Copying files from different locations to a single destination folder using an Xcopy alternative replacement tool

This post will explain to you on how to copy files from different folders located at different places , into a single folder or place , you want them to be kept in.Although this is possible with the Windows XCopy tool, you may not find it as flexible and as user friendly as Copywhiz.

Want to share your favorite photos , music and videos with your friend but have to copy the whole folder while sharing? You have no option to do this since without that you will have to go through the tiring process of going into each folder and search from the long list and select the ones you want one by one.

This is why creating a single folder to store these files is needed. After you select all the folders & files that you wish to copy, you can tell Copywhiz to copy only the files in those folders without copying the whole folder as such. All files will go into a single folder without creating any sub-folders.

Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it let’s you to have more flexibility & more control over the file-copying process. Here is how Copywhiz makes file copying a breeze:

  • Copy only new or modified files
  • Easily pick files by name, extension, folder etc from bunch of folders
  • Copy files to multiple folders/computers
  • Copy files from multiple folders and paste them at once
  • Pick files from multiple folders and compress in single .zip file
  • Schedule file backups
  • Several more hidden nuggets designed to make your file-copy task easier.
  • Using Xcopy

    Xcopy Source [Destination] /s command lets us to Copy files from different locations to a single destination folder

    Here is the command that is actually being used:

    xcopy Source [Destination] /S .

    For Ex: To copy the files “project.docx” and “logo.png” to a single folder “saved pictures” , the following command line will be used:

    For %%a in (
    “D:\backup\project.docx”
    “D:\project\logo.png”
    ) do (
    xcopy /s “%%~a” “d:\pictures\saved pictures”
    )

    However, using Xcopy commands are not easy to use. System administrators may be able to use. But Xcopy is not for common users.

    Using Copywhiz:

    1. Copy the files from the Source folder and right-click on it and choose Copywhiz–>Copy as shown below:

    2. Keep adding files from different folders by clicking on “copy (add to queue)”. You can see the total number of files copied until now in the “show items” menu.

    3.Right-click inside the destination folder where you wish to copy the files and select Copywhiz–>Paste . You could even use ctrl+shift+v .

    4. All the files copied will be pasted in the destination folder all at once.

    This is how Copywhiz lets you select multiple files from various folders and paste them in one desired folder in a very easy and fast manner. This is very useful when we have all our music/pictures scattered in different folders that we may want to bring into a single folder. Or we may want to pick only specific type of files & copy them all in one folder.
    This also saves you from the time consuming process of browsing & digging into several folders.

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    Pause & resume file copy operation in Windows using an XCopy alternative replacement tool

    This particular post will show you how to pause your file copy process for a while and resume it later from that very same point. This is not possible with Windows XCopy tool. However, you can use our software called Copywhiz.

    Wouldn’t it be great if the file copy process can be stopped temporarily at any time to lower CPU and disk usage, so you can perform the other tasks faster? And how about if you could resume the file copy when other tasks are completed and still not lose the integrity of the file being copied . With Copywhiz, if you wish to hold the file copying process, you can pause file copying and then resume from the point where you paused it.

    Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it let’s you to have more flexibility & more control over the file-copying process. Here is how Copywhiz makes file copying a breeze:

  • Copy only new or modified files
  • Easily pick files by name, extension, folder etc from bunch of folders
  • Copy files to multiple folders/computers
  • Copy files from multiple folders and paste them at once
  • Pick files from multiple folders and compress in single .zip file
  • Schedule file backups
  • Several more hidden nuggets designed to make your file-copy task easier.
  • Using Copywhiz:

    Copywhiz lets you to pause and resume file copy in Windows. It lets automatically shutdown/hibernate/sleep after a file copy. It even silently copy files without prompts & error messages. Log file is generated. Change file copy speed to improve performance. View progress for each file being copied

    This is just as easy to understand and try out as shown here. Try it out today .

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    Continue file-copying even if error occurs in Windows using an XCopy alternative replacement tool

    This post will show you how to continue copying your files even when an error occurs. Also, you can skip the same type of error so that you are not promoted each time. You can later review the log to learn why the error occurs. Although this is possible with Windows XCopy tool, you may not find it as flexible and as user friendly as Copywhiz.

