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Robocopy copies same files again and again.

Q: Robocopy copies same files again and again.


I'm new to using robocopy but I have used it for awhile with a couple of external drives to keep them in sync but using a simple command like:

robocopy g: f: /E /R:2

this copies everything from the g: drive to the f: drive including empty directories and tries 2 times for failures.

On my desktop which is a XP Pro machine as well, I've installed the Windows Resource Kit Tool which includes robocopy and am trying to do a similar thing to copy my "My Documents" directory on my c: drive to my k: drive which is an external drive on my mionet network. The copy does work fine but each time I run the robocopy command, a large number of the files get copied even though they haven't changed. I'm sure that I'm just missing something but I've tried adding things to the command line to not copy older files. Here's something that I have tried:

robocopy "C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\My Documents" "K:\ImageThat\My Documents" /E /R:2 /XO /A-:A

each time that I execute this command, I get about 800 files that get copied and I don't understand why. Anyone see anything that I'm missing, or perhaps the way that I am understanding how robocopy works is the problem.

thanks in advance!

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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (x64)C:\Windows\System32\Robocopy.exe (version
I created a script to copy backups of entire disc partitions from an internal hard drive to an external, removable hard drive. Both the source and destination drives are NFTS. When I run the script on an incremental backup of size 1.5 GB or less, the copy is successful. When I run the script on a full backup of size 10.0 GB or greater, the result is a corrupted file; and Robocopy does not terminate. It must be manually terminated via the Task Manager. Yes, there is more than sufficient space on the external, removable hard drive to hold the copy. The switches on Robocopy in my script are:/COPY:DT /V /NP /R:10 /W:30Am I doing this wrong? If not, is there a fix?

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I have setup a bat file to copy my files to the linkstation. As Below:

Robocopy "C:\Users\User\Documents\Janine" "B:\Documents\Janine" /MIR /E /SEC

But when it gets to certain files it says access denied. How do I get it to copy these files with permissions...

A:How to Robocopy my files to Linkstation.


Which file is causing issues?

Try this:

Robocopy C:\Users\User\Documents\Janine B:\Documents\Janine /MIR /E /COPYALL

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Robocopy logfile will show the count of "skipped" files, but there seems to be no way to find out
which files are skipped.  The /v switch is supposed to log the skipped files.  But all files are logged--which would be the skipped ones?  According to Doc Robocopy: http://mclaveau.com/gvrac/robo.html The text tag would be lowercase. 
This may be very difficult to search for in a list of 100K files, since there are many tags.
But in my case I used the /v switch, there is 1 skipped directory, and the destination is new--so all tags I believe would be
New File or New Dir.  I cannot find the string
new in the logfile.  Is this what I should be looking for?  Please note, I am not asking how to avoid skipped files, only how to find their names.
This is my command line (Windows 10x64 Home):
C:\>robocopy c:\windows.reinstalled e:\windows.reinstalled /copyall /b /mir /xj /sl /sec /log:robout.txt /tee /w:1 /r:1 /np /v

If it is any help, the options as interpreted by the logfile are:
*.* /V /TEE /S /E /DCOPY:DA /COPY:DATS /PURGE /MIR /B /NP /XJ /R /R:1 /W:1

The goal is to make an exact copy of the windows directory and the only reason I can see that would deter Robocopy from copying a file or directory would be ERROR 32 "file in use" (which doesn't occur, since I renamed the Windows directory, and
the destination directory new) so I am curious why there would be any skipped files or directories at all.  But th... Read more

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The default copy switch of robocopy is /COPYAT if you don't specify any copy options. This is the code I'm using:

robocopy C:\ D:\Backup RAMDisk.img /copyall /R:5 /W:15 /V /log:\Users\Kevin\Desktop\robocopy_log.txt

The RAMDisk.img file that I'm copying is a compressed image file. Now with that syntax /COPYAT will be used which means that it will copy all attributes of that file. Whenever I run this, I successfully copy the file but it doesn't retain the compression attribute of that file.

What could be wrong with this? Both source and destination are NTFS-formatted.

A:Backing up files using Robocopy

Although compression is indicated via a file's attributes, I'm not sure if that particular property actually transfers with the copy, even with Robocopy. If you copy to a compressed folder (folder and contents) then I would think the copy would be compressed. And if that folder is not compreesed, files that are placed there will be uncompressed (even if you are copying a compressed file to that location).

