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I'm writing a small program for creating a backup. I want to do that by using FileCopy. Everything from drive C should be copied to drive D.


That doesn't do anything, though. I played a bit with the paths, but nothing does what I want. Sometimes only the folder of the program itself is copied, sometimes nothing is copied.

What am I doing wrong? What do I have to do that everything from C goes to D? Thanks!


Edit: DirCopy does pretty much the same

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Just now, willichan said:

Take a look at DirCopy().

I also tried it, but it does the same, namely nothing...

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Did you specify the root path ( C:\ with the backslash ) or are you just using the drive letter only?

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I think you should try to _FileListToArray() then you will have all folders under C:/ and then DirCopy() each folder.


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9 minutes ago, willichan said:

Did you specify the root path ( C:\ with the backslash ) or are you just using the drive letter only?

I tried it with "C", "C:", "C:\" and "C:\*", but none work

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Try adding #RequireAdmin to the script.

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It may be a problem with the drive root, since it gets handled a little differently than other folders (Windows doesn't really view the root as a folder, but rather as a device).  You will probably need to go the route alien4u suggested.  Use FileCopy() for all of the files and DirCopy() for all of the folders.

You will most likely also need #RequireAdmin as BreManNH suggested, since much of what you are copying are system files, and potentially files owned by other users (depending on your setup).

Additional Note:
After a successful test run, you may want to check to see that hidden files and files with the system flag got copied as well.  They probably won't be, unless you have Windows configured to display hidden and system files.  If you need them copied, but they are not getting copied, you will need to use FileCopy() for files, then call a recursive copy function to handle folders.

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