Copy only new & modified files in Windows using a Robocopy alternative replacement tool

This post will tell you how to copy only files that have been recently modified, leaving out the older ones totally.

We will show you how to do this using Robocopy and also 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 copy only changed files (new and modified)

    Using Robocopy

    The Robocopy command Robocopy Source [Destination] /XO :[YYYYMMDD] copies all Source files changed on or after the specified date only. This command-line option allows you to update files that have changed.

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

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

    You can do this using Xcopy too. Here is the article explaining that.

    However, commands like Robocopy are not straightforward. System administrators may be able to use. But common users will find it difficult. Instead, I will show you how to do it very quickly/easily using Copywhiz.

    Using Copywhiz

    Here is a short video that depicts how to do it easily in Windows using Copywhiz:

    Video Transcription

    1. Go to Windows File Explorer, select the files from the source folder, right-click 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. Click on ‘Advanced Settings’ button and select “Automatically identify & paste only new or modified files” and click ‘OK’.

    4. If the same folder already exists in the destination, then only new or modified files will be replaced and the 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).

    To Conclude

    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 even to pick latest music/pictures from multiple folders.

    For more tutorial videos, check out this page. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more such interesting videos.

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

    Have a good day.

    Thanks for reading till the end :)

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    Exclude specific files when copying in Windows using a Robocopy alternative replacement tool

    This post will help you in excluding certain files of your choice from being copied.

    Why exclude specific files?

    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 and include only specific files. For Ex: Copy only pictures and not videos, only source code files and not object files, all documents except PDF files and so on.

    In this particular post, we will talk about this by comparing Robocopy to an alternative software , Copywhiz.

    What is Copywhiz?

    Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it lets you 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
  • 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.
  • You can check out more of Copywhiz’s features from here

    Steps to exclude specific files

    Using Robocopy

    Robocopy Source Destination /XF file [file]… command lets us to specify a list of files.

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

    Robocopy c:\pictures c:\backup /XF list-of-excluded-files

    You can use Xcopy too. Here is the article you can check out.

    However, Robocopy commands are not really straightforward. System administrators may be able to use. But Robocopy is really confusing for common users.

    Let me now show you an easier and faster way to do this.

    Using Copywhiz

    Copywhiz makes this very user friendly. Watch a short video depicting this feature:

    Video Transcription

    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 and choose Copywhiz–> Paste Advanced. The Advanced Settings dialogue box will open.

    3. 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.

    Conclusion

    Copywhiz lets you to choose which type of files to copy & which to ignore – i.e, it lets you to do ‘Selective File Copy’. Easily filter files by name, extension, folder etc from a bunch of folders. You can complete big file copy tasks with few clicks & save manual effort with Copywhiz.

    For more tutorial videos, check out this page and also our YouTube channel

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

    Have a good day.

    Thanks for reading till the end :)

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    Perform incremental file backup in Windows using Copywhiz

    Taking regular backups of your files is a really good habit.

    But do you take advantage of incremental backups when backing up your files?

    The Incremental Backup concept

    An incremental backup is a type of backup that only copies files that have changed since the previous backup.

    For example, if a full backup was performed today, the next incremental backup will only take all changed files since today’s backup. This is really helpful to reduce your time spent on taking backups and avoiding repetition of files with the same content.

    In this post, we will show you how to do incremental backup using Copywhiz.

    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 perform incremental backup

    1. Go to Windows File Explorer, select the files from the source folder, right-click 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. Click on ‘Advanced Settings’ button and select “Automatically identify & paste only new or modified files” and click ‘OK’:
    4. Click on “Paste Now” and your files will be copied instantly. You can click on “Paste later” so that your files will be scheduled for copying later. Useful for backups.

    That’s it. Incremental backups is very straightforward using Copywhiz.

    For more tutorial videos, check out this page and our YouTube channel too.

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

    Have a good day.

    Thanks for your time :)

    Copy only files newer than the day/date you want in Windows using a Robocopy alternative replacement tool

    This post will tell you how to copy only new files from the day/date you want.

    The benefits of copying only new files

    We often spend a lot of our precious time in copying the same set of files everyday or every fewer days in order to take backups. It would be very convenient if we could copy only those files that have been newly added or recently modified after a particular day or date.

    Let us look at how this is possible using Robocopy and an alternative software Copywhiz, which does the same thing in a much user friendly manner.

    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 newer files based on date

    Using Robocopy

    The Robocopy command Robocopy Source [Destination] /maxage:n (where n can be number of days or date of format YYYYMMDD) copies all source files that are newer than the date specified.