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Is there a robocopy script that will allow me to overwrite files 2 days old AND OLDER, but leave files modified yesterday and today alone?

Long version:
I was called into a school district that suffered a crypto virus attack.  We were able to take servers offline fairly quickly, and inoculate the infected computers, so my guess is that we only lost ~20% of the files in shares... problem is that the files
are random and everywhere on the shares.  To make things a little more interesting; the techs put the shares back online after the viruses were removed so teachers could continue using their shares.
Anything 2 days old or older can be overwritten as it is either unchanged, or encrypted.  But I can't overwrite anything newer as those are files currently in use.

As always, any help is greatly appreciated!

A:robocopy older files only

So I was not able to find a way to copy over only older files.  Instead I made a copy of the backup files, and then copied the new files to it; then I copied that over the old files.  This effectively over-wrote all of the encrypted files while keeping
the good new content in tact.
What happened:
So it turned out that one of our younger techs was giving local admin rights to teachers.  One of these teachers took their laptops home over spring break and was doing something 'not school related' on it, which caught the virus.  Then, when he connected
to the network the virus went to town encrypting stuff.
Ironically, there were several things that should have prevented this.  First, the computer was an Apple laptop with a Windows VM, and it was the VM that was infected.  Had he just used the apple side of the device for his 'extracurricular activities'
this would not have been an issue.  Then he knew his laptop was infected, and continued using it on the network rather than bringing it to IT to fix.  Also, the antivirus on the Windows VM caught the virus and (because he had local admin rights)
he clicked through to install the virus anyways! Gaah!
Once the infected laptop was on the network, the next round of issues came up: Namely, that whoever set up the shares originally took the lazy man's way of doing permissions and set 'everyone' to have full read-write access to everything.  This allowed
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Our Windows 7 backup machine uses robocopy to differentially refresh a file server backup each evening. Unfortunately, users use Microsoft Outlook with PST files, which are locked by Outlook. I often noticed that when users had not closed Outlook by the
time the backup reached their PST file, robocopy failed to update the file.
I thought that was a non-issue since such cases only happen to about 2 users each day, but I had the surprise to discover that when robocopy fails to update, it deletes the outdated files (/MIR implies /purge).
Do others get the same result? If so, can this be avoided? I did not find any option to ignore locked files in the documentation. I suppose this would not happen without /purge, but /purge is somewhat necessary (a simple directory rename could otherwise
largely inflate space usage).

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Hello all,

I need to robocopy many files which starts with the same name for Example (Ari, Arit, Ariel, Arik, Aris)
I tried robocopy source_file\ari*.* destination_file\ari*.* however it is nto working do someone can help with that.

Thanks Orfi

A:how to robocopy files with similar names


Your syntax is a bit out. Try this:

robocopy E:\Test\ Ari* F:\Test\ /e /mir

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Hi. I have 2 folders with .mp3 files in it.
Folder 1 contains .mp3 files.
Folder 2 contains only a few of those files that are in Folder 1.
But the files in Folder 2 are damaged.
I want to copy files again from Folder 1 to Folder 2 and ignore files that exists in Folder 1 but not in Folder 2 and replace files in Folder 2 with files from Folder 1
This is the command I used.
robocopy "G:\music\(2009) Billboard Top 100 of 2009" "F:\Fav (Album wise)\==(2009) Billboard Top 100 of 2009" /XL
But this is the result. Nothing get copied. 
ROBOCOPY :: Robust File Copy for Windows


Started : Sun Mar 25 21:51:30 2018

Source : G:\music\(2009) Billboard Top 100 of 2009\
Dest : F:\Fav (Album wise)\==(2009) Billboard Top 100 of 2009\

Files : *.*

Options : *.* /COPY:DAT /XL /R:1000000 /W:30


73 G:\music\(2009) Billboard Top 100 of 2009\


Total Copied Skipped Mismatch FAILED Extras
Dirs : 1 0 1 0 0 0
Files : 73 0 73 0 0 0
Bytes : 447.62 ... Read more

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I have a standard Windows 10 build and I'm using robocopy to backup my data to an external drive. The goal is just to capture all my data so if the PC fails/gets stolen etc. I can restore my data on to another PC.

I'm doing a backup of c:\users\ as this seems to capture all my data. Are there any other folders you think I should backup?

