That is not a misspelling. I am not referencing the 1987 movie, Robocop starring Peter Weller. In fact, I am referring to a function called Robocopy. This command has been particularly useful for me in a number of situations.
More recently, I set up a new server for one of our clients. In order to do this, I had to copy over all of their files from the old server. Ordinarily, when you simply copy and paste documents, you lose a certain degree of information along the way. More particularly, the date the document was created and last modified are reset to the day they were copied over. Similarly, the file permissions assignments may be lost during the copy as well. Furthermore, when copying files, if there is one error, the mass copy halts completely. Overall, the “copy and paste” method is time consuming and frustrating.
There is a great alternative available; it’s called “Robocopy.” This command prompt copies all of the files, without the loss of pertinent information and if an error occurs, the copy of the remainder of the files continues. Furthermore, it took me about 1/3 the amount time to copy over the files from the old server.
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