Robocopy in Windows & Microsoft Robocopy GUI

Robocopy in Windows 10/8/7 is a robust, flexible, configurable tool, with over 80 switches. It can handle any batch or synchronous copy you have in mind. Robocopy is designed for reliable mirroring of directories or directory trees. It has features to ensure all NTFS attributes and properties are copied, and includes additional restart code for network connections subject to disruption.

Robocopy or “Robust File Copy“, is a command-line directory replication command, which can copy files & directory trees. It has been around as an independent tool for a little while but finally in Windows Vista, someone has seen fit to give the little tool the recognition it deserves, and as a result it now sits on a high pedestal in the system32 directory on every Windows Vista installation.

Robocopy switches

Open an elevated CMD, type robocopy /? and hit Enter to see the full set of parameters or switches available.

Robocopy

Start with the /mir and /z switches to get a sense of the power of the tool, but be careful with /mir since it will delete as well as copy files to bring the destination folder in sync with the source folder.

Robocopy in Windows

Now, in Windows 10/8/7, you can copy your files in multi thread too!

Just add the /MT switch and define the number of threads and instant multi threading copy!

robocopy

To do that, the command syntax is:

ROBOCOPY /MT:

The maximum integer number one can give is 120.

Microsoft Robocopy GUI

It is not an easy tool to use. You may want to download the Microsoft Robocopy GUI.

Robocopy

Included in the folder you will also find the full Robocopy reference guide with a full index of all of the Robocopy commands and syntax.

Robocopy GUI

Under Copy options and Filters if you move your cursor to each of the switches, you will get a tool-tip description as to what the switch will do.

For more details about each option, you can also see the Robocopy.exe Users Guide. Click on Help > Robocopy Users Guide.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

9 Comments

  1. Rob5787

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  2. Maurer

    Hallo, very interesting dude. My question is how I get to recover the folders or directories original creation date when a domestic backup is already performed in different ( external o internal ) harddrive disks ? Can I do this with robocopy ? I have this problem with six harddrive disks with crossed info and thousands of several folders since sixteen years ago at least. I have lost the clue when I made my security backups, because windows changed the date to every folders and now almost the entire copies have the same date. The date when the copies it was performed.

    Thank you for your help and info.

  3. Edward

    Can i use this tool to copy a folder on my local machine so i can get it over to my Remote Desktop machine??
    the file is over 2GB.
    Thanks for good answer.

  4. Boban

    i have w7 need to copy maps, but i want to keep the same date of map when it was created ?
    is this possible ? please help,

  5. Boban

    Can you send me the help you got, i have the same problem.
    Regards Boban

  6. Gemma Mallison

    Not being able to suppress this annoying AF popup in explorer drag&drop is more proof that Microsoft is still slipping when it comes to usability. For christs sake, you bypass the prompt everywhere except in your own most common workflow. It’s like you’re trynig to send people a message….move to NTFS? Is that some sort of joke? that ship sailed a bazillion years ago.

  7. Alisha Bhatt

    Robocopy lacks GUI and it feels like hacking something, it didn’t find any satisfactory results. It all gets stuck at some point or another when copying huge files, one software which I found interesting and would recommend to anyone is GS RichCopy. Its been 2 years using this and till now no complaints whatsoever. Some of its extra features include NTFS support, multi threaded file transfer, and many more. Its worth the money. Hope it helped you all!

  8. Robocopy Gui is software is one of the best software tool.

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