    While copying large number of files, we often see window pop up saying ‘An error occurred while copying’. Isn’t this very annoying? Wouldn’t it be great if instead of attending to every error message, you can skip that particular type of error during that file copy instance and continue with the rest of the copy.

    Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it let’s you to have more flexibility & more control over the file-copying process. Here is how Copywhiz makes file copying a breeze:

  • Copy only new or modified files
  • Easily pick files by name, extension, folder etc from bunch of folders
  • Copy files to multiple folders/computers
  • Copy files from multiple folders and paste them at once
  • Pick files from multiple folders and compress in single .zip file
  • Schedule file backups
  • Several more hidden nuggets designed to make your file-copy task easier.
  • Using Xcopy

    Xcopy Source [Destination] /c command lets us to continue file-copying even if error occurs.

    Here is the command that is actually being used:

    xcopy Source [Destination] /c .

    For Ex: To copy files from ‘C:\t1’ to the folder ‘D:\Backup‘, by excluding the files with errors, the following command line will be used:

    xcopy “C:\t1 D:\Backup /c

    However, using Xcopy commands are not easy to use. System administrators may be able to use. But Xcopy is not for common users.

    Using Copywhiz:

    When copying files, Copywhiz does not stop on error. Instead it lets you retry or skip that particular file & proceed.

    See the below image for clarity:

    Also, if a file is locked (file-in-use), Copywhiz will wait until you unlock the file. In fact, Copywhiz will show you which program is using the file so that you can close the program in order to continue with file copy.

    If the disk is full, Copywhiz will show how much space you need to free in order to complete the operation successfully as shown below:

    You must have now understood how Copywhiz is much easier and faster.

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    Copy files to a new folder (each time) in Windows using an XCopy alternative replacement tool

    This article will show you how to copy files or create a backup automatically into a new folder each time based on your current date/time. Although this is possible with Windows XCopy tool, you may not find it as flexible and as user friendly as Copywhiz.

    Whether its your critical work documents or collection of your personal photos, it’s always a good idea to take multiple backups, so that the data is never lost. Data loss can happen in many ways, the most common causes are physical failure of your PC, accidental error, theft or disasters like fire, flood. Computer viruses often delete or corrupt your data. Also, multiple versions of file backups are important because users can continually update files and might need to restore a file from different points in time.

    Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it let’s you to have more flexibility & more control over the file-copying process. Here is how Copywhiz makes file copying a breeze:

  • Copy only new or modified files
  • Easily pick files by name, extension, folder etc from bunch of folders
  • Copy files to multiple folders/computers
  • Copy files from multiple folders and paste them at once
  • Pick files from multiple folders and compress in single .zip file
  • Schedule file backups
  • Several more hidden nuggets designed to make your file-copy task easier.
  • Using Xcopy

    The Xcopy command Xcopy Source [Destination] /I copies all specified files into the new directory. This command-line option allows you to keep multiple versions of file backups.

    For Ex: To copy all the files from D:\data\documents to the folder E:\Newfolder\documents we need to run the below command:

    Xcopy /I D:\data\documents E:\Newfolder\documents

    This command creates the folder E:\Newfolder\documents if it already does not exist.

    However, using Xcopy commands are not easy to use. System administrators may be able to use. But Xcopy is not for common users.

    Using Copywhiz:

    To backup specific files instantly,
    1. Copy the files from the Source folder and right-click on it and choose Copywhiz–>Copy as shown below:

    2. Right-click inside the destination folder where you wish to copy the files and select Copywhiz–>Paste Advanced:

    3. Copywhiz window will open with the destination folder already selected. You can suffix the destination folder with %date% or %datetime% to add current date to the folder name.

    4. Once the variables are added, click on ‘Paste Now’ and it will automatically create a new folder based on the current date.

    5. You can save the selected files as a Copywhiz project and schedule a backup of the same set of files by clicking on ‘Paste later (Schedule)’ button. Once clicked, the following Window will appear that will let you to set your preferred backup frequency. After setting your preferred frequency click on ‘Schedule Now’ so that Copywhiz automatically run the projects at a specified time for taking backups.