    For Ex: To copy all the files in the directory ‘E:\data’ that have been added or modified on or after 1st JAN 2018 to the folder ‘E:\backup’, the following command line will be used:

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

    However, these commands are quite confusing and may not be easy to understand for most users. It is easy to achieve this using Copywhiz which is really straightforward and faster.

    Using Copywhiz:

    Watch a short video that perfectly depicts this feature:

    Video Transcription

    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 Advanced. The advanced settings dialogue box will open.

    3. Select the date option a shown in below picture.

    Conclusion

    This feature is very useful while sharing/uploading only recently modified files, taking backups of just new and modified files especially when there are several files to copy. Thus, Copywhiz proves to be a total saver.

    For more tutorial videos, check out this page.

    Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more such interesting videos.

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

    Have a good day.

    Thanks for taking time to read :)

    Copying files based on their size in Windows using a Robocopy alternative replacement tool

    This post will show you how to copy files only of the size (small or large) you want, allowing you to exclude files not needed.

    Why filter files based on size?

    We would sometimes not want files that are too large or sometimes we may require only large files to be copied. Whatever may be the case, the basic idea is to select the files to be copied only based on their sizes.

    Wouldn’t it be great if you could actually do that without much time and efforts? Instead of copying all the files and later deleting the ones not required, you can just skip copying files not required altogether.

    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 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 a 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 copy files based on size

    Using Robocopy

    The Robocopy command Robocopy source [destination] /max:n lets you set the maximum limit on a file size. Which means files larger than the mentioned size would not be copied.

    Similarly the command Robocopy source [destination] /min:n lets you set the minimum file size limit so that files smaller than the mentioned size would not be copied.

    For ex: to exclude files larger than 10 KB when copying files from “projects” folder to “backup” folder , you will apply the following command :

    Robocopy d:\temp\projects e:\backup /xf max:10kb

    Similarly for ex: to exclude files smaller than 10 KB when copying files from “projects” folder to “backup” folder , you will apply the Command :

    Robocopy d:\temp\projects e:\backup /xf min:10kb

    However, these Robocopy commands are quite difficult to understand and use by common users. Only system administrators find it easy.

    Let me show you a much easier and straightforward method.

    Using Copywhiz

    Watch a short video depicting this feature:

    Video Transcription

    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 /selecting file size. 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.

    4. Click on “OK” and then “Paste Now”. Your files will instantly be copied.

    Conclusion

    As you have seen above, When copying files using Copywhiz, you can exclude or include specific types of files/folders. You gain more control over what is being copied. With few clicks, you complete big file copy tasks & save manual effort.

    You can avoid files that are not required like those files that occupy too much space and only pick files that are important.

    For more tutorial videos, check out this page.

    Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more such interesting videos.

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

    Have a good day !

    Thanks :)

    Silently copy files in Windows without showing error popup message box

    One thing about Windows file copy is that it will continuously need your attention if there are duplicate files, if a file is in use or if there is any other error.

    When you are seriously working on an important task (while a background file copy is going on) and suddenly if an error popup box appears, the whole flow of work gets disturbed. We have to stop working and attend to these messages. This is why you would wish to just stop those messages from popping up or let the error get resolved silently without disturbing your work.

    Here I will show how you can use Copywhiz to suppress all the message prompts, error boxes and continue with file copy. Later you can verify the error log to check if there are any errors. This is very useful when taking backups and when you wish to copy files silently.

    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.

    Steps to silently copy files in Windows

    The most common message you get is that a file already exists with the same name. Copywhiz can replace duplicate files automatically once pre-configured. Also it will show you a list of errors (if any) after the file copy operation is complete.

    Watch a short video describing this feature:

    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 and choose Copywhiz–> Paste Advanced. The advanced settings dialogue box will open.
    3. Select the “General” tab and enable the option “Run silently”. This ensures that you are not asked any questions when copying files. Duplicate files will be replaced automatically by default and all the errors are logged to separate file.
    4. Click on OK and then Paste Now.

    For more tutorial videos, check out this page.

    Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more such interesting videos.

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

    Have a good day.

    Thanks for staying with us :)

    Copy files quickly from multiple folders into single folder in Windows

    This post will explain how to copy files from different folders in different places, into a single folder or destination.

    Why a single folder?

    Many times we have all our music and pictures scattered in different folders that we may want to store into a single folder. You might want to pick only specific types of files and copy all of them in one folder. Say your favorite songs and personal pictures.

    But you always have to follow the monotonous process of copy, paste, copy, paste and repeat it several times which is really time consuming.

    This can now be done easily using Copywhiz

    What is Copywhiz?

    Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it lets you 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
  • 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 quickly copy files from multiple folders into single folder

    Watch a short video on this feature:

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

    2. Keep adding files from different folders by selecting them, right clicking and choosing “Copy (Add to queue)” from Copywhiz menu. You can see the total number of files copied until now in the “Show items” menu.

