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

This post will tell you how to copy the same files into different folders, automatically, each time in Windows PC.

Why create new folders each time?

  • Whether it’s your critical work documents or a collection of your personal photos, you never know when there might occur a physical failure of your PC or when you may commit an accidental error.
  • Not to forget that there is always a risk of theft or unforeseen disasters like fire, flood etc. To add to the misery, computer viruses often delete or corrupt your data.
  • It is therefore a good idea to take multiple backups, so that the data can be recovered if any of the above situations occur.
  • 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.
  • This is not possible with the Windows Robocopy tool .

    You could use an alternative software, Copywhiz instead which is really easy and straightforward.

    What is Copywhiz?

    Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it lets 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.
  • An image depicting one of the features of Copywhiz

    Steps to copy files in new folder each time

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    Video Transcription

    1. Select the files to be copied 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:
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    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.

    Conclusion

    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.

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    Pause & resume file copy operation in Windows using a Robocopy alternative replacement tool

    This post will tell you how to pause file copying process and resume it back in Windows.

    Why would we want to pause file copying task?

    There can be many scenarios. When we wish to modify certain files before the files are copied, we may want to pause. To improve system performance we may want to pause the file copy operation. Or when some files are in use or when the destination drive is temporarily in disconnected state. And the list goes on.

    This is currently not possible with Windows Robocopy tool.

    However, you can use an alternative software Copywhiz.

    With Copywhiz, if you wish to hold the file copying process, you can pause file copying and then resume it again from the same point. This is really easy and straightforward for anyone to try.

    What is Copywhiz?

    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.
  • Steps to pause and resume file copy

    Watch a short video depicting this feature:

    For more tutorial videos, check out this page.

    Video Transcription

    Copywhiz lets you to pause and resume file copy in Windows. It lets your system to automatically shutdown/hibernate/sleep after a file copy. It even silently copies files without prompts & error messages. A Log file is generated too. You can even change the file copy speed to improve performance and view the progress of each file being copied.

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    Copy files excluding empty folders in Windows using an Xcopy alternative replacement tool

    This post will show you how to exclude empty folders from the file copying process in Windows. Thus making it a lot easier while copying all your important files.

    Why would someone want to remove empty folders?

    Removing the empty folders ensures that you don’t spend more time looking for files inside them. You keep the folder structure clean and relevant.

    Let us find out how to do this using the Windows Xcopy tool and an alternative software, Copywhiz.

    What is Copywhiz?

    Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it lets 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.
  • Steps to exclude empty folders

    Using Xcopy

    The Xcopy command Xcopy Source [Destination] /S copies directories and sub directories except empty ones. This implies that all the folders will be copied except the ones that are empty.

    For Ex: To copy all contents from the folder “projects” to the folder “backup” except the empty folders, the following command line will be used:

    xcopy d:\projects e:\backup /S

    This will copy all the folders leaving out those with no files in them.

    But these commands are definitely not so easy. System administrators use it. But Xcopy is really hard for common users.

    Let me show an easier and straightforward way to do this.

    Using Copywhiz

    1. Select the files to be copied from the Source folder and right-click on it and choose Copywhiz–>Copy 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 “Do not keep empty folders” and click ‘OK’.

    4. Click on the “Paste Now” button. Your files would have been copied even before you actually go to the destination and check for them. This is the added advantage of high speed.

    Conclusion

    You now know how Copywhiz makes the whole process a lot more fun and easy in just a few clicks.

    For tutorial videos, check out this page.

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    Learn more about Copywhiz.

    So why wait? Go try it. Download the free trial from here.

    Have a good day.

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    Copy/Move older files in Windows using a Robocopy alternative replacement tool

    This article will help you copy only old files thereby excluding the newer ones. You just have to specify the date/day you want.

    Why copy or move older files?

    When it comes to dealing with old files, most probably you wish to move them to another backup device in order to archive them. Or you wish to move to another location to create free space. Copywhiz can help you do this quickly and effortlessly.

    Let us look at how this is possible with Windows Robocopy tool, and an alternative software, Copywhiz.

    What is Copywhiz?

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

    • Copy only new or modified files
    • Paste by date created or modified or accessed .
    • 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.

    Paste files by date

    An image depicting one of the features of Copywhiz

    Steps to copy only older files

    Using Robocopy

    The Robocopy command:
    Robocopy Source [Destination] /MINAGE:N[YYYYMMDD] copies all source files that are older than the existing Destination files.
    Note that ‘n’ represents the date which you need to type accordingly.

    For Ex: To copy all the files in the directory ‘E:data’ that are older than 1st January 2018 to the folder ‘E:\backup’, the following command line will be used:

    Robocopy/ E:\data E:\backup /MINAGE:20180101

    Just by looking at the above commands you can judge that Robocopy commands are not easy to use. System administrators may be able to use it. But Robocopy is surely not straightforward for common users.

    I will now show you an easier and faster method to do this.

    Using Copywhiz

    1. Go to Windows File Explorer, select the files from the source folder, right-click and choose Copywhiz–>Copy as shown below:

    2. Go to the destination folder, right-click on it and select Copywhiz–>Paste Advanced. The ‘Advanced Settings’ dialogue box will open.

    3. Click the “Advanced Settings” Tab. Click on ‘Paste by Date” created or modified or accessed according to your requirement.

    4. Now, you can either choose “Paste” or “Paste and delete original (move)” to copy/move your files

    Conclusion

    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.

    For tutorial videos, check out this page.

    Subscribe to our YouTube channel for interesting videos.

    Learn more about Copywhiz. Download the free trial from here.

    Have a good day!

    Thanks for reading till the end :)