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Topic # 108823 6-Sep-2012 12:29 Send private message

Hi,

I know pretty much nothing about scripting and have a need for a small script to move some files and folders for a client.

This is what they want to do:

They have a lot of clients that have had data archived and they want to move a folder called FS, and any files or folders in it, to another location.

Current location:
D:\Archiving\Clients\????\FS

The ???? is a four digit client number ranging from about 1200 to 9999 but not every number is used.

They want to move the FS folder, and any files in it, to:
D:\Data\Clients\????\Retain\

EG: D:\archiving\clients\1203\FS needs to move to D:\data\clients\1203\Retain\

Can anybody help with this?

Thanks!







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  Reply # 682250 6-Sep-2012 12:33 Send private message

Google for "robocopy"

Or you could use xcopy, if you are a masochist.



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  Reply # 682257 6-Sep-2012 12:40 Send private message

I've used robocopy a bit, will it do what we want with the different folder names for the client number?




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  Reply # 682260 6-Sep-2012 12:41 Send private message

should do with a recursive copy, yeah

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  Reply # 682265 6-Sep-2012 12:43 Send private message

Oh, I see where you're going; the folder structure is different...

1. See if the requirement can be relaxed to make life simpler
2. if not, You'll probably need to use a FOR loop and create the folders in your script before copying from the source to destination folder

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  Reply # 682329 6-Sep-2012 13:42 Send private message


I use Terracopy works great for all my needs.. beefs up windows
crappy copy gui... with pause and status and space checking
and copy over and skip dups etc

use it on xp and win 7

copies to nas boxes as well

but for slow connections or wifi theres duracopy as well but
I find terrcopy is much better to use once tweak the settings



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  Reply # 682767 7-Sep-2012 12:14 Send private message

So nobody got any ideas on a script to do this?

Those programs are all great but they don't have an easy way of doing what I need to do.




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  Reply # 682813 7-Sep-2012 14:14 Send private message

It's unlikely anyone is going to write you a custom script to do something like that for free, particularly given that you clearly want it for a business client of yours.


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  Reply # 682815 7-Sep-2012 14:18 Send private message

A CMD script with a FOR loop, and a simple xcopy or robocopy command will do it, and fairly simply.  A quick google will get you the info you need to write such a script... teach a man how to fish, and all that.  If you don't learn how it works how are you going to support it if it goes awry or the requirements change?

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  Reply # 682816 7-Sep-2012 14:19 Send private message

I agree with Lias, feels like you're being a little lazy here - especially if this is for paid work for a client of yours.

But anyway, this should point you in the right direction:

Put the following in a batch script and run it:

@ECHO OFF 
for /l %%x in (1200, 1, 9999) do (
echo D:\archiving\clients\%%x\FS needs to move to D:\data\clients\%%x\Retain\
)


You should be able to figure it out from there.



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  Reply # 682819 7-Sep-2012 14:20 Send private message

ubergeeknz: A CMD script with a FOR loop, and a simple xcopy or robocopy command will do it, and fairly simply.  A quick google will get you the info you need to write such a script... teach a man how to fish, and all that.  If you don't learn how it works how are you going to support it if it goes awry or the requirements change?


Thanks! That's the info I was looking for :)






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  Reply # 682820 7-Sep-2012 14:21 Send private message

Lias: It's unlikely anyone is going to write you a custom script to do something like that for free, particularly given that you clearly want it for a business client of yours.



I'll be doing it for free as it's a non-profit organisation so was hoping to get away with not having to pay someone to do it.
Thanks for you input.






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  Reply # 682821 7-Sep-2012 14:24 Send private message

amanzi: I agree with Lias, feels like you're being a little lazy here - especially if this is for paid work for a client of yours.

But anyway, this should point you in the right direction:

Put the following in a batch script and run it:

@ECHO OFF  
for /l %%x in (1200, 1, 9999) do (
echo D:\archiving\clients\%%x\FS needs to move to D:\data\clients\%%x\Retain\
)


You should be able to figure it out from there.


Thanks, I'll have a look at that.
As I said it's for a non-profit organisation so I'm doing this for free for them.




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  Reply # 682840 7-Sep-2012 15:18 Send private message

It would be wise to verify directory contents at least on completion, and you need some kind of error logging.

Wise to run it after hours, and you really need to know there are no existing network tasks or network backup jobs which might be disrupted by the additional load on the network.

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  Reply # 682855 7-Sep-2012 15:46 Send private message

CYaBro: I'll be doing it for free as it's a non-profit organisation so was hoping to get away with not having to pay someone to do it.


Why didn't you say so in the first place ;)



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  Reply # 682856 7-Sep-2012 15:47 Send private message

I will do it after hours plus I'll run a backup first in case something goes wrong. (I have ShadowProtect IT Edition USB stick)

Thanks for the sample script amanzi, I was able to work from there and get something that looks like it will work.
I've tested it on my machine anyway and it worked.




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