    Copywhiz is an alternative that lets you create a new destination folder (date-wise) for every file backup. This way you can ensure that multiple versions of your backups are maintained. It uses Windows Task Scheduler to schedule your backups. Configure Copywhiz to copy files at a particular time. Using Copywhiz’s scheduling capability you can backup your files every week, every day or even every hour. It can be used as a complete file backup solution.

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    Preview files to be copied in Windows using an XCopy alternative replacement tool

    This post will show how to preview your files before copying them in windows. Although this is possible with Windows XCopy tool, you may not find it as flexible and as user friendly as Copywhiz.

    When copying lots of files, it is very essential to ensure that no important file is left behind & no unnecessary file is being copied. Be accurate right from the start by knowing which files will be copied before actually copying them by reviewing the list of files that will actually be copied.

    Also, when filtering files by type, date or size, it is important to verify whether all the files you need will be copied successfully. Previewing files before actually copying them gives you confidence & keeps your mind relaxed.

    Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it let’s you to have more flexibility & more control over the file-copying process. Here is how Copywhiz makes file copying a breeze:

  • Copy only new or modified files
  • Easily pick files by name, extension, folder etc from bunch of folders
  • Copy files to multiple folders/computers
  • Copy files from multiple folders and paste them at once
  • Pick files from multiple folders and compress in single .zip file
  • Schedule file backups
  • Several more hidden nuggets designed to make your file-copy task easier.
  • Using Xcopy

    Xcopy Source [Destination] /L command displays a list of files that are to be copied.

    For Ex: To display a list of files that are to be copied, the following command line will be used:

    xcopy /I “C:\Your Folder” “C:\New Folder”

    However, using Xcopy commands are not easy to use. System administrators may be able to use. But Xcopy is not for common users.

    Using Copywhiz:

    Copywhiz is an alternative that allows you to preview files before copying them. You can alter different filter options (file type, date or size) and ensure that the right files are copied. This avoids mistakes, incorrect files to be copied & important files to be left out. This ensures accuracy. You can also use this feature to view the list of new & modified files in a folder.

    Here is how Copywhiz Preview Window appears:

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    Create Directory structure only, do not paste files in Windows using an XCopy alternative replacement tool

    In one of our previous posts we saw how to create files without their folders. You can do the opposite of this too by copying only folders and leaving out the files in them. This is useful when you want to create lots of folders for different types of files easier and faster . Although this is possible with Windows XCopy tool, you may not find it as flexible and as user friendly as Copywhiz.

    This post will show you how to create the whole folder structure without files in Windows since just replicating just the structure of a directory to another location, without any of the files that reside inside the directory or the sub-directories can be a very tedious & error-prone task. Do note that here, directory refers to your folders.

    Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it let’s you to have more flexibility & more control over the file-copying process. Here is how Copywhiz makes file copying a breeze:

  • Copy only new or modified files
  • Easily pick files by name, extension, folder etc from bunch of folders
  • Copy files to multiple folders/computers
  • Copy files from multiple folders and paste them at once
  • Pick files from multiple folders and compress in single .zip file
  • Schedule file backups
  • Several more hidden nuggets designed to make your file-copy task easier.
  • Using Xcopy

    Xcopy Source [Destination] /t command lets us to replicate the whole directory structure without copying the files inside them. To copy empty directories, you must include the /e command-line option.

    For Ex: To copy the directory structure without files, the following command line will be used:

    xcopy /t /e “C:\Your Folder” “C:\New Folder”

    However, using Xcopy commands are not easy to use. System administrators may be able to use. But Xcopy is not for common users.

    Using Copywhiz:

    To create directory structure only without copying the files inside them, follow the steps given below:

    1. Select files using Windows Explorer, right-click on them and choose Copywhiz->Copy from the menu as shown below :

    2. Go to the destination folder, right-click inside the folder and select Copywhiz–>Paste Advanced as shown below:

    3. Copywhiz Window will open. Click on ‘Advanced Settings’ button and select ‘Create folder structure only, do not paste files’ as shown below and click on ‘Ok’.

    Copywhiz is an alternative that allows you to create the complete directory (folder) structure without copying files in them. This feature can be useful in multi-users scenario where the system administrator wishes to create the same standard template folder structure without files for different users from an existing structure.

