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 as shown in below picture.



    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.

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