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File Merge/Copy

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by harryhonda4me, Mar 14, 2009.

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  1. harryhonda4me

    harryhonda4me Thread Starter

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    Going from one XP machine through another to a new one...using another machine while files from old machine placed on new machine but want to take the files I've been working with and, when there are two files of the same name/type, that the one that's been opened/accessed the most recent be the one left standing in place. Is there such a feature within XP to do this or is their software available? I have much too many to baby sit the transfer. Thanks...while I know a little I also know that I know little!
     
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    I don't get you!
     
  3. daniel_b2380

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    harryhonda4me,
    welcome to tech support guy,
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    while what you are asking is do-able,
    file merging on and through multiple units,
    is a total nightmare,
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    it might behoove you to set up a file server,
    which really is not difficult,
    then the situation becomes almost simplistic,
     
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    Are you using a flash drive to move the files?

    Use Xcopy /D Source Destination to copy the files from the flash drive (Source) to the new PC (Destination) in a command prompt. The /D switch (Date) will only replace a file in the Destination if the file from the Source is newer, newer meaning modified more recently. Just looking at a file doesn't change it.

    For example, if you copy everything in My Documents on the temp PC you are using to a flash drive, and want to copy them to the My Documents folder on the new PC:

    Xcopy /CDS X:\*.* "%userprofile%\My Documents"
    where X is the drive letter of the flash drive as it appears on the new PC.

    type xcopy /? in a Command Prompt for all the options. If you are copying an entire directory tree, you'll need to use the /S or /E switch as well.

    You can also copy all the files over a network to a temp folder, then use xcopy to merge newer files into their final location.

    HTH

    Jerry
     
  6. harryhonda4me

    harryhonda4me Thread Starter

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    Jerry, new machine is warming up in the bullpen (getting squared around) and I think that I'll have a crack at your answer in a day or two...Will be coming from a network drive but I think I understand the syntax...I'll also "dry run" it so I have the syntax right...I'll let you know...for now, I would say that the problem is solved...Thanks so very, very much. GAP
     
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