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Is it safe to use Robocopy /mir on root drive?

Q: Is it safe to use Robocopy /mir on root drive?

I am backing up an entire drive to a external hard drive using Robocopy. Is it safe to use /mir on root drives? I've read somewhere that it's not recommended as it copies the hidden folders $RECYCLE.BIN and System Volume Information and may cause issues on the destination drive. Is there anything truth to this or is it just a myth?

A: Is it safe to use Robocopy /mir on root drive?


I am not familiar with robocopy, but you can try this link to help you with your issue:

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I have been fooling around with Robocopy now for a while and the amount of switches it features is a tab overwheleming

Can anyone recommend a bone stock "go to" command line specifcally for copying files from an old drive to a new drive - with the following requirements?

1. Maintaining the same folder structure (old to new) while persevering existing directory timestamps (/DCOPY:T?)

2. Ensuring that the destination files inherit the permissions of the new dest directory. (Confused here?)

3. Multithreaded (MT:8?)

4. Copy all subdirectories (/e?)

5. Give me basic info on screen (TEE/?)

6. Write a log file that's not overly huge

7. Cut the retries etc to a minimum

Anything else you think might be relevant.

Really want an easy go to command that I can reach for again and again without wondering if it works or not



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Apologies if the solution is found in another thread, but I have been unable to solve my problem so far.

I'm attempting to use Task Scheduler, to backup a folder of my projects to a 1 Tb USB drive via robocopy. I've been at this off and on for several days now, and I have had varying degrees of success. I work at a corporate company where IT can be strict. I have admin rights to my machine but I feel like I am still fairly restricted.

Currently, I have a .bat file, that when I run, it fails because I do not have backup and restore file user rights. Great. I get that. That is not my main problem. I know I need to change permissions some how. As far as I can tell, I have admin rights to all of the appropriate folders. I checked by right clicking, looking at security and seeing my user name in the groups and seeing that I have Full control, modify, read & execute, etc.

C:\Users\"MyUserName"\ - Full control
C:Users\"MyUserName"\_Projects - Looks like I have inherited full control rights

Side note, This may seem very noobish but I don't remember all of the folders being -Read Only- before. Not sure if this is a problem or if I did something to cause this.

Back to my main problem. At some point, I was able to run an iteration of my .bat file successfully, when I ran it manually. It copied all of the files I wanted to the correct USB drive. It was only once I tried to add it to Task Scheduler, the .bat file would fail. I... Read more

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I am using robocopy to mirror folder as a backup, using the /mir command, it does work on my home server, but on my external drive it wont do anything with certain folders, even if they were drastically changed on the source.

I have tried changing the owner of the folder and basically allowing anyone access to any file or folder on the drive with no luck.

Does anyone has another idea?


A:Robocopy does not mirror folder on USB external drive.

Does it give you an error message? If so, what does it say?

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Is it OK to delete all this stuff> I think it is from installing programs.

A:Root of C - Safe to Delete?

Yes: Seems a program has extracted itself into the root. But what I do in these situations is make a folder on your desktop and sweep the files into the spare folder. Reboot. So you can always put the files back. But in this case it looks as if a program has just used the root to unpack its files into. M

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Started using robocopy to do my backups. In my command lines, i can specify directories on a external drive to backup to.Some directories show up and i see everything. My most important directory " my documents" DOESNT SHOW UP. I have confirmed a backup is occuring, via log file and properties on the backup folder. I edited it down to a backup of only that folder. Log file shows good, external drive shows the "backup" root directory and properties ( size, number of files) match log file. Open up the backup folder, NOTHING LISTED. I have to run the script as adminstrator , my user is admin also, but if i run it as myself, it cant access the folder. I think im dealing with a right issue, i have edited security on the external drive, even reformatted it , still nothing shows up.

A:Robocopy / view backed up files on external drive


Please provide system specifications as per tutorial - this make it so much easier to help.


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I need to solve the following problem and I would like to know if I can to this with Copyrobot, I am asking here, because I have never done anything with Copyrobot before. 
I have one network drive and X computers from which I need to move data to the network drive. The folder structure on PC1 could look like this:

On PC2 it could look like this:

Now on the network drive I would like to save the following:
This this possible with CopyRobot ? And if yes, how would I start. Thanks in advance

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I have a 2 TB HDD attached to my RT-n66u router. The drive is accessible through network neighborhood and I can even type "\\(name)" into explorer and it will open fine. The trouble is when I attempt to map it as a network drive. I get "Windows cannot access \\(name)".

In addition, when I am inside the drive I am unable to create any new folders at the root level, even though when the drive was hooked directly into my laptop I was able to create the folders at root fine.

I can't think of any network permissions I would need to set. If any one here knows of a setting I have missed your assistance would be most helpful.

This is a family computer running Windows 10 Home. It is running on the same workgroup as the network hdd.

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A user here has about 20 different folders on the C:\ drive which they need shared - as they are networking it up with another system (Both systems Run XP Pro)

Do you have to share each one individually or is there a quicker way of doing it ?

A:20 Folders on C: drive - its dangerous to share the root of C:\ drive?

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In my opinion, games should be installed in SSD drive in order to benefit the decreased loading times. We would only get HDD speed if the games are installed in HDD drive.

Correct me if I'm wrong, please.


A:Games folders: Root drive (SSD) vs. data drive (HDD).

You're correct. However, games on an SSD do decrease the lifespan (due to the amount of writes), but most modern SSDs have such a long lifespan that it doesn't really matter anymore.

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hello guys/gals. this is my first post here. wonderful helpful site you have here ! thanks !
alright i may provide too much info, but i figure too much is better than not enough.
for starters, my wife's cousin was using my laptop to do online school work when the screen went blank, then changed to a solid red screen. all of those fake "windows restore" type error messages started popping up saying things such as failed hard drive, etc. then it started doing this scan and showed all of these problems that it detected. it prompted you to purchase their "bogus" program. luckily i was home and told her that was not legit and to avoid that. i grabbed the laptop from her, closed all of these 60 or so error messages, closed out this fake scan screen, and rebooted my pc. after reboot, everything appeared to be gone. my desktop icons were gone, my desktop image was gone and replaced with a solid red screen, everything in my start menu was gone.

i quickly realized that everything was not gone, but whatever had infected my computer had "hid" everything. i shut down again and hit my f8 key to reboot into safe mode. i have windows xp professional (5.1,build 2600) 32-bit. after hitting my f8 key, it pulled up the "windows advanced options menu" where i selected "safe mode with networking" so that i could troubleshoot and research the internet from the safety of safe mode. after selecting "safe mode with networking", i... Read more

A:possibly had / have root kit virus or restore / recovery virus that hid EVERYTHING and would not allow me access to safe mode

adding update. following your "remove system restore (uninstall guide)" in the exact order it was listed, after posting my initial post as suggested, i continued on to the next steps. i downloaded malwarebytes and ran a full system scan. here is a copy of the notepad txt file created with threats detected placed here as an attachment. i removed these threats as directed and restarted pc when malwarebytes prompted me to. my question is do i still need to run your step 19 which is to run the unhide.exe program ? i'm asking that because it APPEARS that everything is working like it should after me running the "pc recovery". i am now going to leave safe mode and reboot into normal mode without running unhide.exe, hopefully that will be ok. thanks again.

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I need to copy a file into my Windows 10 root drive (C:\). I cannot and get Error 0x80070522.
- Found a tool which I really don't want to use since it is for folders and sub-folders.
- Turned off User Account Control setting is set to the lowest.
- I don't have HomeUsers account in my Group Or User Names, Security Tab.
- The PC is my personal system.
- My PC at work has UAC security bar at medium and can still copy a file to my OS root drive.
So, how can I have access to my home PC's root drive (C:\)?

A:Still Cannot Access Root Drive ( C:\ )

You need to be running as an administrator to be able to do this and provide the permission at the UAC prompt. If you do this and it still does not work your account may be corrupted in some way. You could test this by creating a new account and seeing if it will work.

