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I'm using robocopy to backup some partitions using the following commandline switches. When the backup finishes, the destination directory gets flagged as a system file such that I have to switch my folder options to "show protected system files" in order to see it. Can someone explain why this is happening and how I can re-flag the dir as a standard dir, not a protected system file?

robocopy d:\ H:\drive_D\ /s /mir /xd "d:\games" /dcopy:t /z /r:1 /w:1

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  • 5 weeks later...
I never used this program before.

Maybe this could help?


Thanks for that. Guess copying the root of a filesystem is bad news. I just adjusted my batch file to have a single entry for each folder as a result. This way I don't have to mess with setting attribs after the copy.


rem d
robocopy "d:\dir1" "H:\drive_d\dir1" /s /mir /dcopy:t /z /r:1 /w:1
robocopy "d:\dir2" "H:\drive_d\dir2" /s /mir /dcopy:t /z /r:1 /w:1
robocopy "d:\dir3" "H:\drive_d\dir3" /s /mir /dcopy:t /z /r:1 /w:1

The first dir is the source

The 2nd dir is where the source is getting backed-up

/s is for subdirectories (recursive)

/mir is for mirroring which will delete files on the backup end if the source changed since you backed them up - WARNING, read the manual before you use this or else you could LOSE data!

/dcopy:t switch keeps the directory's original date/time stamp. Read this wikipedia article for more.

/z is for resuming (again see the wikipedia article for notes on it)

/r:1 /w:1 sets the retry to 1 sec and 1 time (for example if it can't copy an in use file, it'll only cost you 1 sec and 1 try)

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