I've excluded the 'AppData' folder as this seems to have a lot of stuff which is not data. Is that OK or do you think that should be backed up? Are there any other folders you think I should skip?

Thank you very much for your comments.

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I've just re-organised my hard drives and I've set up a batch routine to backup my files, using Robocopy.

However, as I swapped my drives around, I've copied in the wrong direction. Robocopy has consequently deleted entire folders of important data.

The data isn't in the recycle bin.

What should I do to try and recover the data?


A:Used Robocopy and deleted my files - how can I recover them?

Is the partition unharmed and still visible in Explorer and Windows Disk Managment?

If it's unharmed, I'd consider PhotoRec or Recuva to recover the files. Both are free.

Ontrack Easy Recovery Professional is also said to be excellent, but I think you ultimately have to pay. Maybe $79?? It will show you the files it can recover, but won't let you actually recover them until you pay.

I'm assuming Robocopy doesn't have any type of "undo" capability.

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Hi, I just started using Robocopy to backup my files to my JBOD recently and I noticed that it does not copy anything in My Document folder. Here is the result log for Robocopy regarding the backup.


Total Copied Skipped Mismatch FAILED Extras
Dirs : 4287 0 4287 0 0 0
Files : 34164 22831 11333 0 0 0
Bytes : 107.783 g 90.408 g 17.375 g 0 0 0
Times : 20:32:46 2:02:26 0:00:00 0:15:26

Ended : Mon Sep 08 02:58:21 2014


Even though it says that it copied 22831 files the destination folder says it has not been modified at all.

The strange thing is that when I was checking back on the progress in the cmd window, it showed that it was copying files. The problem is I have no idea where those files went, the files that were supposedly copied aren't there at all. Here is the script I used to back up my files.

robocopy F:\Anime G:\Anime /mir /copyall /np /tee /mt /log:"C:\Users\C.C\Desktop\my_backup_log.txt"

robocopy "E:\Disk Backups" "G:\Disk Backups" /mir /copyall /np /tee /mt /log+:"C:\Users\C.C\Desktop\my_backup_log.txt"

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A:Robocopy not copying My Document files

CC mate I don't understand the Robocopy stuff and personally I use the Macrium for back up / imaging it is free and so easy to use.
Just a suggestion to get you out of strife
Imaging with free Macrium

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I'm using robocopy (ver XP010) on a Windows XP laptop to copy user files to another drive for backup.

robocopy "c:\my documents" "Z:\myname\my documents" /XO /M /ZB /E /MIR /log:c:mylog.txt /TEE

It creates all of the directories and subdirectories but doesn't copy any of the files. The log shows no errors - total dirs 162 copies 162, total files 1458 skipped 1458.

To minimize variables I tried using a new usb external NTFS hard drive (Z) but it still skips all of the files. I've verified the permissions and owership of the files and everthing seems in order. The problem is limited to this computer, the other computers in the group are OK. Any suggestions?

I just found out that 2 of the 6 computers in this group fail so I will be compairing files and permissions etc. to see what the two failed ones have in common against the working ones.

A:Solved: Robocopy skips all files

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Hi all
I have just found Robocopy and it seems the perfect tool for what I am trying to do....
I make an incremental Backup on one of my PC's (Called Server-PC) every day using AOMEI backupper and I want to mirror that folder on my main PC I have been fiddling with Robocopy for hours now have Googled everything I can think of and can't find out what I am doing wrong.

First of all I Mapped my E:\ drive on My Main PC onto my Server-PC and called it Z:
Using this script --- robocopy "D:\AOMEI" "Z\ServerDriveCopy" /R:5 /s /purge /COPYALL as a test I Get
Source : D:AOMEI\
Destination : C:\Users\mike\Desktop\Z\ServerDriveCopy\

It starts and then says "There is not enough space on the disk" There is still 700gb empty on the disk! I have checked if Quota's have been enabled and they haven't so can't work this out!

I just found out there is a GUI for Robocopy so I tried that and made a slightly different script:
robocopy "D:\AOMEI" "Z:\ServerDriveCopy" /MIR /S /V /NP /Z /R:10 /W:30 (The only difference is the colon after Z !
and that goes MAD keeps repeating in the cmd window forever but no error message and no files get copied.

So I tried it without using the mapped drive which gives me :
robocopy "D:\AOMEI" "\\Main\e\ServerDriveCopy"
and that says "Access Denied" !
I can drag and drop files in explorer OK so I am stumped.