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Hi, this problem just occured recently.. I have two hard drives on my PC.. The C Drive, and a D drive. For some reason I am not able to delete files or folders from the root drive on D. Tells me Access is denied.. Make sure drive is not full, etc. I have no idea what has happened. Any help is appreciated Running XP Home SP2.. Thanks

A:Deleting From Root Drive

BTW, I am the moderator.. Only user on this PC. And unlocker does delete and rename the files but when your deleting thousands of files, it takes days to do it that way.

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In my data partition, I found a folder called software and inside it are a lot of programs, which, in the meantime, have all been installed on the root drive. I realized I don't know how to get rid of these programs, because they do not show up in add/remove programs. I haven't tried any of them, but simply assume they are active. They are things like Firefox 3.6 (sweet!), CCleaner 2.19, old things, as you can see. Do they need to be uninstalled in order to delete them? If I simply delete them, will there be files hanging around all over the place in the registry?

When I installed them back then on the data partition, it was so that if anything happened to my C-Drive, I would still have all the programs installed. Over the years, I probably thought they were installation programs, but they are actually the installed programs. Now what do I do?

A:Programs That Are Not On The Root Drive

If they do not appear in 'Start > 'All programs' or in 'Control Panel > Programs and Features', or listed in an uninstaller such as Revo or IoBit (if you have any such program) then they are not installed are they. The ones not appearing there just delete them from that data drive.
If any are installed, you need to launch them to check what VERSION they are and if need be update them.

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I have got my XP clunker DT and laptop to find basic files on my new w 7 pc but I cannot get it to share the root of the G secondary drive.
I know XP old you it was risky but did let you do it!


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OK, here is my problem... I reinstalled Windows XP and accidentally installed it on my D: drive. Now I want to change the system folders, prog files, etc and make the C: drive my default one. Is there any way to do this WITHOUT having to reinstall XP again?

thanks in advance

A:Changing root drive in XP?


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I hooked up a notebook HD to my PC because it wasn't booting in the notebook and I needed to pull the data off of it. When it started, XP wanted to do an Error Check. I allowed it. It ran and found some problem files and put them in a folder. Did not say where.

I tried to find the folder and found a new folder on my C:\ drive called Fixer. When I look at the properties it says it's 21MB, contains 217 Files, 2 Folders.

When I open it, it shows all my HDs (6 (including the new NB HD). When you click on one of them it goes to that drive. Properties on any of them show the entire contents of the drive. It's like a mirror of all my drives.

What is this? Did Error Check do this? The Icon is not a regular folder icon, it's a little monitor with a computer beside it.

This was not here last week.


A:New folder on Root Drive

Please do the following:

Publish a Snapshot using Speccy -


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I have discovered a huge number of similar files in the root directory of my C drive.  They all have names that start with "UDMFT" and end in 6 digits. The first one is 2,836,257 KB; and all the others are 1KB.  There is no extension on any of them.  I have looked at a couple of the smaller ones with Notepad, but they are unintelligible.  They were all created on 1/18/2015.
The second thing I wanted to ask about is all the TEMP***ROOT folders in the root directory.  The asterisks represent what mostly looks like filename extensions.  Almost all of them were created in March of 2014. I think this was when we were cleaning malware from this laptop.  I tried to find the topic, but couldn't.  I hesitate to say who I think was helping me, because I'm not 100% sure.
Can I safely delete these Temp folders?

A:Strange files in Root Directory amd multiple Temp***root folders

Don't delete things manually you might break something. To help clean up a lot of this stuff you right click your C drive. Go to properties under general tab 'disk cleanup' and then click 'clean up system files' button. Select what you want to delete. Careful though there are memory dumps, restore points and downloaded microsoft updates in there as well that you may want to keep. They can grow very large in size. However, they are all safe to delete through disk clean up. As an example on a Windows 7 updated to windows 10 you can delete the Windows 7 backup in there as well. Doing so you can't choose to go back to Windows 7. I made a clone of Windows 7 prior and after Windows 10 so for me I deleted it all & regained 20-30G's of disk space.

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Ok so i have 3 partitions C,D,J and for some reason when i tried to save to J it tells me tha i
dont have permision to save there and to contact the administrator but i am the administrator
and it tells me the same thing when i tried to save on the root of C drive too.
But the funny thing is tha i can copy and paste to both J drive and C drive i just can't save there.But i can paste and save to D drive.

A:I can't save to the root of C drive and J drive

Where are you trying to save it to?

You probably need to Take Ownership of the location your saving it to.

Unlocker may also help.

Additionally you may want to try an SFC Scan

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We are experiencing this problem with a few workstations and laptops and what we are currently doing is exporting the CA certificate from a workstation that has it in its store and importing it. The problem with this is that the certificate will eventually
expire and we will have to re import a new one again. I don't believe it is a group policy issue because other computers in the same OU are not missing the certificate.

Cany anyone shed light on how to troubleshoot this or how to force (if possible) the workstation to download the CA certificate?

Thank you in advance.

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I've a very nasty issue with root CA certificate that's disappearing from the trusted root authorities store. I'll shortly describe the environment: 
- Two tier PKI infrastructure with a offline, standalone root CA and a domain joined Enterprise issuing CA (both W2012R2); root CA certificate is published in AD
- There's a parent and child domain. Issuing CA lives in parent domain (2012R2 domain&forest level)
- Employees are working on a 2012R2 RDS&Citrix XenApp 76 server in the child domain
- In the parent domain several servers are using a SSL certificate signed by the company owned issuing CA; it's a SAN certificate
- The root CA's certificate is in the Trusted Root Certification Authorities store of all member servers in parent & child domain (so, that's also valid for the 2012R2 RDS servers)
The issue is that the certificate of the root CA that's in the trusted CA store of all RDS servers is being deleted on a regular base (at least once a day on each RDS-server). I enabled CAPI2 logging, but I couldn't find anything that makes sense. However
I'm able to reproduce this issue in very simple way: if I start IE11 on a RDS-server and browse to the IP-adres or NETBIOS-name of a webserver that host a site that's using a certificate from our PKI (so, it's clear that the URL isn't matching the names entered
in the SAN certificate) and I click on 'Continue to this website (not recommended)', the root CA's certificate is being removed from trusted... Read more

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Hi there,

I have 2 files with no extension situated in the root of each of my 4 drives. I am not sure how they got there and I cannot delete them as they are always in use by the system? I have attached a screenshot of a typical explorer folder view. The 2 circled (in red) files are the ones I am talking about.

Does anyone have any idea what they are there for and if it is something to worry about. I have a suspision that it is to do with some kind of drive monitoring. I have System Mechanic and Mcafee Quickclean and Internet Security installed if that has anything to do with it...

Thanks in advance, I'm at a loss and would hate to believe that its some kind of virus/spyware...


A:2 Un-Identified files in the root of each drive.

I have no idea, but IMO it might be some leftover files from your antivirus/antispyware program - maybe some quarantined or backup files.

But just to be sure that they aren't from rootkits, use Rootkit Revealer and Blacklight.

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Hi there TSGs.

This is my first foray into this site, and although I have been a computer professional for over 10 years and have built the system I'm using, I have run into a snafu I can't seem to dig my way out of.

There are more than 70,000 files in the root, numbered consecutively from 0 to 80 thousand and something with no extension. There are a few of them missing, and I could only delete these in safe mode because some are in use! It takes about 5 minutes to open the root. After deleting and rebooting, they have come back everytime.

A check of ClamWin's latest definitions came up with nothing. Neither did TrendMicro's Housecall Java virus check.

After going to the web to find any information on this kind of problem, I came up empty handed. I also couldn't find a similar problem in your Security forums, but I didn't read all the messages in all forums. There's nothing in HijackThis that appears unusual, but I don't use it often and you may spot something. I'm stuck...any help would be appreciated.


A:Root drive being overrun with files

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im trying to share the root of my F: drive via homegroup but by the looks of it security reasons it wont let me, is there a way around the security?
these are my own 2 home pc's not public

A:trying to share root drive on network

Quote: Originally Posted by Maxheadroom

im trying to share the root of my F: drive via homegroup but by the looks of it security reasons it wont let me, is there a way around the security?
these are my own 2 home pc's not public

Homegroups isn't really set up to share the root of the drive.