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    Exclude specific files when copying in Windows using an xcopy alternative replacement tool

    This article will help you have a choice in the files being copied by excluding certain files from being copied . Although this is possible with Windows Robocopy tool, you may not find it as flexible and as user friendly as Copywhiz

    By default, any copy program will copy everything (all the files) from the folder that you specify as the source. But, at times, we would like to filter & include only specific files based on different variables say file name, file extension or directory name. For Ex: Copy only pictures and not videos, only source code files and not object files, all documents except .pdf and so on. .

    Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it let’s you to have more flexibility & more control over the file-copying process. Here is how Copywhiz makes file copying a breeze:

  • Copy only new or modified files
  • Easily pick files by name, extension, folder etc from bunch of folders
  • Copy files to multiple folders/computers
  • Copy files from multiple folders and paste them at once
  • Pick files from multiple folders and compress in single .zip file
  • Schedule file backups
  • Several more hidden nuggets designed to make your file-copy task easier.
  • Using xcopy

    xcopy Source Destination /EXCLUDE:file1[+file2][+file3]… command lets us to specify a list of files containing strings to be excluded. These strings are not entered directly in the command switch. They are one or more text files that list the strings to be excluded.

    Here is the command that is actually being used:

    xcopy source destination /EXCLUDE:file1[+file2][+file3]… exclude: {path}list_of_exclusions.txt.

    For Ex: To copy files from ‘C:\t1’ to the folder ‘c:\t2‘, by excluding certain type of files, the following command line will be used:

    xcopy / c:\t1 c:\t2 /EXCLUDE:C:\list-of-excluded-files.txt

    However, xcopy commands are not easy to use. System administrators may be able to use. But xcopy is not for common users.

    Using Copywhiz:

    To copy only specific type of files in windows from Source folder to the Target folder, follow the steps given below:

    1. Select files using Windows Explorer, right-click on them and choose Copywhiz->Copy from the menu as shown below :

    2. Go to the destination folder, right-click inside the folder and select Copywhiz–>Paste special–>Paste files by name or type as shown below:

    3. The Advanced Settings dialog box will open. You can include or exclude files/folders to be copied by typing their names, file extensions or folder names. You can also preview the list of files that will be copied and files that will be skipped by clicking on the Preview button. After confirming, press the Ok button in the Advanced Settings dialog box. All the required files will be copied successfully.

    Copywhiz lets you to choose which type of files to copy & which to ignore – i.e, it lets you to do ‘Selective File Copy’. Pick only those files that are important & avoid files that are not required (Eg. Files that occupy too much space) with Copywhiz. Easily filter files by name, extension, folder etc from a bunch of folders. Complete big file copy tasks with few clicks & save manual effort with Copywhiz.

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    Copy only new & modified files in Windows using an XCopy alternative replacement tool

    This post will show you how to copy only your latest modified files . Although this is possible with Windows XCopy tool, you may not find it as flexible and as user friendly as Copywhiz.

    Often, we tend to copy the same set of files everyday or every fewer days in order to take backups. This process is very time-consuming especially when we are copying a larger number of files as each & every file will be copied. It’s always easier & better if we can copy only those files that are newly added or recently modified.

    Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it let’s you to have more flexibility & more control over the file-copying process. Here is how Copywhiz makes file copying a breeze:

  • Copy only new or modified files
  • Easily pick files by name, extension, folder etc from bunch of folders
  • Copy files to multiple folders/computers
  • Copy files from multiple folders and paste them at once
  • Pick files from multiple folders and compress in single .zip file
  • Schedule file backups
  • Several more hidden nuggets designed to make your file-copy task easier.
  • Using Xcopy

    The Xcopy command Xcopy Source [Destination] /d copies all Source files that are newer than existing Destination files. This command-line option allows you to update files that have changed.

    Here is the command that is actually being used:

    Xcopy Source [Destination] /d[:mm-dd-yyyy] copies source files changed on or after the specified date only.

    For Ex: To copy all the files in the directory ‘E:data’ that are modified on or after 1 st February 2011 to the folder ‘E:\backup‘, the following command line will be used:

    Xcopy /D:01-02-11 /I E:\data E:\backup

    However, using Xcopy commands are not easy to use. System administrators may be able to use. But Xcopy is not for common users.