If any one can help I would be very grateful

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
This tutorial says that the /MIR flag may cause Robocopy to delete files on the Source:
Is that true? If it is true, presumably the same warning should apply to the /PURGE option?
Here's the relevant quote from that article:

Use the /MIR option with caution - it has the ability to delete a file from both the source and destination under certain conditions.
This typically occurs if a file/folder in the destination has been deleted, causing ROBOCOPY to mirror the source to the destination. The result is that the same files in the source folder are also deleted. To avoid this situation, never delete any files/folders
from the destination - delete them from the source, and then run the backup to mirror the destination to the source.
If in doubt, do not use the /MIR option, but be aware that backups will take longer.

I want to use Robocopy to do regular backups about 400 GB of media files. I want the external HD to replicate what's in my media folder on the internal HD. So, anything changed or added to the Source should be copied to the Destination, anything deleted
from Source should be deleted from Destination. I do not want Robocopy to delete anything from Source.
The backup will be run every few days, as media files on Source may be edited, added, deleted by me.

A:Robocopy: can MIR or PURGE delete files from Source ?

According to the documentation and some simple tests I ran today, the /MIR option does not erase anything from the source.  The tutorial mentioned above is just flat wrong.  Here's the truth, arrived at by typing "robocopy /?" at a command prompt:
 /MIR :: MIRror a directory tree (equivalent to /E plus /PURGE)
And further:
 /E :: copy subdirectories, including Empty ones.
/PURGE :: delete dest files/dirs that no longer exist in source.
Don't take my word for it.  Sometimes these options change with different versions.  The only way to know for sure is to read the help, create your command, and do some tests.

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Hi, we are migrating a very large amount of data and we are using robocopy. Everything seems to work fine but now we find  thousands of files having the time stamp reset to 1-1-1980.
After many many tests we now sure the the /B switch is causing this issue (in our case).

But we MUST use the /B switch. Otherwise we will have big problems with access denied errors. to user data.
Now my question is how to solve this issue and keep using the /B switch.
The cmd line we are using is:
robocopy "%source%" "%target%" /MIR /NODCOPY /COPY:DAT /DCOPY:T /r:0 /w:0 /mt:32 /tee /v /fft /np /TIMFIX /xa:sh /xd $RECYCLE.BIN /log+:x:\mylogs\copylog.log
Please help!!!!


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   I just run the robocopy with /purge  yesterday and connect few users to destination server. 
/PURGE :: delete dest files/dirs that no longer exist in source.
 i didn't realize the above and run again , thought of command will copy any changes to Destination.

 Now how do restore the delete files?
Also how do i run just to copy anything has changed in Source without deleting?

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Last week I used a robocopy tutorial on this site to create a backup script, and it was working fine. Today I tried to run this script, inputting new destination information but leaving everything else the same, and now it is copying all of the folders, but none of the files.

It counts a total of 509 Dirs but 0 files--no skipped, no mismatch, no failed.

My syntax/options are as follows:
robocopy "source folder" "destination folder" /E /tee /log.Public_backup log.txt
robocopy "source folder" "destination folder" /E /tee /log.Training_backup log.txt

Does anyone see what might be causing this problem or have suggestions?

The source folder is directory:\folder and the destination folder is directory:\folder\subfolder\subfolder, if that matters.

A:Issue with Robocopy only copying folders, not files, in Windows 7

It should default to all files (*.*), but you could put the *.* in the command to see if it makes a difference.
robocopy "source folder" "destination folder" *.* /E /tee /log.Public_backup log.txt

If that doesn't work can you post the actual commands you are using, with the real folder names ?

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Started using robocopy to do my backups. In my command lines, i can specify directories on a external drive to backup to.Some directories show up and i see everything. My most important directory " my documents" DOESNT SHOW UP. I have confirmed a backup is occuring, via log file and properties on the backup folder. I edited it down to a backup of only that folder. Log file shows good, external drive shows the "backup" root directory and properties ( size, number of files) match log file. Open up the backup folder, NOTHING LISTED. I have to run the script as adminstrator , my user is admin also, but if i run it as myself, it cant access the folder. I think im dealing with a right issue, i have edited security on the external drive, even reformatted it , still nothing shows up.

A:Robocopy / view backed up files on external drive


Please provide system specifications as per tutorial - this make it so much easier to help.