From the root of the C: drive, You need to use the NTFS Security Permissions for this plus some adjustments are required from the Sharing tab as well.

The following link explains how to share from the root of the C drive.

Solved Windows 8.1 map network

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Some programs install to C:\Program Files by default. Is there a way to prod them into another drive?
I am trying to install ACDSee to a drive which is not the root drive. I am using WinXP pro.

A:how do I install ACDSee to a drive other than the root

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What is aecache.dll doing in the root of my system drive?

The details tab says it is from microsoft. But the location is very unusual.

My searches have produced a long list of hits but no concrete info.

Does anyone truly know what this program is and why it is where it is?

A:what is aecache.dll doing in the root of my system drive?

aecache.dll is the "AECache Sysprep Plugin", so tied in with Sysprep. It is located on my computer in System32, which, according to what I found is the correct location. From TechNet: How Sysprep Works

Note: aecache.exe is not related, is located in startup and is detected as by F-secure.

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I have just made a clean install of W8 Pro. Then I installed a couple of apps.
I noticed that at the root of W8 drive there are only folders and no files shown such as bootmgr, BOOTNXT, etc.
What could be wrong?

A:No files displayed at root of W8 drive

To see those files you have to have "Hide protected Operating System files" unchecked in Folder Options/View.

See Folder Options - Open in Windows 8

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The root drive (C:\) is shared, nevertheless there is no access to subfolders,

How come that the root drive (C:\) is shared but no access is permitted to a particular subfolder (attached)?

How to force the sharing for the root and ALL the subfolders

Thank you



A:The root drive (C:\) is shared, nevertheless there is no access to sub

In addition to the sharing, you must check that both share and file permission are granted on the connected user for the folder to be visible, even with full disk being shared.

Particular from your screenshot, by default SQL Sever applies specific permissions on its data folders, granting only admins, the service account and system access to it. Most likely it will fail with the same error if you navigate normally on the local machine, not from the share.

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Ok, so I've run into a very tricky spot:

Yesterday, I successfully resolved a windows update issue (thread can be found here: Unable to get any updates at all: Error 800f0900 ).

Basically, one problem led to another and I ended up having to painstakingly transfer programs from my laptop to a flash drive and then to my desktop. When I finally found out what was the problem with my USB ports not working, I reinstalled the motherboard drivers, and everything seemed to work fine--for the USB 2.0 ports.

Now the USB 3.0 ports aren't working and I have no idea why. I tried downloading intel's drivers from their site and no luck. I tried downloading from the motherboard manufacturer's site and no luck. So, I finally looked at the hardware/device manager: "Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged. (Code 19)"

A:Intel USB 3.0 root hub and USB root hub registries missing/incomplete?

This could be handy for those might want to help you sorted it out, you to System Info - See Your System Specs

Could those Usb 3.0 drivers branded from another manufacturer?

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I just noticed them now when I was cleaning up my computer for a backup and defrag.

There are 256 files, all marked as type "System File", each having exactly 200MB (204,800KB) and all created on 7/12, from 3:23PM to 3:55PM.

The total size is 50GB, and they were all hidden. They have no file extension, and the namings:

They are all 5 characters long,
The first 3 characters are ~00
The 4th characters are numbers 0 to 9, letters a to f,
The 5th characters are also numbers 0 to 9, letters a to f.

Any ideas on what they are?

A:Random system files in the root of my drive

did you run a malwarebytes scan already?

I've seen malware generate files with the goal of filling your hard drive to take you down. 50gb with random names sounds malwarish to me.

Also you might want to google a couple of the filenames and see what kind of results you get.

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Ever since I have had my new HP laptop, every day one or two folders appear on the root c drive with a long jumbled name of letters and numbers. In any one such folder there is a large text file of apparently meaningless data. On the advice of knowledgeable friends I just get deleting them. My comp is running fine otherwise but I want to stop these folders appearing - am afraid its some kind of chronic virus. Any ideas anybody?

A:Unwanted folders appearing on my root c drive

Hi and Welcome to TSG!

Can you give some of the names of these folders please?

Kind Regards

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It does a boot scan - it says. But it scans a lot, and the "time clock" is off. I'm Pacific Daylight Time. I suspect it's GMT time. I would not expect a program to adjust my system time for its own uses.

aaw7boot.log - it's actually a text file named .log

See pasted and abridged copy:

Boot Cleaner
[~] Cleaning started at 2014-01-20 22:39
Boot Cleaner
[~] Cleaning started at 2014-01-21 01:06


Boot Cleaner
[~] Cleaning started at 2014-01-24 06:36
Boot Cleaner
[~] Cleaning started at 2014-01-24 15:20
Boot Cleaner
[~] Cleaning started at ... Read more

A:aaw7boot.log is in my root drive, reappears when I delete it.

Looks like it belongs to AdAware: Kaspersky Lab Forum > aaw7boot.log somebody know what it is.

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Each user has their personal folder on the network P:\. Users can save into any folder in this directory but cannot save directly to the root of their P:. If they go to a Windows XP PC they can save to the root of the P:\ but cannot do it on a Windows 7 PC. They get the error message "You can't save here. Please choose another locations."

A:Unable to save to root of network drive

For security reasons this is true on both Vista and Windows 7. You can save to my documents and other file locations in C but the root is protected and for good reasons. Although you can probably take ownership and make it work it's not advised. Take Ownership Shortcut

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I'm being driven mad by lazy developers who automatically create folders on my root C: drive and who don't provide Settings boxes for users to select their preferred folder locations.

With the advent of cheap external storage devices, the best place for user files isn't always (you might say is rarely) on the internal C: drive. Yet developers continue to design as though alternatives don't exist.

I've created all my top-level folders (such as My Pictures, My Music) on partitions of an external portable drive but I still find these and other folders being created on my (almost entirely system file) C: drive.

Can I take action to prevent unwanted folders being created?

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Hello ladies & gentlemen. I am looking for some suggestions of a program or two I can buy to help me seriously clean out my SDD Root Hard Drive. I manually deleted over 8 gigs over the last 3 days. But I feel like there is a lot more clutter.

What I currently use is CCleaner & Advanced System Care. I guess what I'm asking, is there anything that is more on a professional grade? A power scrubber that small businesses would use? I want to clear out unneeded registry files, left over install files, left over stuff from programs I have uninstalled, just technical term is "crap" left on the operating system hard drive.

I am using Windows 7 Ultimate x64. Thank you.

A:Software for serious cleaning of clutter on SSD Root Drive

Hello RB Mate just how large is your SSD? I am not quite sure what is meant by left over install files though and CC usually is all you need - there is a reg scan feature but if you go there be very careful and always make a backup of anything before you fix issues.

The pro version of CC is not really needed and I think 8Gb is not that much to be honest - I recently cleared 35GB out of a fix I was doing and regularly find 10 - 20 GB of clutter.

Also make sure you keep an eye on the cookies or you will be forever re entering passwords. (Click on the cog wheel > pick cookies form the left hand list > send the ones you want to keep to the right by clicking on them and then the little arrow to the right) When all are picked go back to the brush and run cleaner.

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Hi guys

This isn't the first time I've had this problem. Usually there's not that many visible folders in the root of the C drive - Windows, Program Files etc etc.

Today, when I looked in my C drive there's 100s of empty folders, many have the same name as those in the My Documents folder but are prefixed with a number. I've attached an image, this shows just a small capture of the C Root

In the passed I've just deleted all these empty folders but what the heck is causing it?

I have Kaspersky's Internet Sevurity 2009 and SuperAntiSpyware installed, both do regular scans.

Any help appreciated.


A:100s of Empty Folders in root of C drive???

Did you install some sort of Automotive repair program, thay all seem to be labeled with automotive related names.

