People who generally have the habit of taking multiple backups need to follow the lengthy process of copy, paste, copy, paste, and so on. This is not only tiring and boring but also very time-consuming. They would, therefore, want to copy the files and paste them all at once in all the destinations.
Let us find out how this is possible with 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 and backup 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
- Automatically organize files based on file attributes and metadata
- Copy files to multiple folders/computers
- Copy files from multiple folders and paste them at once
- Sync files between source and destination
- 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 to multiple destinations
The Xcopy command Xcopy Source [Destination] /s copies files including all the sub-folders. We will use the For loop to copy files to multiple destinations using this command.
For Ex: To copy the file “project.docx” into the folders “personal” and “office” we need to run the below command:
For %%a in (
“D:\backup\project.pdf”) do (
xcopy /s “%%~a” “d:\temp\personal”,”%%~a” “d:\temp\office”)
However, using Xcopy commands are confusing, especially for ordinary users.
Let me now show you an easier and straightforward way.
Watch a short video that tells you how to do this:
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1. Select the files you wish to copy from it’s Source folder and right-click on it and choose Copywhiz–>Copy as shown below:
2. Go to the destination folder, right-click in it and select Copywhiz–>Paste Advanced. The advanced settings dialogue box will now open.
3. Type the name of the folders in which you want the files to be copied and click on Paste Now.
4. The files will instantly copy to all your mentioned folders.
Not just that, Copywhiz even lets you copy files to multiple computers. This is especially useful when you want to share the same files to multiple systems.
You can even use date variables such as %year%, %month%, %day%, %hour% & %minute% as a part of the folder address to create new destination folders each time. That means you can create new folders instantly while copying and do not have to go to different destinations and create folders each time before copying.
This is wow!
The most significant advantage of using Copywhiz is that you can take automatic backups of your files and folders! Read more about it here:
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