro 1000, I don't think the computer matters as this happens on my work computers too and other computers I have including my Mac.... Read more

A:copy folders with multiple files without overwriting

FWIW: I copy music, video, and other files...into folders where the same file or earlier file with same name exists...and I don't recall any instance of file corruption from such.

The obvious (IMO) answer is...either rename the file or copy it to a different folder.

Windows cannot allow 2 files with the same name...to coexist in the same folder, same file path. Such would lead to chaos for the system.

Thus the overwriting mechanism when a filename existing is added to a file location already occupied.


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I'm really struggling to find a solution to this. I have a music collection 260gb which has a mix of codec's mp3, flac, wav, mp4.

I need to pull out all the flac files and move them to a new drive keeping the original folder structures on the new drive, as they are by artist/album and I have way too many to do this manually..

It's driving me mad

Any thoughts?

Cheers Chris

A:Tool to copy files and folders to new location?

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I want to copy folders from an XP machine to a W7 machine. Is there a way to do that and keep the original folder dates? I copied a folder that had many sub-folders. The individual files maintained their original dates but the sub-folders did not - they all had the date of the move.

As it easier for me to find things based upon the date order in which I added them, it would be most helpful to maintain the sub-folders original dates. Is there a way to do that? If there is a way, should I use XP to copy to the W7 machine or use W7 to copy from the XP machine?

Thank you.

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Hi, so i decided to use a background image for my flash drive..and i even went all out and am even using a custom icon...i know....lame. But it serves a awesome purpose when i have a ton of other drives to distiuish from.

Any ways...i want to copy my custom desktop.ini file and background image to all of my folders that i have on my flash drive...several hundred. So needless to say i dont want to to this one by one to each folder.

Any ideas or a simple program that will copy files to all selected folders?

Thanks for reading.

A:easily copy files to multiple folders

You should be able to create a for loop with a batch file to recursively copy to a destination.
FOR /F %%A IN ('dir f:\ /b /ad /s') DO (
copy /y X:\path\desktop.ini %%A
copy /y X:\path\somepic.jpg %%A


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