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I have 2 files in my C Drive root directory that I'm not sure where they are from and what they do:1. An empty folder named GvTemp2. A file named "END" with the file extension ".file"Every time I delete either of these files, they are back on my drive when I reboot the system. I don't believe these 2 files are in anyway related, but they very well might be. There is not much information on the Internet about either of these two files.I believe that the GvTemp folder is created by the GIGABYTE OC_GURU software that I use for my GPU (Gigabyte G1 GTX 980TI). The OC_GURU software runs on startup (I use it to control the color of the WINDFORCE text on my GPU), so it makes sense that the GvTemp folder is recreated every time I launch my computer. But, like I said before, the GvTemp folder is empty, so I imagine it isn't functioning in anything of importance. I want to remove it and make sure it stays removed, but I do not want to remove the OC_GURU software. I contacted GIGABYTE support about this matter weeks ago and they are yet to reply, which is strange considering every other time I've contacted them about other matters they reply very promptly.Now the END file I know even less about. Supposedly the file is installed to your drive alongside Star Wars: The Old Republic, but I do not have that game and I have never had that game, so I do not know where this file is from. It is 1KB in size and when I open it using Notepad, the only text in it is "{}" Some people online have ... Read more

A:Two unknown items in my C Drive root directory

Programs frequently use temporary directories to create files they later delete. You probably will not spot when your graphics card driver uses this folder, but if you prevent it from being created you will likely cause serious issues.
The end.file file is too generic to help, but it looks like an empty JSON file judging by its contents, which is also harmless.
If these are your only symptoms, you can try running Hitman Pro and see if it turns anything up, or (as a last resort) post in the MRT section, but it doesn't seem like you're infected based on what you describe.
Generally it doesn't help you to obsess over what is created on your computer because programmers are awful at naming things, as you can see.

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I just did a custom install from Vista to Win7 with an upgrade disc. After completing the setup, deleting windows.old, and reinstalling all of my programs, I noticed that there were old folders on the C: drive. It is as if it didn't move anything from the root drive to the windows.old file.

I'm annoyed at myself for not noticing it sooner. Now I don't want to do another install since I spent all that time reinstalling the programs and configuring them for personal use.

I'm tempted to go in and just delete the old folders from the root drive, but I'm nervous. Honestly, I can't be certain of what should and shouldn't be there.
Is there anyway I can tell which folders on the root drive are leftovers? I thought about deleting according to the date modified stamp, but I'm not certain that is safe either.
Can anyone advise me? I really don't want to do another install of Win7, but I was pretty excited about starting with a true clean slate. I just can't help but wonder what else it left behind.


A:Custom Install and file on the C: root drive

What if you deleted the folders and left them in the Recycle bin? If something doesn't work, you can restore them.

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Okay, first, I will explain how I did this. I had two hard drives, a C and D drive. I installed windows on my D drive, but when I did, it put the files normally in the root of the drive (NTLDR, boot.ini, and whatever the others were) in the C drive, but no other files! well, I was wondering why it did this, and I unplugged my C drive from within my computer, tried to boot, and of course, it would not boot. so I plugged it back in, and it is saying the NTLDR is missing. is there a way I can create the NTLDR, boot.ini, and other files that are crucial to XP that normally sit in the root (C:\, D:\, etc) of the hard drive, preferably without formatting?

A:Accidentally got rid of system files in root of drive, whoops!

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I'm configured as Administrator and, up until a few days ago, I was able to save files directly to the root C:\ drive. I now get the error: ''The required privilege is not held by the client". I can still create/rename/delete folders on the drive, though, without that error message. This is only occurring on my C:\ drive; I can save files on all the drives OK.

I'm running Win 7 Pro 64-bit with NIS 2012.

Any ideas?

A:Cannot save files directly to root C:\ drive anymore

Stop saving files to the root of the C: drive, there I said.

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I installed Windows7 recently. I was changing permissions and accidently denied authenticated users to C drive. I was logged in as admin which is the only account. Now I cant access anythig in C Drive and cant execute any thing. I tried through safe mode as well but of no use. How can I regain access or reset permissions.

Any help would be appreciated!


A:cant access root drive - lost admin rights

Can you open the properties of your c:\ drive????

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Desktop PC wants to share its internal M: drive (all my music studio stuff) with Laptop. Both on Windows 8.1.
I have a wireless router, dual band, 2.4Ghz/5Ghz.

Whats the best way to do this?

Right click the drive and use Advanced Sharing?
Right click the drive and create a New Library?
Use HomeGroup?

(I tried creating a new library from the M: drive and then sharing with HomeGroup. Despite saying "Library now shared." it did have an error message saying that "File Sharing wizard can't share the root of a drive.")

NOTE: I also want to make sure that once this drive is shared, only my laptop can access it, not everyone else in the building.

Looking forward to hearing from you....

A:Whats the Easiest Simplest way to share root of a drive?

There is no such thing as root of a drive. Root is considered an administrator account. If you are wanting full access to a drive, you have to change security permissions to allow access for the whole drive to an administrator user, or enable the Administrator account.

The reason for the heavy security on Windows 8, is to protect users from their bad habits.

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I have two Windows Vista computers both connected through a wireless router and I have been trying to share the root of the C: drive on both of them. After doing some research, I found out that I needed to make a registry change to enable this, and now it works for one of the computers but not the other. The one it works on has a login name and password, the other one simply logs in without a password. So I am guessing that the problem is that there is no name and password to enter to login to this computer via sharing, but there has to be some way around this doesn't there? Does anyone know how I can share the root of the drive while not having a password on the administrator account?

A:File sharing the root of the drive on Vista computers

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Hi, I am running Windows XP Pro 32 bit SP3. My HDD is partitioned into 3 partitions, all under Windows XP i.e. C, D and E drives. My C Drive i.e. my root drive is getting full. (It is of 40 GB and has a few hundred MB remaining.) The other drives have at least 50% free. I have resized partitions on Windows Vista using GParted (on the Linux live CD). I am wondering if anyone knows if this would work on the root partition. Feel free to suggest other tools that are more well known or work well. I intend to do this over this weekend if possible. Thanks to you guys,O. O.

A:Resize i.e. Increase size of Root Parition/Drive

First, the correct terminology is "system partition" not "root partition". And yes, you can do what you want using a third party app such as GParted. But as is always the case when performing any drive level function you should make sure all critical data is backed up just in case there is some problem during the operation.

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For a while now, I don't know exactly how long, there has been always one file on my C: (system root) drive that I never made. It is a hidden system file, 479,249 bytes in size. If I delete it, on system restart, it regenerates, but with a different name. I'll proceed to delete it and see if the hash is the same after restart. Right now, the name is NDSGQ, and the SHA-256 hash is 21200fcfb2194e02058d0eb976238c66f4ad516677eea98d73a2e83a583a5d6f. The name is always 5-all caps letters. I have NTFS compression enabled, and yes, the file compresses itself. I have no idea what it is. I've uploaded it to VirusTotal, and it has come back negative, but McAfee-GW-Edition says that "Heuristic.BehavesLike.Exploit.CodeExec.O". I will post back to see if the hash is the same.
The VirusTotal scan details are here:

EDIT: Strange...the file hasn't re-generated this time...

A:Random Files Created in System Root Drive

Never compress the System drive as it may become unbootable if the boot files compress.

If you have MucAfee then you have much worse worries. It's the worst possible thing you can install on Win7, cause of endless problems we see here. Almost all issues are traced to it when its present, probably this one too.

To uninstall MucAfee you must use a special tool like is used with any other really bad infection: How to uninstall or reinstall supported McAfee products using the Consumer Products Removal tool (MCPR)

I'd replace it with Microsoft Security Essentials or Avast which are recommended by almost everyone here where we know Win7 best.

In addition if you're still running the HP preinstalled Win7, that is the worst possible install of Win7 one can have with the worst load of bloatware in the industry. That's why most tech enthusiasts choose to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to get a perfect install based on the tools and methods which work best. Read the Note to HP Owners at end for special considerations.

At the minimum I'd Clean Up Factory Bloatware.

