The XCOPY command can be used in place of COPY in most cases and has the following advantages:

  • Faster operation on a group of filesXCOPY reads the specified files into conventional RAM before copying them to their destination.

  • Creates folders as needed— Specify the destination folder name in the XCOPY command line, and the destination folder will be created if needed.

  • Operates as backup utility— Can be used to change the archive bit from on to off on XCOPYed files if desired to allow XCOPY to be used in place of commercial backup programs.

  • Copies files changed or created on or after a specified date— Also useful when using XCOPY as a substitute for commercial backup programs.

If XCOPY is run from a command-prompt window ...

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