Create folder structure only without files in Windows using a Robocopy alternative replacement tool

You will now learn how to create complete folder (directory) structure without the files in them.

Let us look at how to do this with the 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 & 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 create directory structure only without copying the files inside them

    Using Robocopy

    Robocopy /XF file [file]… command lets us to replicate the whole directory structure without copying the files inside them. To copy empty directories, you must include the /e command-line option.

    For Ex: To copy the folder “pictures” to the folder “project” without the files in it, the following command line will be used:

    Robocopy C:\pictures e:\project /XF

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

    Let me now show you an easier and faster method.

    Using Copywhiz

    Watch a short video about this feature:

    For more tutorial videos, check out this page.

    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 Advanced as shown below:

    3. Copywhiz Window will open. Click on ‘Advanced Settings’ button and select ‘Create folder structure only, (Do not paste files) as shown below and click on ‘OK’ and “Paste Now”.



    Copywhiz is an alternative that allows you to create the complete directory (folder) structure without copying files in them. This feature can be useful in multi-users scenario where the system administrator wishes to create the same standard template folder structure without files for different users from an existing structure.

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