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I want to copy the contents of pen drive to E drive. The pendrive drive is F. Now i want all the folders and files to have the same date it was as in the pen drive, when i stored .
Normally when i copy, all the files retain original date but folders get todate. Meaning less if date specific creation of folder is needed.
I heard that robocopy feature in command would give me a way to it. Reading in microsoft or in other forums, including in this forum would not solve my problem. as it is total technical in nature of using switches in command.
My specific need is date of the folders and folder in the pendrive F to be copied to E: in one new folder, say Eendrive copy .
Dcopy is one of the sub command. I want total command for this . There may be experts in this commands. Please let me know , how to accomplish this. The command help of microsoft only know to the tech experts, who knows all /\ switches. As a newbie to this subject, i do not know how to issue the command prompt command.

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My code is as follows:

XCOPY c:\sourcedirectory\*.* "C:\users\my documents" /d
This is supposed to copy only the newer files from "sourcedirectory" to "my documents".
The result is that it copies all the files.  It does this repeatedly, every time I run the script.  This did not happen in Windows XP, but it does in Windows 7.  The specs for XCOPY in Windows 7 say that this should not be happening.  Both
systems get their time setting from the internet, and the times are exactly the same as far as I can measure.  Both systems are on daylight savings time.
What gives?

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HI, I have 2 directories on 2 different win 7 boxes. I need to copy every single new file or directory from source to destination without deleteing any file or directory in the destination that does not exist in the source, is it possible? if yes what are
the needed switches to acheive this?

Thanks in advance

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After installing the convenience rollup KB3125574, robocopy is copying files considering also the creation date of the file. So, when the file exists in the source and in the destination, it will be copied when the modified date is more recent or when the
creation date is more recent. In windows 7 without KB3125574 and in Windows 10 only the last modified date is considered.
Is there a hotfix for this bug?

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I just had a look at one of my folders and there is a copy of almost each file in that folder!
For example I have a file named Picture.jpg and there is a copy right next to it called Picture - copy.jpg!
Apparently it happened 2 hours ago!
What could be the cause of this? Could it be an infection? I am a little worried now...
I'm not even sure what more information to say...
Here is a picture

 filecopies.jpg   6.03KB
And here's a picture of the properties of the original file and the copy.
The one on the left is the original and the one on the right is the copy:

 filecopiesprop.jpg   187.36KB
I have Windows Vista 32-bit
EDIT: I uploaded one of the original files and one of the copied to VirusTotal and they both have the EXACT MD5, SHA1, SHA256 and ssdeep... Although I have NO IDEA what that means! I would think that that meant they were exactly the same...

A:Copies Of My Files...?

The usual cause of this is accidental drag or highlighted files of the same folder. This has happen to me a couple of times in the past when trying to move or copy files on a different directory.

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Copies of files (ie copy(1), copy(2), etc, keep appeariing when trying to delete more than one file at a time. The only way I could get rid of them in bulk was to highlight and drag them into the trash bin.

Why do the copies keep appearing?

A:Copies of files keep appearing

Are you sure your not clicking the Create A Shortcut option instead of Delete? Ive done it before its easy to do by mistake.

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Now this first occurred about two months ago, and it certainly happened because I was trying to find the new episode of a TV show online(stupid I know, but I've done that many times before, I thought I got this). After visiting a few of those sites, I gave up, and went on to play a game. In about 10 minutes though, my computer started showing a box in the top left that said my files were being copied and as soon as I saw that I turned my computer off and tried to think of what to do next. I turned it on and off a few times(the virus never started copying files immediately, so I had time to act on stoping it, and I always turned my computer off as soon as I saw the "copying files" box). At first the virus had turned off my firewall and did several other things that disrupted my computer's protection(for example some of Avira's protection no longer worked and couldn't be turned on). I turned on my firewall back on and installed AVG on my computer, and also made a scan of it. Avira started working properly again after I installed AVG.
At first I was wary off leaving my computer alone, and I never let it out of sight even for a second, sometimes staying on it for hours without leaving, just to make sure the copying files box would no longer show. I turned it off when I wasn't around. In a week I was already sure whatever was there was probably eliminated by AVG because I never saw the "copying files" box ever again.
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A:A virus that copies my files!!

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but I have lots of files(around 300GB) that I just can't part with. Some programs as well, that I don't want to delete... I've nowhere else to put those files

What would you do if your computer crashed? It's happened to me.

