Copy files to a new folder (each time) in Windows using an Xcopy alternative replacement tool

This article will update you on how to create a new destination folder each time when copying files in Windows.

Why new folders each time?

It is always advisable to multiple backups of your files. Data loss can happen in many ways, the most common causes are physical failure of your PC, accidental errors, theft or even natural disasters.

Computer viruses too often delete or corrupt your data. Also, multiple versions of file backups are important because users might need to restore a file from different points in time.

This is not directly possible with the Windows Xcopy tool.

You can therefore use an alternative software, Copywhiz to do that in an easier and faster way. It is really straightforward and can be understood even by a beginner.

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 files in a new folder each time

    Watch a short video on this feature:

    For more tutorial videos, check out this page.

    Video Transcription

    1. Select the files from the Source folder and right-click on it 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 with the destination folder already selected. You can suffix the destination folder with %date% or %datetime% to add current date to the folder name.

    4. Once the variables are added, click on ‘Paste Now’ and it will automatically create a new folder based on the current date.

    5. You can save the selected files as a Copywhiz project and schedule a backup of the same set of files by clicking on ‘Paste later (Schedule)’ button.

    Once clicked, the following Window will appear that will let you set your preferred backup frequency.

    After setting your preferred frequency, click on ‘Schedule Now’ so that Copywhiz automatically runs the projects at a specified time for taking backups.

    Conclusion

    Copywhiz is an alternative that lets you create a new destination folder (date-wise) for every file backup. This way you can ensure that multiple versions of your backups are maintained. It uses Windows Task Scheduler to schedule your backups.

    Configure Copywhiz to copy files at a particular time. Using Copywhiz’s scheduling capability you can back up your files every week, every day or even every hour.

    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 :)

    If you found this post useful, please do share it.

    Copying files to multiple destination folders in Windows using an Xcopy alternative replacement tool

    This post will show you how to copy files to various destinations/places simultaneously.

    Why multiple destinations?

    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. This is why they would want to copy the files and paste them in all the destinations, all at once.

    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 & 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 files to multiple destinations

    Using Xcopy

    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:

    Xcopy /s
    For %%a in (
    “D:\backup\project.pdf”) do (
    xcopy /s “%%~a” “d:\temp\personal”,”%%~a” “d:\temp\office”)

    However, using Xcopy commands is confusing, especially for common users.

    Let me now show you an easier and straightforward way.

    Using Copywhiz

    Watch a short video that tells you how to do this:

    For more tutorial videos, check out this page.

    Video Transcription

    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 be copied 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 just wow!

    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 :)

    If you found this post useful, please do share it.

    Watch out this space for more articles.

    Copy files excluding empty folders in Windows using an Xcopy alternative replacement tool

    This post will show you how to exclude empty folders from the file copying process in Windows. Thus making it a lot easier while copying all your important files.

    Why would someone want to remove empty folders?

    Removing the empty folders ensures that you don’t spend more time looking for files inside them. You keep the folder structure clean and relevant.

    Let us find out how to do this using 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 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 exclude empty folders

    Using Xcopy

    The Xcopy command Xcopy Source [Destination] /S copies directories and sub directories except empty ones. This implies that all the folders will be copied except the ones that are empty.

    For Ex: To copy all contents from the folder “projects” to the folder “backup” except the empty folders, the following command line will be used:

    xcopy d:\projects e:\backup /S

    This will copy all the folders leaving out those with no files in them.

    But these commands are definitely not so easy. System administrators use it. But Xcopy is really hard for common users.

    Let me show an easier and straightforward way to do this.

    Using Copywhiz

    1. Select the files to be copied from the Source folder and right-click on it and choose Copywhiz–>Copy 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 “Do not keep empty folders” and click ‘OK’.

    4. Click on the “Paste Now” button. Your files would have been copied even before you actually go to the destination and check for them. This is the added advantage of high speed.

    Conclusion

    You now know how Copywhiz makes the whole process a lot more fun and easy in just a few clicks.

    For tutorial videos, check out this page.

    Subscribe to our YouTube channel for interesting videos.

    Learn more about Copywhiz.

    So why wait? Go try it. Download the free trial from here.

    Have a good day.

    Thanks for staying till the end :)

    If you found this post useful, please do share it and make sure to follow our blog for more of such interesting articles.

    Copying files from different locations to a single destination folder in Windows using an Xcopy alternative replacement tool

    This post will explain to you on how to copy files from different folders located at different places, into a single folder or place, you want them to be kept in.

    Why copy everything in a single folder?

    Want to share your favorite photos, music and videos with your friend but have to copy the whole folder while sharing?

    You have no option to do this since you fear that without that you will have to go through the tiring process of going into each folder and search from the long list and select the ones you want one by one. Sounds tiring already.

    This is why creating a single folder to store these files is needed. All files will go into a single folder without creating any sub-folders.

    Let us look at this using 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 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 files in a single location

    Using Xcopy

    Xcopy Source [Destination] /s command lets us to Copy files from different locations to a single destination folder.