    Using Copywhiz:

    To copy only changed files (new and modified) in Windows, follow the steps given below:

    1. Right-click on the folder from which only new or modified files need to be copied and choose Copywhiz–>Copy from the menu as shown below:

    2. Go to the destination folder, right-click on it and select Copywhiz–>Paste Special- ->Paste only new & modified files

    3. If the same folder already exists in the destination, then only new or modified files will be replaced, others will be skipped, saving a lot of time.

    Copywhiz automatically detects new & changed files making the whole process very quick. Alternatively, you can copy files based on specific dates (date modified, date created, date accessed). What could take several hours if done manually, Copywhiz completes it in few seconds. Just, specify the file date type and date range so that the files are copied based on the date criteria.

    This feature is very useful while sharing/uploading only recently modified files, or taking backup of just new & modified files especially when there are several files to copy or backup or even to pick latest music/pictures from multiple folders.

    Watch a short video that will show you how you can copy only changed files using Copywhiz in Windows: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InocVvRPQbA

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    What took hours of manual file copying, Copywhiz did it in few minutes

    Thanks to our customer Jeffrey Meades for taking time to express his joy for Copywhiz :).

    Copywhiz is a simple yet powerful file copying utility for Windows. It lets you selectively copy files based on name, type etc. Plus it has supporting features like copying files without folders, picking files from different folders before copying or compressing them, copying files to multiple folders/computers, auto rename duplicate files, scheduing file backup and many other features. It can save you several hours of manual tedious work.

    Here is what Jeffrey Meades wrote:

    I just wanted to express to the CopyWhiz team that I am so overjoyed
    at this product. For the longest time I have had an issue which would
    take hours upon hours of manual fixing to correct, and your product
    turned that into a 10 minute job for me.

    I had thousands of iPhone photos from a trip a tear back, and just
    general back ups over the years, which I ran into issues with. When I
    would back up the photos to my computer, and then delete the photos on
    my phone, the iPhone would start naming the photos numerically again
    from the oldest photo taken.

    So as you can understand, when I eventually went to back up the large
    amount of new photos, I ran into the issue of having completely
    separate images, with identical names. Windows copy and paste only
    offers the solution of copying and keeping both, but then I was
    running into issues where I was so easily creating duplicates, plus I
    had no way to truly organize these duplicated photos because it was
    mixing and matching month/year old photos with recent ones.

    CopyWhiz solved all of my problems. I can copy all the differing
    images with the same name, pasting them to my aggregate folder with a
    suffix of my choice to sort by later, and it also allows me to skip
    duplicates that are the same filesize.

    A product like this deserves it’s praise, so kudos to all of you involved.

    You are all the best, keep up the good work, and I’m looking forward
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    Automatically shut down computer after copying files in Windows

    Often, copying files (especially backing up files) can take several minutes to several hours. Imagine, it is time to go home and you want to shut down your computer. But you discover that the file backup task is still running. Such situations are not uncommon. Leaving your computer run for the whole night is waste of power. How about automatically shutting down your PC or hibernating it, once your files have been copied successfully?

    Yes, Copywhiz can shutdown your computer automatically after the files are copied. It provides multiple shutdown options such as Log off, Restart, Sleep, Hibernate and Shut down.

    Here is the screenshot of the window that lets you to configure various shutdown options in Copywhiz:

    Automatically shut down computer after copying files in Windows

    Do nothing: Completes the file copying process and does nothing.

    Log off: Shuts down your user account only. The desktop itself will remain powered on and will revert back to the login screen for the next time you or someone else logs in.

    Restart: The computer saves your information to the hard drive, turns off the computer for a moment, then turns it back on again.

    Sleep: This uses very little power, your PC starts up faster, and you’re instantly back to where you left off once all the files are copied.

    Hibernate: Saves all your open documents and applications both in memory and on your hard disk, and then puts your computer into a low-power state, allowing you to quickly wake the computer and resume your work.

    Shut down: Closes all running programs and completely shuts off your machine, once the file-copying process is finished.

    Please note that these options can be configured only when the file copy process is in progress. While the files are being copied, click on ‘Pause’ (optional) and then go to Options–>On Completion from the menu. Set any “On Completion” action that needs to be performed after file copy. Click on ‘Resume’ (if you have paused earlier) to continue copying files.

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