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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