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I thought i had all my permissions and sharing done correctly until i tried to edit a text file across my network on another windows 7 machine. When i go to save the file it ask me "save as" which it never did while trying to do the same thing on a windows xp machine. Well after the save as i try to save over the existing file and it as if i wanna replace the file then after hitting ok i get Access Denied message.

-I have sharing on the drive and the file set to Everyone with full access
-I have security tab setup so Everyone and Administrators have full access on both drive and file
-I tried changing ownership of the file several times and that has done nothing on both drive and file
-Also tried owership with inheritance turned off and on
-Even tried with firewalls/av software turned on and off
-The file is not blocked or anything like that
-UAC is turned off on both machines
-I can edit the file locally
-I have notepad set to "Run as Administrator" on both windows 7 machines
-I can write to the root C: such as copying over a .exe file or something like that. The issue is editing a text file only.

I can edit a text file on the root C drive on a windows xp machine but not any windows 7 machines across network. I am guessing i must of missed some windows 7 permissions policy some where to enable this. Now i can edit a file on windows 7 machines if it's not on the root of the drive say C:\testfolder\testfile.txt

A:Access denied editing text files to root C drive

Just a thought; would that file be set read only on the Windows 7 computer?

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My pc is a stock Asus G53SX-A1, no hardware changes. Yet it says the reason I got a blue screen was due to hardware changes. My computer froze and rebooted during a video game. So I have been experiencing the classic startup repair loop and I tried everything I could find on google without progress. When I try to the option to fix the problem automatically it says it wasn't able to help and tells me the root cause is because there is no hard drive detected, and that if a hard drive is installed it is not responding. I can't detect in command prompt, but somehow I can see contents of it through BIOS so its really odd. When I tried to reinstall windows it says it can't find a hard drive to install on and I need to insert a drivers disk so I can set up the hard drive to continue. So I put in my Asus drivers disk and yet it tells me there's no drivers detected. I looked at the Asus website and all the downloads they have available are the same as on that same drivers disk it said it couldn't find drivers on. So right now my main problem is my pc doesn't detect that I have a hard drive at all even though I do, the same one the pc came with. This laptop has worked fine for almost a year and this issue just came out of nowhere, so any ideas as to why my HD would suddenly disappear in my computers eyes? I even moved the HD to the secondary slot to see if maybe the primary slot had gone bad since I had an issue once with my desktop that was fixed by moving my RAM stick to a different ... Read more

A:startup repair loop, root cause: no hard drive detected

What must have happened when your computer locked up is that the OS lost the ability to write to the hard drive while in the middle of writing to it, which compromised the safety protocols and damaged the MBR or other system file that has compromised the operating system.

You have access to a working computer in order to make this post. I would attach your Asus G53SX-A1 hard drive to this one as a secondary device and run some disk utilities on it. Try a chkdsk repair or better yet, use a feature rich 3rd party diagnostic tool.

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I have a problem that I can't seem to fix; my external (USB) HDD has first level root directory that turns into an executable file whenever I plug in my hdd. The icon still shows as a folder but it type is "application". What it does is it hides the original folders that actually have my files in, then makes a copy of the same folders except it's now an exe file rather than a folder. When I double click on it to open it, it takes about 8 seconds an then it opens in a new window - but it opened to the right (hidden) folder. Inside these hidden folders, everything looks alright.
I can delete these exe files and go and unhide the other folders and I'm good again till next time I plug in my hdd.
I plugged in my other (backup) external USB hdd, and it did the exact same thing. But on my C Drive everything looks good and right.
I did run an AVG scan which yielded some stuff and I removed those but it still keeps doing the same thing.
Any ideas to what causes this and how I can fix this would be greatly appreciated!

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PC is on domain.
When entering path to a folder of another PC on the local network through it's administrative share i.e. "\\remotepc\c$\users\username\desktop" I get the message in the attached screen-grab.
When I enter the path to the root drive "\\remotepc\c$" I get prompted for credentials, enter the cred's and then can browse the entire drive and sub-directories.
Does anyone know why you don't get prompted when entering the sub-directory directly?

A:Can't directly browse sub-folders below root drive on local network PC

Welcome to Seven Forums,

Please try it again, I've seen/experienced this behavior. I'd try to.... click on the Start button then type e.g \\dispatch2\c$\ press enter after...

then navigate to the C$, and locate the Desktop folder or any folder that you wish to access.
In my case..... \\dispatch2\c$\Users\Public\Desktop

If that didn't work we'll try a different tactic.

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Hi all,

I just finished installing Windows 7 Ultimate X64 on an Asus motherbord, i5 intel. I was checking the root folder my C:\ drive, and I realized that besides the standard folders (Program Files (x86), etc.) there is a file called bootsect.exe

Why is this there, and can I delete it?

1) I used Acronis 2014 to wipe my SSD drive (fast)

2) Installed Windows 7 by choosing the advance option (not the upgrade)

When I look at my hard drive structure via the Disk Management, I do see the proper (and hidden) 100MB NTFS System Reserved partition, *in addition to* my regular OS.

Is there anything wrong with this then?

Thanks for your help.

A:Bootsec.exe on root of C:\ drive (Fresh Win7 Ultimate Install)

Please post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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This has been occurring a lot lately. Whenever I browse to the C:\ root folder using Windows Explorer, WE freezes for a few seconds. I then see (and hear) the floppy disk drive (A:) attempting to read, and then WE is functional again. It may or may not occur again if I navigate to C:\Documents and Settings or its subfolders, but will not occur on any other subfolder in C:, such as Program Files, but will happen again if I navigate back to C:.

How do I prevent this from occurring?

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Whenever I browse to the C:\ root folder using Windows Explorer, or browse there using any file dialog window, that window freezes for a few seconds. I then see (and hear) the floppy disk drive (A: ) attempting to read, and after that the window is functional again. It may or may not occur again if I navigate to C:\Documents and Settings or its subfolders, but will not occur on any other subfolder in C:, such as Program Files, but will happen again if I navigate back to C:.

How do I prevent this from occurring?

A:Computer attempting to read from floppy drive when accessing C: root folder

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Root Kit Buster

I have scanned a number of times with Trend Root Kit Buster and each time it had found two discrepancies and each time I tried to “fix it”, they were “unable to fix”.

I’ve used TDSSKiller and it found no root kit. I used Blacklight and it found a root kit, but no way of removing it.

I've attached the MS Paint of Trend Report Unable to Fix, and the Trend Notepad Log of discrepancies follows:

| Trend Micro RootkitBuster
| Module version:
| Computer Name: ACER-PC

--== Dump Hidden MBR, Hidden Files and Alternate Data Streams on C:\ ==--
MBR unsupported disk type
No hidden files found.

--== Dump Hidden Registry Value on HKLM ==--
No hidden registry entries found.
--== Dump Hidden Process ==--
No hidden processes found.

--== Dump Hidden Driver ==--
No hidden drivers found.

--== Service Win32 API Hook List ==--
Service API : Z
Image Path : C
OriginalHandler : 0x80655a96
CurrentHandler : 0xf561b6d0
ServiceNumber : 0x107
ModuleName : u
SDTType : 0x0
No hidden operating system service hooks found.

--== Dump Hidden Port ==--
No hidden ports found.

--== Dump Kernel Code Patching ==--
Driver Name : PfModNT
DeviceObject at : 0134E020
1 Kernel code patching found.

--== Dump Hidden Services ==--
No hidden services found.

Any views or thoughts?

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All of a sudden this week, I have noticed that we are getting a ton of Empty random alpha numeric folders with amd64 etc folders within it stacking up in the root of the C driver, some computers and servers  have 20+ folders,  they are empty
folders but its weird.

