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    Copying problems

    I do a daily backup of our server using an external firewire hard drive which is taken off-premises. We have one main folder under which there are a dozen sub-folders, all of which are backed up. I create a new folder on the backup drive, and then drag and drop the main folder containing the sub-folders. It's easy and effective. However, sometimes the copying process hits a file which has been moved or it can't find on the server. It generates an error and then aborts the entire copy process. Is there any way to set the computer to just skip the problem file, and continue the rest of the backup? Although our server runs Win Server 2003, this happens in all flavors of Windows.

    Our CEO, who used to be a Mac user, says that Macs don't have this problem, and just continue the backup until finished, skipping the offending file.

    Do any of you have a solution to this problem? Incidentaly, if I drag each individual sub-folder individually, and all 12 are running, if this problem arises, only the folder in which the problem file exists stops copying. I'd like to avoid doing all of them individually.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    Joel

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    Re: Copying problems

    I have no experience with Win 2003 Server, so I don't know if it has the same "commands" as Win XP. If you were to do the backups with a batch file and use the XCOPY command, it has a command line parameter ( /c ) that bypasses errors and continues the copying. If you open a CMD window and type XCOPY /? you ought to be able to confirm what I'm writing.

    I wonder if our Lounge "batch file expert" will chime in here... Hang on and give him a chance to join in...

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    Re: Copying problems

    Rather than the standard COPY/XCOPY/folder drag and drop mechanisms which have the "useful feature" you describe, you probably want to be looking at Microsoft's ROBOCOPY (XP010 version), or XXCOPY, or Karen's Replicator. The first two are of most use if you are comfortable with the Command Prompt window (although there is a ROBOCOPY GUI which I don't use), because you can set up a Scheduled Task to do this for you automatically or set up a desktop shortcut to click on when you are ready to do the copy.

    To get ROBOCOPY you have to download the whole of the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools.

    If you want assistance with any of the myriad switches that ROBOCOPY and XXCOPY use, please ask again, although you can ignore 95% of them when simply mirroring a folder tree on another drive.
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    Re: Copying problems

    Thanks to both of you. I'm OK in DOS, but the CEO - who sometimes does the backup - knows nothing about it. Therefore, Karen's solution seems to be what I'm looking for. I greatly appreciate your taking the time to help out.

    Joel

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    Re: Copying problems

    Remember that Karen's software is <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> for personal use but is shareware for any other use. And you could construct a batch file for either of the others mentioned. The batch file could be scheduled or just start via a shortcut on demand.

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    Re: Copying problems

    Hi Joe. Thanks for pointing out the shareware issue. I'm always scrupulously careful about that, and always donate or pay for what I use. I expect people to pay for my time, and software developers should always be paid for their efforts. Regrettably, most people just rip off the software.

    Best regards,

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    Re: Copying problems

    Since I'm in the software business I agree wholeheartedly. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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