    3. Right-click inside the destination folder and select Copywhiz–>Paste . You can even use Ctrl+Shift+V shortcut keys.

    4. All the files (from multiple folders) are copied are once.

    This is otherwise very time consuming in Windows.

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

    Subscribe to our YouTube channel for interesting videos.

    Have a good day!

    Thanks for reading :)

    Create multiple compressed .zip files simultaneously at different locations in Windows

    This post will brief you on how to compress files into .zip files simultaneously at different destinations using Copywhiz.

    In one of our previous articles we told you on how you can compress multiple files (from different locations) into a .zip file so that it is easier to share them or even create backups for that matter.

    If you still haven’t read it, here is the post:

    Selectively pick files from multiple folders and compress them into a single zip file using Copywhiz

    In this particular article, we will show how to create multiple .zip files at different locations, simultaneously.

    Why .zip files?

    Compressing files into a .zip file is very useful to reduce the size of the whole file set. Zipping files means that you are reducing the size of your original data into smaller size. Creating multiple such files will help you to take backups easily at different locations (local, remote, pen drive etc). Copywhiz will help you achieve this with ease.

    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
    • 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.

    Steps to create .zip files at multiple locations (folders)

    Watch a short video depicting this feature:

    Using Copywhiz

    1. Select the files from the source folder and right-click on them and choose Copywhiz–>Copy as shown below:
    2. Right-click inside the destination folder where you wish to create your first .zip file and select Copywhiz–>Paste Advanced:
    3. Copywhiz window will open with the destination folder already selected. Here you need to select ‘Paste as compressed .zip file’ option from the drop down (under Paste tab) and then add multiple .zip file locations. Separate each file with a comma (,).

      If you don’t want to manually type them, you can click on the ‘Add’ option next to the box. This lets you browse to a destination folder and specify a .zip file name. This is to ensure that you create the file in the right place.
    4. Click on ‘Paste Now’ and it will automatically create .zip files at all those folders you specified.
    5. You can cross check by clicking on the file icon next to the dialogue box. It will open the destination folders for you. All your files would have been copied there.

    Scheduling it for your backups

    With Copywhiz, you can even schedule your copying process according to your convenience by clicking on the “Paste Later” option. You get the facility of creating copies of your files every week, every day or even every hour. You now have a complete file backup solution too.

    For more tutorial videos, check out this page.

    Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more such interesting videos.

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

    Have a good day!

    Thanks for your time :)

    Automatically rename existing (destination) files on conflict when copying files in Windows

    Automatically rename existing files when copying files in Windows using Copywhiz.

    Why rename files?

    During your file copying process, you often get a pop up notifying that the file already exists in the destination. You are then asked if you want to replace or skip or keep both the files. Copywhiz can automatically rename the destination files. Plus you can also specify a rename suffix of your choice. This is useful to differentiate the older file with newer file. You can suffix the file with terms like ‘_old’ etc.

    The advantage with Copywhiz is that you can pre-configure this setting so that such questions will not be asked in the middle of a file copying process.

    About 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
    • 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
    • And several more hidden nuggets designed to make your file-copy task easier.

    Using Copywhiz

    1. From the Copywhiz main window, click on the ‘Advanced Settings’ button.
    2. Click on the ‘General’ settings tab which is next to the Filter option.
    3. Under the File Replace options, select ‘Rename Destination file’.
    4. Rename destination file

    5. Click on ‘OK’ and ‘Paste Now’.

    Conclusion

    This is totally free from any complications. Your manual efforts are saved to a great extent and is a total time saver. It is easy to use even for a person trying it out the first time. This option is also available in the “File Replace Window”.

    For tutorial videos, check out this page.

    Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more such interesting videos.

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

    Have a good day.

    Thanks for staying with us :)

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    Create full folder hierarchy structure when copying files in Windows

    Sometimes, there are situations where you want to copy 2 folders with the same name but having different content. Another case is when you want to share the complete file structure from the root drive so that it can be replicated in the destination folder, exactly like the source.

    Copywhiz will help you create a full directory structure right from level 1 although you might be copying a folder at level 5.

    About 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
    • 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.

    Using Copywhiz

    Watch a small video showing this feature:

    Video Transcription

    1. Right-click on the folders from which 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 Advanced.

    3. Click the “Advanced Settings” option. The advanced settings dialog box will open. Select “Create full folder hierarchy”.

    4. Click on ‘OK’ and ‘Paste Now’. You can even schedule it for later by clicking on “Paste later (Schedule)” option.

    Conclusion

    This is how Copywhiz keeps those files separate so that you can copy files faster, easier and safer. This is really useful when sharing files or creating copies(backups).

    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 :)