A:Random Alpha Numeric folders keep popping up in our Server and windows 7 computers C Drive Root

They keep coming back though and they stack up a lot, they were never there before it was just recently it started.  Only thing in them is empty x86 folders, sometimes amd64
As I said before, the folders are temporary folders created as a result of installation/uninstallation or during an update install/uninstall, as you can see the folders as x86 or amd64, which denotes the architecture of the installation files.The update is
of non-Microsoft products only. Check with event logs for additional information.Balaji Kundalam

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I will assume that my problem is unique, i.e., that there are no previous postings on this precise topic. First of all, I am certain that I "corrupted" my C-Drive myself, when I aborted a format that was in progress. I give Bill Gates all the blame for this, however, for not making the onscreen instructions 100% unambiguous (MS needs competition that will scorch their short & curlies, which is what I hope will happen when Chrome OS arrives). You see, I had my Dell recovery CD in the DVD player while this was going on, because I had tried to reinstall using the recovery CD, and when that wouldn't work (because the recovery CD was SP2 and I had downloaded and installed SP3 in the meantime - the installation program informed me of this snag), I went to MS DOS and tried to reformat there. Fdisk is no longer available (I used to format that way with Win 3.11, 95 & 98), so I can't recall how I finally got to where I thought I wanted to be, but I think that I just wrote in "format C: /s" in the command prompt, which is what my old MS DOS 6.22 manual says, but it returned "bad command" (I believe), so I tried (I believe) "format C:". Whatever I did, it seemed to work, because it asked for a "Y/N" confirmation, which I complied with ("Y"). For a moment there, I was happy, but when I confirmed, my CD ROM drive began to whir, and that scared the heck out of me, because I feared that I was erasing the danged thin... Read more

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I don't know how but somehow, a shortcut to my C Drive or hard drive was created and it's found in the videos folder lol. Is it safe to delete it? I don't want to lose my entire hard drive if I do this.

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Hi there,

I want to use ROBOCOPY to move any file that is older than 30 days.
I've tried this command but it seems to move the file anyway, even though the file is only 4 days old:

robocopy * C:\b2d C:\archive /mov /minage: 01-04-2011

From "/minage: 01-04-2011" i thought it would only move files that are at least 30 days or more old. But this seems to move everything.

Can anybody explain why this is happening? Is it because i used a wildcard on files, will that not look at the file age?


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Hi, I have 2 questions which I desperately need help with. Here's the question: 1. robocopy shoud Run in a separate terminal window and recheck file system changes every minute. 2. write a continous logfile that contains all detected file system changes including full pathnames of affected files. How do I do this?

A:Robocopy (help please)

This is one way, put this in a batch file:

robocopy command here
timeout 120 > nul
goto Start

Lots and lots of robocopy parameters, one of which is /log:file (file being the file you want info logged ion). > nul hides the Timeout in n seconds message.

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I have been forced by the man to switch to vista. I had a simple xcopy to duplicate a folder structor. Would someone be kind enough to translate this into robocopy for me?

xcopy r:\_DND\*.* r:\SMcbrid2\ /E /O

Thanks for the help


Here you go:

ROBOCOPY r:\_DND\ r:\SMcbrid2\ *.* /E /COPYALL

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I have created a robocopy.bat as below :

robocopy C:\Users\Faust_000\Documents\Alfredo "F:\Backups Documents" /e /mir /z /np /tee /log:Alfredo_log.txt

and I have created a Planned Activity into the Planning Utility to run at certain time every day.

Now my question is :
1. if manually activeted by double click robocopy.bat it perfectly works and the log.tx file is created
2. if I execute the robocopy by the Planned Activity (by manually Excute or automatically at the planned time) the robocopy is done correctly but the log.txt file is not created or updated.

I did both on W7 Professional 64bit and on W8.1 64bit but no difference.
Could someone help me to understand why the difference of results manually and via Planned Activity ?
Thank in advance.


I don't use Robocopy or Planned Activity but it might perhaps be related to the current directory when the bat file is executed. If so, the other log file should be somewhere on your system and you could search for it.

I mean when you manually run the bat file you get a certain "current directory", but in the other scenario you get another directory. You can try to include a path for the log parameter or move to a certain directory with the cd command in the bat file, before the robocopy command.

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Does Robocopy /MIR copy all files or just the ones that are added and those that are changed? I don't want to start this if it is going to take hours and hours. thanks...

A:Robocopy /MIR

Just the changes.

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I have Windows Vista Home Premium and somebody recently mentioned to me about Robocopy to use from cmd. Unfortunately I got into a mess and cmd froze so that I had to force shut down.

Can somebody kindly let me know how to use robocopy to copy files and directories my document on C: drive into external hard drive J: in a simple language as possible.

Thank you very mcuh.


This is how robocopy is used:
How to Copy Vista to Another Hard Drive |

That being said, I would like to mention that in several years of helping out at the Vista Forum, this is the first question about robocopy. Most members use Macrium Reflect to make monthly backups. These backups are always available in the event of a catastrophe with the OS. It can also be used to transfer to another drive.
Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

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how do I access a command line to be able to use robocopy? when I use the regular command prompt, I get an error message that says Robocopy is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file. What am I doing wrong?


Where did you get the program? Sounds like it's corrupted.

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Basically I would like to copy from my Skydrive to copy to my NAS once a day everyday. I know some of the basics but need help with specifics like copy to folder and making sure the newest file exists as the saved copy.

Here we go!

Robocopy C:\Users\Clive\SkyDrive\Documents B:\ /
Thanks guys for comments!

A:Robocopy. Can someone help please!

If your looking for a clean way to do that, you should look at Microsoft Richcopy which is a GUI'd + version of Robocopy. I've used it for years and it works fine under Windows-8.

For more info see: Free Utility: RichCopy, an Advanced Alternative to RoboCopy
Online Guide & extra info: RichCopy Guide - ETCwiki

Hope it helps.

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Hello all,

To save my life I could not get the Robocopy GUI to work. I have no problem using it with command line by dropping in to CMD.

Tried the GUI it reported that the job is finished as soon as I click "RUN" but nothing copied.

Thank you kindly,

A:I need some help with Robocopy GUI please.

Why not just put the command line commands in a bat file and run them like that? It's how I do my backups.

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We are looking to migrate a SQL database to a new server. The database is for an imaging software and has pointers to the images. We are going to move the database in the next week or two. I wanted to start copying the image files to the new server to prepare for the migration (about 300 gig of 17k files). I understand that robocopy is a good program to accomplish this. I am looking to copy all the files, folders, and subfolders over, then copy only the changes over nightly. What is the correct command line that I should use to accomplish this? Can I save it to a bat file and use windows task scheduler to have it run nightly?

Thanks in advance for all of the help!


Are you migrating to a server that will be running the same software? Why not use an SSIS package? That way, you can migrate the complete database to the new server and just point your programs as necessary.

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Need to back up data-drive regularly on drive F and send to data-drive G

Robocopy has been mentioned as win7 built-in. I'm confused what is it & how to use it?

A:Robocopy how?

ROBOCOPY - Create Backup Script

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Too much info in another thread...

Happened when after changing password to hom group in win7 RC. Lost access to root drive C: in my admin user. Was not able to change permissions in normal mode but was able to add user in safe mode.

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Problem description: after my Vista laptop crashed (hung up in windows start-up loop) I used

robocopy c:\ d:\complete /mir ..... from the restore cmd prompt to make a backup of ca. 50gb to external hdd.

I then installed Windows 7 on the machine and used

robocopy d:\complete c:\complete /mir ... so I would be able to pull whatever folder I need to the new system.

The problem is the in both version I can see robocopy in the cmd shell copying the files in their respective folder hierarchy (which takes ages!). But on both, C: and D:\complete, I only see a folder "4d0a0xxxxx00e8e4c7332a3a394c". Right-click on the folder gives a size of approx. 6mb only, although my c: hdd space was reduced by ca. 50gb???? So, I assume the restore did work, and this is a permission problem.

I tried to take ownership of the folder under the new system to no avail. (just to clarify: i use the same username and pwd under win7 as under vista, and lost pwd is not an issue, in case i would need it to gain access)

All input highly appreciated! Thanks,

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Within ROBOCOPY i need to write a script that will compare one folder to the other. The differences will be copied to a third folder and after copied to a third folder be copied back to the second folder.

