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Using xcopy to update/backup your working folders

xcopy is one of the most powerful dos commands. It is mainly used for copying files, but arguments create a monster of it :P

To use xcopy to update a folder  from another you need to use :

xcopy H:\somefolder\*.* C:\updating\ /s/d/y/h/r/c


Here we are updating C:\updating\ using files in directory H:\somefolder\.

Let’s see what those arguments mean:

  • /s - copy subfolders
  • /d - compare files by date (copy newer changed files only)
  • /y - yes to overwrite and all the questions pc may ask :)
  • /h - copy hidden files too
  • /r - copy read-only files too
  • /c - continue on error
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