    For Ex: To copy the files “project.docx” and “logo.png” to a single folder “saved pictures” , the following command line will be used:

    For %%a in (
    “D:\backup\project.docx”
    “D:\project\logo.png”
    ) do (
    xcopy /s “%%~a” “d:\pictures\saved pictures”
    )

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

    Let us look at an easier and simple way to do this.

    Using Copywhiz

    Watch a short video that perfectly depicts this:

    For more tutorial videos, check out this page.

    Video Transcription

    1. Select files to be copied from the Source folder and right-click on it and choose Copywhiz–>Copy as shown below:

    2. Keep adding files from different folders by clicking on “Copy (Add to queue)”. You can see the total number of files copied until now in the “Show Items” menu.

    3.Right-click inside the destination folder where you wish to copy the files and select Copywhiz–>Paste . You could even use ‘Ctrl+Shift+V’.

    4. All the files copied will be pasted in the destination folder all at once.

    This is how Copywhiz lets you select multiple files from various folders and paste them in one desired folder in a very easy and fast manner.

    Conclusion

    This is very useful when we have all our music/pictures scattered in different folders that we may want to bring into a single folder. Or we may want to pick only specific type of files & copy them all in one folder.

    This also saves you a lot of time.

    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 :)

    Keep following for more articles to come.

    Pause & resume file copy operation in Windows using an Xcopy alternative replacement tool

    This particular post will show you how to pause your file copy process for a while and resume it later from that very same point.

    The benefits of Pause & Resume

    During your file copy process you may get a warning for high CPU and disk usage. The best thing would be to pause the copy for a while until the other tasks are completed. With Copywhiz, if you wish to hold the file copying process, you can pause and then resume right from the point where you paused it. This way you do not lose the integrity of the file being copied.

    This is not possible with Windows Xcopy tool. However, you can use Copywhiz, a file copy software for Windows. It is really easy and straightforward.

    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 Pause & Resume file copy using Copywhiz

    Watch a short video depicting this feature:

    For more tutorial videos, check out this page.

    Video Transcription

    Copywhiz lets you to pause and resume file copy in Windows. It lets automatically shutdown/hibernate/sleep after a file copy. It even silently copies files without prompts & error messages. Log file is also generated. You can Change file copy speed to improve performance. Also view progress for each file being copied.

    This is just as easy to understand and try out as shown here. Try it out today.

    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 :)

    If you found this post useful, do share it.

    Continue file-copying even if error occurs in Windows using an Xcopy alternative replacement tool

    This post will show you how to continue copying your files even when an error occurs. Also, you can skip the same type of error so that you are not prompted each time. You can later review the log to learn why the error occurs.

    Error Pop-ups

    While copying large number of files, we often see a window pop up saying ‘An error occurred while copying’. Isn’t this very annoying ? Wouldn’t it be great if instead of attending to every error message, you can skip that particular type of error during that file copy instance and continue with the rest of the copy.

    To understand this better, we will compare Windows Xcopy tool with an alternative software , 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 continue copying even on error

    Using Xcopy

    Xcopy Source [Destination] /c command lets us to continue file-copying even if error occurs.

    For Ex: To copy files from ‘C:\project’ to the folder ‘D:\Backup‘, by excluding the files with errors, the following command line will be used:

    xcopy “C:\project D:\Backup /c

    However, using Xcopy commands are not easy to use. System administrators may be able to use. But Xcopy is not for common users.

    Using Copywhiz:

    Watch this short video that depicts this feature:

    When copying files, Copywhiz does not stop on error. Instead it lets you retry or skip that particular file & proceed.

    Also, if a file is locked (file-in-use) , Copywhiz will wait until you unlock the file. In fact, Copywhiz will show you which program is using the file so that you can close the program in order to continue with file copy.

    If the disk is full , Copywhiz will show how much space you need to free in order to complete the operation successfully as shown below:

    Now here comes the best part.

    You can configure Copywhiz to run it silently. This means you will no longer be asked any questions when copying files. Also, duplicate files will be replaced by default and error logs will be generated.

    All you need to do is click on the General Tab in the Advanced Settings and select the option “Run Silently”.

    Conclusion

    You must have now understood how Copywhiz is much easier and faster.

    For more such tutorial videos, check out this page.

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

    Have a good day !

    Thanks for reading till the end :)

    If you found this post useful, do share it.

    Copy files to a new folder (each time) in Windows using an Xcopy alternative replacement tool

    This article will show you how to copy files or create a backup automatically into a new folder each time based on your current date/time.

    Why a new folder each time?

    Whether its your critical work documents or collection of your personal photos, it is always a good idea to take multiple backups, so that the data is never lost. Data loss can happen in many ways, the most common causes are physical failure of your PC, accidental error, theft or disasters like fire, flood. Computer viruses often delete or corrupt your data. Also, multiple versions of file backups are important because users can continually update files and might need to restore a file from different points in time.

    Let us find out how to do this with Windows Xcopy tool, and an alternative software, 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 copy files in a new folder each time

    Using Xcopy

    The Xcopy command Xcopy Source [Destination] /I copies all specified files into the new directory. This command-line option allows you to keep multiple versions of file backups.