Compare Folder 1 to Folder 2. Differences in 1 to 2 get copied to Folder 3 and after copied it will be copied to folder 2.

Anyone have any ideas?

A:RoboCopy question

Hi and Welcome!
May be better in the development section of the forum, as that is for scripting.
Click the red triangle next to your post and ask for it to be moved.
Kind Regards

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Having trouble with quotes and folder names with spaces.
Cannot get it to run w/o an error.

SET _source=\\fs1\data\shared\"Carolyn Kris Nancy"
SET _dest=\\fsarchive\archiveshare\"Carolyn Kris Nancy"

ROBOCOPY %_source% %_dest% %_what% %_options%

I receive this error;
E:\Batch Move>robobatcharchive
ROBOCOPY :: Robust File Copy for Windows :: Version XP010
Started : Wed Apr 25 10:35:14 2012
Source - \\fs1\data\shared"Carolyn\
Dest - E:\Batch Move\Kris\
Files :
Options : /COPYAT /R:1000000 /W:30
ERROR : Invalid Parameter #3 : "Nancy \\fsarchive\archiveshare"Carolyn Kris Nanc
Simple Usage :: ROBOCOPY source destination /MIR
source :: Source Directory (drive:\path or \\server\share\path).
destination :: Destination Dir (drive:\path or \\server\share\path).
/MIR :: Mirror a complete directory tree.
For more usage information run ROBOCOPY /? or read Robocopy.Doc.
NOTE: Read "True Replication" in Robocopy.Doc prior to first use of /MIR !
**** /MIR can DELETE files as well as copy them !
E:\Batch Move>robobatcharchive

A:Solved: RoboCopy

You need to put the quotes around the entire path:
"\\fs1\data\shared\Carolyn Kris Nancy"

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I've never had a backup routine but am about to begin. Was going to implement RAID 1 but after some forum education am finding out a removable backup disk is what I really want. So, should I assume Robocopy (likely with GUI) is still the way to go for my simple /E /Purge needs? I will be mirroring both a small system drive and a 2Tb data drive.


A:Robocopy still the best option?

Use Macrium Reflect Backup and Hard Disk Imaging for Windows 7, Vista, XP and Server 2003/2008

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I've just recently realized that copying folders to a backup hard drive resets their "created" date. Should my computer ever crash, all my backup files will state to have just been created on that certain date.

Me, being the organize-freak I am, have been looking for a solution so my backed up files can have the same time stamps as on my computer right now.

I've done a little searching, and have found that people always recommend Robocopy. Problem is, I can't understand a word of the tutorials. Is there anyone with a layman's explanation for how to run Robocopy to carry out what I want?

And also just for the heck of it, is Robocopy the only solution? Is there some sort of back up program on Windows 7 that can do that?


A:Timestamp/Robocopy help

Some of the other posters have had similar problems, book1245, so here are a couple of references to other posts that might offer a little bit of guidance:

There’s some help for you in this thread: "Date Modified" changes when copying... Take a look at the post from Bill2 which has, among other things, this site: How to copy or move files and folders whilst maintaining their original time date stamp. |, (and offers advice about your Robocopy problem as well), and the post from Casca which offers this advice: In a command window, run [xcopy] with the following switches: /s/e/c/a/k/h.

See also the post from huge in this thread: "easy transfer" resets folder modified date who apparently found a way to fix his problem, with only a mild amount of pain.

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With the Robocopy command of Windows 8.x, how do I do a copy of a file (renaming it) in the same directory of the source file?



A:Robocopy and same directory

You can't. Use copy or xcopy if you want to rename.
xcopy c:\test\old.txt c:\test\new.txt

Note xcopy will always prompt you with "Does c:\test\new.txt specify a file name or a directory name on the target" so you would probably be better off with
copy /v c:\test\old.txt c:\test\new.txt

where the /v verifies the copy.

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Evening all,

Just curious to know if anyone uses the built in utility to backup software on your machine, im trying to backup my itunes folder to an external HD but having a few issues to get this to work properly! I also use sync toy for backing up but just really want to know what everyone else uses?

As for image backups you cant beat Macrium Reflect imo

A:Anyone use robocopy to backup?

I don't use it myself, but have you tried the Robocopy GUI? On the same site there is a write-up of the RichCopy tool.

I haven't tested RichCopy on Win7 but I have tested the Robocopy Gui and it works fine.

EDIT: I just downloaded and installed RichCopy and it appears to be working fine in Win7.

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I've been using Robocopy for a while now and I have found it to be a simple and mostly efficient tool to mirror contents from one drive to another, and I've created a couple of batch files to simplify typing in parameters, like "AF ? ?" to copy my data files from one drive to another.

The thing is, for the last two days my data contents have been mirrored to my HDD partitions and a USB device absolutely fine - only a few files have been modified each time and I can rest assured that the contents are identical. The whole process has only taken a few moments.

But last night, the clocks went back and then earlier today I ran Robocopy once again to mirror my data contents. The HDD copy went without a hitch, but when running it to mirror contents to the USB device it started to recopy EVERYTHING over to it, naming all the files "Older"! What's more, I check the "modified" date/times on both sides and they're identical! I can only assume that the change in the clock from yesterday is the cause, and something unique to FAT32 file format (which the USB is).

The least I want to do is not to copy files with an older timestamp on top of new ones (if that's what's happening) so is there a way I can still use /MIR and use the /XO (exclude older) switch as well?

A:Robocopy help required

Well, I'm trying the /XO switch, and it seems to have worked so far.

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We are migrating our file server from Novell to Windows and I will be using Robocopy to do the copy. i know I cannot move the Novell rights so I have setup the folders (blank) on the destination ahead of time with the rights I want. I was going to just use the MIR switch to keep things in sync but read that MIR could overwrite the rights on the destinantion, is this true? I am not trying to do anything with rights and don't want any rights being assigned or changed.
Am I better off using /E /Purge or /MIR.....or would I be better off with a different program like RichCopy.
Thanks for the advise,

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Hi all, quick question.

I have used Robocopy to back up all my photos etc. for yonks, set it so that it mirrored by files on my main laptop. I have since had the need for faster and bigger storage and so have invested in a NAS. Awesome.....BUT...

when I run my script it no longer detects that a copy of the file already exists - it thinks every file is 'newer' and so it copies everything again (not funny given it's 50Gigs!)

My script consists of several lines like's very simple(!)..

robocopy "c:\Users\Steve\my pictures" "\\LS-XHLA97\backup\sr-backup\pictures" /mir /xd *.lrdata

robocopy "c:\Users\Steve\Modo" "\\LS-XHLA97\backup\sr-backup\Modo" /mir

Any ideas? Or suggestions for another way of doing this type of backup?

Many thanks

A:Robocopy and NAS problems...

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Good Afternoon,

I am trying to do work for a client of mine, and I am having problems with the robocopy command that i am using.

Here is the command
robocopy.exe \\USER2\Photos \\SERVER1\photos /e /m /R:10 /W:2 /XF CLIENTroboPhotos.bat robophotos.log /xd c:\photos\photos-add /V /log:\\USER2\Photos\robophotos.log

Copys from Users 2 photos folder and copies it to the server photos directory

then i put a command to do /xd c:\photos\photos-add which is suppose to exclude it, which it doesn't.

It just keeps replicating each other in each folder.... Catch my drift?
Please someone who is good with Robocopy, take a look at the script and see if you see a flaw in it.

Thank you!

I just cleared 15-16 extra space on the server, and now i am back to where i use to be 256 megs free.....

A:Robocopy Issue

anybody? have an aswer for this?

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Hi All,

Quick question regarding robocopy. I am not that great in using it but I did manage to figure out that how to do basic copying and mirroring. My main issue is copying over files that have security permissions.

At this point, I have this:
robocopy c:\foldername e:\foldername /copyall /mir
What would I add and does it matter where I place the syntax for it to work?

Help appreciated.

EDIT: Figured out the security part. How would I get the script to still copy everything in the folder if its being used by someone else or they forgot to close it?


A:Robocopy script

Robocopy cannot do it by itself.