You need to have some way of backing up your files; cloud storage, external hard drive, etc.


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My PC configuration
Intel celeron 667
128 MB RAM
Mother board - Intel chipset 810 (PC Partner)

When i start installing windows 98 se. Scaning takes place which occurs very fast and after that when setup starts to copy files for setup to began it happens very slowly (it taks more than 45 min..) to copy these files.

I checked my hard disk for bad sectors.. using chkdsk, scandisk and there no bad sectors. when i copy files from dos using xcopy it works very fast. Even dir/s command work very fast.

Can anybody tell me which part of my PC is causing file copy in windows setup to get slow.

A:HDD copies files slowly

get over it Windows 98, even SE is gone get a new op system. XP is cheap and will be supported for a very few more years.

Good luck

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I'm trying to delete multiple files in a folder using the ctrl key and windows keeps making copies of the files. Is there a way to delete these files without the copies being made?

A:copies of deleted files

Howdy Richard Jewell and Welcome to TSF,

There are some programs that can delete hard to delete files like Hijackthis or the below program,
Note though are you trying to delete files out of the Windows folder?

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I am backing up my Win7 files in my backup-yes folder to an external hard drive Z: with a simple DOS batch program containing the command

xcopy backup-yes\*.* z:backup-yes\*.* /m /s

This copies all files from folder backup-yes and its subdirectories (/s) that have the "archive" attribute set (/m) to the backup drive Z:

So far so good. However, when files are removed on the source backup-yes, they will remain on the Z: drive. That's still desirable because it permits the retrieval of files that have been accidentally removed from the source.

The problem: Z: is not a true representation of the source because it contains previously deleted files which will be resurrected if the source is ever going to be restored from Z:

So once in a while one should remove all files on Z: that do not have a counterpart on the source. How can that be done?


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I have a file I copied from another hard disk that is 15 folders deep in the file structure. Every time I get one of these deep directory structures, I can't delete it without formatting the drive.

Short of editing the disk directly or formatting, how can I get rid of these files?

A:Windows copies files it can't delete later

Is it possible that the total path would exceed 260 characters? If so, try renaming some of the folders with just a single letter.
More info here:http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=320081

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Does anybody know why do I get numbered copies of the same file (PDF or Doc), especially number (1) in my computer? These are files that I use and do not use. It is not all over the place, but exists.
I open a folder, and I see:



My computer does not seem to be infected by a virus. It works perfectly. How do I solve this issue? Thanks.

A:Why do I see numbered copies of a few files in my computer?

Usually that occurs when you save a file under the same file name 2 times. For instance, some programs will allow you to save a file under the same file name as one that already exists, but will tack a 1 or 2 onto it depending on the number of files already in place. This is a copy of the exact file already in place, but since it is a duplicate the 1 will be added.

You can replicate this by d/l ing a program 2X and it will end up in whatever folder you sent it to, but will be listed as program.exe, program.exe(1)

I would guess that Adobe is making back ups automatically every time you access a file or on a regular basis. Check the settings & see if you can turn off the auto backup. I am not particularly familiar with PDF reader so you may need to consult Google to find the way to access the settings.

Also, anytime you notice any strange behavior, it would be a good idea to d/l & run Malwarebytes to be sure your system is clean. The free version will work fine. Install, run a full system scan & quarantine anything it finds.

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In XP, the SendTo menu copies the file to the destination instead of moving it. For instance, if I right-click a file and click SendTo > My Documents it will copy the file to My Documents and leave the original where it is. This didn't happen in Win98. Is there a fix?


A:SendTo copies files instead of moving them

Just right click on the item and click cut then go to the directory ie My Documents and right click and hit paste.

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Whenever I try to move any file or folder to another place other than the recycle bin, the file is copied, making me have to delete the original. I'm not sure what is causing this, so I hoped I could get some help here.

A:Vista copies files when I want to move them

Hello Ramsey, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You would want to use Cut and Paste instead to move the file. You might also be interested in the tutorial below. It will add Copy to Folder and Move to Folder to the context menu to make this a lot easier for you do.


Hope this helps,

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In Windows 7 Windows explorer the directories "\documents and settings" and "\Users" , are the same size, appear to reside on 2 different places on the disk and are mirror copies of each other. If I rename a file in a \documents and settings directory it also renames the file it in the \Users directory. It seems my large music library is taking up twice the room it should. Can someone shed some light on my confusion?