    For Ex: To copy all the files from “documents” to the folder “New folder” we need to run the below command:

    Xcopy D:\data\documents E:\Newfolder\documents /I

    This command creates the folder E:\Newfolder\documents if it already does not exist.

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

    Let us look at an easier and straightforward way to do this.

    Using Copywhiz

    Watch a short video on this feature:

    Video Transcription

    1. Select the files from the Source folder and right-click on it 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 with the destination folder already selected. You can suffix the destination folder with %date% or %datetime% to add current date to the folder name.

    4. Once the variables are added, click on ‘Paste Now’ and it will automatically create a new folder based on the current date.

    5. You can save the selected files as a Copywhiz project and schedule a backup of the same set of files by clicking on ‘Paste later (Schedule)’ button. Once clicked, the following Window will appear that will let you to set your preferred backup frequency. After setting your preferred frequency click on ‘Schedule Now’ so that Copywhiz automatically run the projects at a specified time for taking backups.

    Copywhiz is an alternative that lets you create a new destination folder (date-wise) for every file backup. This way you can ensure that multiple versions of your backups are maintained.

    It uses Windows Task Scheduler to schedule your backups. Configure Copywhiz to copy files at a particular time.

    Using Copywhiz’s scheduling capability you can backup your files every week, every day or even every hour. It can be used as a complete file backup solution.

    For more tutorial videos, check out our page.

    Follow 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 till the end :)

    If you found this post useful, do share it.

    Preview files to be copied in Windows using an Xcopy alternative replacement tool

    This post will show how to preview your files before copying them in windows.

    Why preview files?

  • When copying lots of files, it is very essential to ensure that no important file is left behind & no unnecessary file is being copied. Be accurate right from the start by knowing which files will be copied before actually copying them by reviewing the list of files that will actually be copied.
  • Also, when filtering files by type, date or size, it is important to verify whether all the files you need will be copied successfully. Previewing files before actually copying them gives you confidence & keeps your mind relaxed.
  • Let us see how this is possible with Windows Xcopy tool and an alternative software Copywhiz.

    About 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.
  • Generate file Preview

    Using Xcopy

    Xcopy Source [Destination] /L command displays a list of files that are to be copied.

    For Ex: To display a list of files that are to be copied, the following command line will be used:

    xcopy / C:\Your Folder C:\New Folder /L

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

    Let us look at an easier and faster way to do this.

    Using Copywhiz

    Copywhiz is an alternative that allows you to preview files before copying them. You can alter different filter options (file type, date or size) and ensure that the right files are copied. This avoids mistakes, incorrect files to be copied & important files to be left out. This ensures accuracy. You can also use this feature to view the list of new & modified files in a folder.

    Here is how Copywhiz Preview Window appears:

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

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

    Have a good day.

    Thanks for reading till the end :)

    Create Directory structure only, do not paste files in Windows using an Xcopy alternative replacement tool

    This post will show you how to create the whole folder structure without files in Windows since just replicating the directory structure to another location, can be a very tedious & error-prone task if done manually.

    Do note that, here, directory refers to your folders.

    This is useful when you want to create lots of folders for different types of files in an easier and faster way.

    Let us look at how to do this with Windows Xcopy tool, and an alternative software, Copywhiz.

    About 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.
  • Create Directory structure only

    Using Xcopy

    Xcopy Source [Destination] /t 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 directory structure without files, the following command line will be used:

    xcopy C:\Your Folder C:\New Folder /t /e

    However, Xcopy commands are not really straightforward. System administrators may be able to use. But common users would generally find it confusing.

    Let us look at a simpler and easier way to do this.

    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 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’.

    Conclusion

    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.

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

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

    Have a good day

    Thanks for your time :)

    If you found this post useful, do share it.

    Exclude specific files when copying in Windows using an Xcopy alternative replacement tool

    This article will help you have a choice in the files being copied by excluding certain files from being copied.

    Here we will look at this feature using Xcopy and an alternative software, Copywhiz.

    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.
  • An image showing one of the features of Copywhiz

    Steps to exclude specific files when copying in Windows

    Using Xcopy

    xcopy Source Destination /EXCLUDE:file1[+file2][+file3]… command lets us to specify a list of files containing strings to be excluded. These strings are not entered directly in the command switch. They are one or more text files that list the strings to be excluded.

    Here is the command that is actually being used:

    xcopy source destination /EXCLUDE:file1[+file2][+file3]… exclude: {path}list_of_exclusions.txt.

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

    xcopy c:\project c:\backup /Exclude: list of excluded files

    However, Xcopy commands are not easy to use. System administrators may be able to use. But Xcopy is not for common users.

    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 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’.

    Pick only those files that are important & avoid files that are not required (Eg. Files that occupy too much space) with Copywhiz. Easily filter files by name, extension, folder etc from a bunch of folders.

    Complete big file copy tasks with few clicks & save manual effort with Copywhiz.

    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 :)

    Keep following for more such articles