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Use RoboCopy but excluding File History

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  • I have a well-defined backup routine using RoboCopy, which I love.  But the last time I used it, it created a backup of all File History files as well - and they took up 120 GB of HDD storage that I need for other uses.

    How can I prevent this?  I have no desire for File History's history of changes - I just want to copy the files as they are.  For me, that says RoboCopy.

    Can you help?

       Richard Tamir

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016 8:38 PM

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  • Hi,

    I found a thread may help you, please refer to the link:

    Robocopy Exclude file types:

    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/919ab53c-8a86-439b-bc41-649fce8b9ba1/robocopy-exclude-file-types?forum=w7itprogeneral

    Best Regards,

    Tao


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    Thursday, September 22, 2016 9:35 AM
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  • I don't think this problem fits into that hole.  Does File History have its own 3-letter format suffix, like .PDF???  I don't think so.  I think that's what the link is pointing to.

    Why, all of a sudden, does Robocopy port both the basis files and their file history versions?  What changed?  This is NOT desirable from my perspective - really messes thinks up.

    Grasshopper seeks enlightenment on this one.

       Richard

    Saturday, September 24, 2016 10:10 PM
  • Robocopy is the same as XCOPY,all files/folders get duplicated.120GB of space..Thats alot

    With XCOPY,to transfer a OS on a HD,to another,the text would be in run.: XCOPY C:\*.* D:\ /c/h/e/k/r

    D: being the transfer to source

    To edit,& control the files/folders,read this link at TechNet

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb491035.aspx

    With vista,XCOPY runs fine even though the OS says RoboCopy is available,i'd imagine Win 7 runs the same

    Saturday, September 24, 2016 11:41 PM
  • You're missing the question:  how do I continue to use RoboCopy (NOT xcopy) without copying over the File History data?  That's it, plain and simple.

       Richard Tamir


    Sunday, October 2, 2016 12:13 PM