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Old January 27th, 2008, 07:30 PM
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Question Skipping automatically over access denied files in copying mass files

I'm trying to backup my entire contents of one folder with many subfolders into another folder, the problem I get is that random files in these files i'm trying to copy over have access denied on them. In other words when I'm doing a copy operation, it breaks the entire operation to give me an error msg saying how 1 file is access denied and cannot be copied to the destination. This stops the whole copy operation, does not clue me where it stopped, and leads me to go digging through all the subfolders to find the location of where it stopped and try to select all the remainder of the files except for this problem 1 to continue the copy operation. If this happens multiple times, you can imagine the anguish.

I've tried changing the read only attributes all at once for all the file i would like to copy so I won't run into this error, but some files won't let me change their attributes.

All I want to do is copy a giant number of files to another destination, without having to stop the operation every time it encounters a file that cannot be copied. Isn't there a way to do this and simply skip over the ones it doesn't have access to copy?

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Old January 29th, 2008, 04:53 AM
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Old January 29th, 2008, 07:02 AM
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xcopy /C
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Old January 29th, 2008, 02:45 PM
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what does this mean?
I am looking for a solution that involves pointing and clicking in windows xp.
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Old January 29th, 2008, 10:19 PM
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Not gonna happen. Unless you want to use a different OS.
xcopy is a command to copy files. The /C option tells it to continue through errors.
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Old January 30th, 2008, 02:56 AM
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Why is it then that windows xp can skip over prompts that ask you if you want to overwrite files, but not skip over files that it cannot copy and breaks the whole operation?
We're all familiar with the "skip all" or "do for all" option on windows operations, why they didn't implement it for copy operations where it breaks for files that cannot be copied, I don't know why..
But what you are saying is that this is not possible, through no special setting, period..etc..? Is this what you are saying really, regardless of your issues with the Windows OS or how you favor other OS's, I want to know the truth.
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Old January 30th, 2008, 09:21 AM
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Not sure what you're talking about. I don't favour other OS's. In fact all my PCs use Windows XP. Says it right there in the top right corner of all my posts what OS I use, if you'd bothered to look. And no, I don't have issues with the Windows OS. Just lookup a few of my posts, you'll see if I do anything, it's defend Windows and Microsoft from anti-commercialism advocates. *Hint: look for threads started by the user 'DJoe'.

The truth is, if you use Explorer to copy or move files, it will abort the operation when it encounters an error - whether this be a CRC error, locked file, or disconnected drive for the source; or a disconnected, corrupted, or otherwise inaccessible drive for the destination. The reason Windows does it for overwriting files but not errors? User acceptance. If you specify what action to take when overwriting files, you know what's going to happen beforehand. If it continues copying/moving files even after critical errors, the user assumes the operation was complete. Even if half the files weren't even copied.

That said, I never said it was impossible; I did give you a specific command you could use to copy your files the way you want, without having to purchase expensive and bloated backup software, or having to use a different OS. This apparently wasn't good enough for you, so I really don't know what else you're expecting. But hey, maybe you could try bumping the thread again, maybe that will perform some magic.
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