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wife's win 7 laptop has c: drive almost completely full. we are deleting files mostly pictures that appear from FB & e-mails & web that she saved. as we delete them we find them again in another folder or even in the same one. what gives?

A:trying to delete files & copies keep getting made?

There are a few ways to delete a file. 1- Right Click the file and select delete. 2- Left Click once on the file to highlight and hit delete on the keyboard. 3- Left Click once on the file to highlight, hold the Shift key down and hit the delete key to permanently delete the file from your system. There are a number of programs that delete files as well. How are you deleting your files?

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I have a virtualbox running on my Ubuntu Server 13.10. My goal is to run virtual machines on HDD, while every other stuff is running on SSD. Because the CD/DVD drive wont work on the server (noidea why), I had to install W8.1 in Virtualbox on my own computer. After successfull installation, I transferred the .vhd file to the server (HDD) and created a new virtualmachine from Ubuntu Server / phpVirtualbox using the .vhd file I just transferred.
But now the W8.1 running on the server's HDD complains that it is not activated. I tried to activate it using the key card from the box, but it says that the code is not valid.
Yes, the first time I installed W8.1 on Virtualbox on my own computer, I entered the activation code successfully.
So I can't make copies from activated .vhd files?

A:I can't make copies from activated .vhd files?

Heh, nevermind. I called to an automated speech support where I had to enter a long, LONG series of numbers and then it gave me a new activation code. I was like "whaaat?" but then it started working... Don't really know what happened

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Here ya go, I download to specified directory, My Documents/My Pictures for pictures and My Documents/My Music for Music files ok so far. But lately in shared, owner and C:\Documents and Settings with the above already directories I see I know have three copies of any pix, music or doc i recently downloaded? So, how can i stop this multiple copying and storing in Windows Xp?

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Ive been having this problem for ages now , and i gave up on the computer and started using my spare , but now that the spare fried i dont have a working system , I'll post a hijackthis log below , and il check up and update on my topic as quickly as possible , i can still use the computer, but the spyware keeps launching firefox windows , and pop-ups and just plain slows everything down.. I really hope someone here can help me out.. A picture of the issue is bellow along with my hijack this log , il be working a 12 hour shift tonight , but will respond as soon as i get in.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 1:26:43 AM, on 9/19/2008Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2600.0000)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXPPS.EXEc:\xampp\apache\bin\apache.exec:\xampp\mysql\bin\mysqld-nt.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\xampp\apache\bin\apache.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Jav... Read more

A:Windows Is Making Copies Of Your Files? -- Ugh , Problem.

Any help or tips would be appreciated..

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Even files that have not changed are being reproduced each hour, this is really a big problem for me.
I am running windows 10, have all the latest updates installed so do not understand why this is happening.
Please help, or i shall have to turn this very good feature off.
It would seem that there are hundreds of others with the same problem.

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Today when I re-started my system Chkdsk was run on the re-boot, a little odd as I had not had any problems. Once the machine re-started I found I had lost all my spread sheets from the "My documents" folder and that I had thousands of files of the form filename.ext~abcdfg. What has caused this and how do I get rid of all these files?.
At the moment I'm going through all my directories deleting them manually - but there are 100's of them.
Any suggestions?
Dave Hickman

A:disk check has created 1000's of copies of my files

Deleting mass files ending in specific characters

See the above thread for a very similar problem and how to solve it.

In a nutshell: download and run the Everything search engine on that drive, enter a likely search term in the search box, sort the results (probably using the "path" column), identify the duplicates in the sorted results, highlight them with the mouse, hit delete key. Each time you hit the delete key, the highlighted files will be deleted and you will be shown the sort for the remaining files. Use whatever search term the offending files have in common.

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This is my first complain thread, everything else I love about Windows 7. The look, the performance, the compatibility, etc. However, numerous people have said that copying files takes much longer and it's true from what I am seeing. I wanted to copy 4gb of information on a UBB and it took more than one hour. Before, it was probably under the 30 minute mark. I don't know if this problem occurs when copying and moving files that are already on the computer but it surely takes really long when copying things from external storage devices.

Do many of you experience the same issues?

Do you think this is an easy fix for Microsoft?

When do you think this problem will be solved?

EDIT: From the replies this topic has been getting, it seems that people using Nehalem are the only ones that got performance gains.

A:Let's face it: Windows 7 copies files slower than Vista

Send them feedback on it so they will fix it by the time 7 is finalized.

