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 in Windows.

Why copy only new or modified files?

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.

The post will brief you on how to do this using Xcopy and also an alternative software, Copywhiz.

What is Copywhiz?

Copywhiz is a very useful and productive file copy app that does a lot more than just copy files.

Enhance your file-copy experience 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.
  • Copy only new & modified files

    An image showing one of Copywhiz’s feature

    Steps to Copy only new and modified files

    Using Xcopy

    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.

    For Ex: To copy all the files in the directory ‘data’ that are modified on or after 1 st December 2017 to the folder ‘backup‘, the following command line will be used:

    Xcopy E:\data E:\backup /D:12-01-17

    However, these Xcopy commands are not straightforward. System administrators may be able to use. But Xcopy is quite difficult for common users.

    Here is an easier and faster alternative .

    Using Copywhiz

    Here is a short video that depicts how to do it easily and conveniently:

    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 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.

    You can watch more of such videos at this page here .

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    Learn more about Copywhiz.

    Download the free trial from here.

    Have a good day.

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