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I have been using xcopy to copy data from a file server to a flash drive. That works OK, but after some time the flash drive is cluttered with files and folders that have been moved or deleted from the file server.

I want the flash drive to mirror what is on the file server, so I decided to give ROBOCOPY a try (version XP010 on a Windows XP computer). Here is the line in my batch file:

ROBOCOPY \\fileserver\share\frank\somefolder E:\somefolder /COPYALL /B /MIR /R:0 /W:0 /LOG:MyLogfile.txt

This works fine except the log file reports Error 3 "The system cannot find the path specified" for files in only one subfolder, and deletes all the files in that subfolder from the flash drive.

The subfolder name is "Computer" (which as far are I know isn't a reserved name), and it has the same attributes and NTFS permissions as all of the others.

Any ideas what the problem could be?

A:RoboCopy Issue

Noone uses Robocopy?

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Hello everyone been lurking around for awhile, so much knowledge on this forum.

I hope someone can help me, I am just a noob, don't know to much.

I ecently purchased a synology Network Attached Storage (NAS).

and I would like to set up so that files tranfer from one folder to the next automatically, I am not sure what type of line to put into the command prompt?

The original folder is C:\user\recordedtv the other one is on my network and shows up as DISKSTORAGE i have a folder on there called beyondtv and would like to copy all files from C:\user\recordedtv.
How would I do this?

A:Robocopy Synology

Welcome to Seven Forums,

You may definitely setup to sync and backup files automatically to your NAS. Pls check out SyncToy, its a Free cool utility from Microsoft and its easy to setup. Sync files with your NAS ? Cogito, ergo sum

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Robocopy is a nice tool for backup scripts but for casual use there are a large number of Gui interfaces and Shell Extensions to make using it easier but i am trying to find the one that is the most intuitive and i was wondering if anyone has a list or knows of a place where i can compare the various utilities out there.

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I'm trying to use Robocopy to copy from My Documents to a network path similar to the following: \\it\shared documents\my folder. When I try to use Robocopy, I receive the following in the log file.

D:\Documents and Settings\<my user>\My Documents\TMI\
2008/09/29 13:05:45 ERROR 31 (0x0000001F) Changing File Attributes D:\Documents and Settings\<my user>\My Documents\TMI\
A device attached to the system is not functioning.

Googling this error code hasn't gotten me very far. Any ideas?

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I have a quick question, is the Robocopy.exe in Windows 8.1 compatible with Windows XP or do I have to use the one in the Resource Kit?

I could download the kit, but I don't want to download the entire resource kit on each client that uses our software, as our software that utilizes it only requires the robocopy.

A:Question about Robocopy

You can use the Download Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools from Official Microsoft Download Center for XP

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I am copying files with dates in the filename (filename_20091127.txt) from one location to another. How can I drop the date from the filename when moving/having moved the files accross? The file types and filenames vary from file to file but the date format will always be '_YYYYMMDD'. Is this something that can be done with RoboCopy and if so, how? If not, with what and how? Thanks in advance.

A:RoboCopy Query

Robocopy doesn't rename files.

Welcome to TSG!

For this, I'd use RenameMaster, and just remove the last 9 characters of the file name.

It's on the Scripting tab, about 8th item down, Remove Beginning/Ending

If this is a daily occurrence, you could write a batch file to remove the date after all the files are copied. Not too hard to just remove the last 9 characteers in a name.
If you need to check for resulting duplicates or confirm it's actually an underscore followed by a date it would get more complex.
Setlocal EnableDelayedExpansion
Set _Folder=C:\Location of Files
PushD %_Folder%
For /F "Tokens=* Delims=" %%I In ('Dir /B "%_Folder%\*.*"') Do (
Set _Fname=%%~nI
Rename "%%I" "!_Fname:~0,-9!%%~xI"


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I'm trying to add a switch /MAXLAD:n Excludes files with a Last Access Date older than n days or specified date. If n is less than 1900, then n is expressed in days. Otherwise, n is a date expressed as YYYYMMDD.

I only want files that has been modified starting from Sept. 01, 2008 to current.

Am I inputting this correctly? Help


A:Anyone familiar with Robocopy?

DUH, I figured it out, I took removed the "/" from the date portion.

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Hello Everyone,

I have been working on this for the past three days getting no where.

The system I am trying this on is a Win7 64 bit Home Ed., what I am trying to do is get a batch file created where it copies certain files to an external hard drive. Yes I am already using the Windows Backup that is included but I want to do this as an extra measure.

I have been trying to get the following command to work:

robocopy C:\Users\pare80\Documents E:\backup\Docs /E /CREATE /MIR /SEC /ZB /R:3 /V /FP /TEE /XJ

It looks like the command ran, but when I go to the E drive the folder backup is there but nothing else.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thank You,

-- ParE

A:Robocopy Issues

Take the switch /CREATE away from your string. It only copies the folder (directory) structure with 0-lenght files (placeholders). Your command string should otherwise work just fin. Remember to run command prompt as administartor.

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After installing Nvidia drivers, Realtek drivers, and JMicron E-sata drivers, I now have .log text files on the root of my "C" drive. Are these accessed next time I update the driver or can I get rid of them? I can't seem to find anything about these. I know they are there for a reason but I like things to be tidy. Thanks

A:.Log text files on root of "C" drive

Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd

After installing Nvidia drivers, Realtek drivers, and JMicron E-sata drivers, I now have .log text files on the root of my "C" drive. Are these accessed next time I update the driver or can I get rid of them? I can't seem to find anything about these. I know they are there for a reason but I like things to be tidy. Thanks

Hey Nate

They are probably from the current upgrade. You can cinfirm it by opening one of them woth notepad and see if it is giving things like success, fail, etc. Or if it is giving you rev numbers.

To be safe move them to a different folder and reboot. Any grief put them back none and recyle them

Ken J+

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The default copy switch of robocopy is /COPYAT if you don't specify any copy options. This is the code I'm using:

robocopy C:\ D:\Backup RAMDisk.img /copyall /R:5 /W:15 /V /log:\Users\Kevin\Desktop\robocopy_log.txt

The RAMDisk.img file that I'm copying is a compressed image file. Now with that syntax /COPYAT will be used which means that it will copy all attributes of that file. Whenever I run this, I successfully copy the file but it doesn't retain the compression attribute of that file.

What could be wrong with this? Both source and destination are NTFS-formatted.

A:Backing up files using Robocopy

Although compression is indicated via a file's attributes, I'm not sure if that particular property actually transfers with the copy, even with Robocopy. If you copy to a compressed folder (folder and contents) then I would think the copy would be compressed. And if that folder is not compreesed, files that are placed there will be uncompressed (even if you are copying a compressed file to that location).

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I'm transfering around 216GB of files from my old hard drive to my new one using a SATA->USB converter cable (I only have one HDD slot). Using robocopy to transfer the files, the system freezes completely - nothing responds at all and any status LEDs that are lit at the time remain lit. My only option is to turn off the power. The clock will show the time of the crash (i.e., it stops).

I've yet to 'witness' the crash, but when I leave the computer alone for a bit and come back later on, I find it locked up.

Strangely, since then, I'm now using a normal drag+drop to copy the files, and it hasn't crashed in all the time it's been copying so far.

There's nothing in the event logs... Any ideas?

A:System freezes when using robocopy

Quote: Originally Posted by CreepinJesus

I'm transfering around 216GB of files from my old hard drive to my new one using a SATA->USB converter cable (I only have one HDD slot). Using robocopy to transfer the files, the system freezes completely - nothing responds at all and any status LEDs that are lit at the time remain lit. My only option is to turn off the power. The clock will show the time of the crash (i.e., it stops).

I've yet to 'witness' the crash, but when I leave the computer alone for a bit and come back later on, I find it locked up.

Strangely, since then, I'm now using a normal drag+drop to copy the files, and it hasn't crashed in all the time it's been copying so far.

There's nothing in the event logs... Any ideas?

What version of Teracopy? I had similar problems with the free version. there is nothing in event viewer>windows log>applications?

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