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I got an external hard drive, more memory and internal HD for my old computer so am trying to download files to the external hd, but my system starts making copies as fast as I delete so now there are as many as 47 of some files. I compressed
e-mails, then tried copy and paste, but I'm obviously doing it wrong.

A:Multiple copies of documents being made when I try to move files

Welcome to TSG
Since sometimes I had the same problem, seeing your post made me look for an answer and this is what I found, please look here:

I couldn't find anything else related to that question.

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My windows 7 became corrupted for some reason along withmany files that were on the C:\Desktop area. It was so bad I couldn't open any of the files or do any copying.

I had a empty D partition on the computer and installed anew windows 7 on it. After this Istarted using the new windows and everything seemed to work fine and I couldeven access the files on the the other drive(where the corrupted windows is andits desktop area). I notice that I canuse most of the files however some do not work and cause my current windows torun very slowly if I copy them.

Today when starting windows there was a message, somethinglike -some file is corrupted, please create a backup otherwise you may looseall data.

1. Is this caused bythe corrupted files on the old windows drive and should i delete/format thedrive?

2. can corrupted files/the old corrupted windows corrupt my newwindows installation i.e. might formatting the d drive not be enough since mynew installation has become corrupted?

3. I managed to copypart of the corrupted files to my current windows drive. When windows copies a corrupted file and itworks partially, is it safe to keep and us, or is the copied version also corrupted and itmight affect my current windows, in which case should I delete it?


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I am posting a chat session below that I just had with MS support regarding this issue and welcome feedback as to whether or not I am being unreasonable in pursuit of a solution. Thank you.

Chat session is as follows:
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Jam M
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Jam M Hi, thanks for visiting Answer Desk! I'm Jam M.
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Me Hi
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Jam M Hi there! May I have your name please?
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Me Greg
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Jam M How are you, Greg? I hope that you are feeling great today!
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Me I am using file history in Win 10 and it is making multiple copies of music and pictures even though they have not been changed\
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Jam M Thank you for sharing your concern with us, Greg. I understand how imp... Read more

A:File History makes multi copies of media files

The "standard" call. Perhaps if you had used the term "incremental backup" it might have rung a bell. Instead of $149, buy a 3rd party backup ap that will work properly and cost a lot less.

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I just downloaded all of the Google Web Fonts and they were each downloaded into their respected folders, so instead of clicking on folder after folder and right clicking after right clicking and finally installing each and every font;

How can I create a command prompt (batch) file so the prompt can search the main folder where all the font folders are, grab any and all TrueType Font files and move or copy them into another single folder?

A:Custom batch file that copies font files to another folder?

It seems like it would be easier to search by the TTF file extension.

Copy the results where you want them.

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Hi there, this is my first post in a forum of any kind. I made the mistake of letting my daughter borrow my laptop over the weekend & it came back with several problems. First, when I turned it on & opened up the Firefox browser, it kept on successfully loading new pages of strange sites, anything from construction company's to tennis shoes. I noticed that she'd installed yahoo msgr but other than that I didn't see any new programs installed. When shutting down Firefox, a box popped up asking if I wanted to clear history which seems harmless but again, another new item I'd not seen before.

Then it got worse when I opened up Explorer. This browser also started a new page but kept going to what said a Microsoft site but didn't look legit & began trying to download a program for a freesafescan (AVG found the virus called fake alert) or something to that effect. It was trying to scan all the folders of my computer & was nearly impossible to get stopped & shutdown. Additionally, when spybot popped up asking if I wanted to accept or deny a change that was pure gobbledygeek to me, it would not let me choose deny. I kept trying to X out of everything & it wouldn't let me & ultimately the entire screen went black & the computer shut down & restarted itself.

I have never experienced something like this before & I'm an avid antivirus & maintenence user. I always update & use the most current versions of AVG, CCleaner, AdAware, S... Read more

A:Malwarebyte's found 20 malicious files including several copies of Trojan.Vundo

I wanted to add a few more details to my dilemma. Upon finding it this way & running the various anti virus & spy programs I also tried to do a system restore & it would not let me go back to a date any earlier than 3 days prior. I couldn't change months or anything & only that day & 3 days prior were bold. I did try to restore to the earliest date but without any success. Please let me know what I can do to get rid of these terrible bugs! Thanks a bunch!!! Lydia

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