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  Moving Folders & nested files from a Search Result? 
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binar Mar 06, 2014, 04:41pm EST Report Abuse
Fellow Forum Members,
I'm using Windows 7 and need to know if the following is possible. When I filter for the word PDF I get a result of 75 PDF files as a SEARCH result. My SEARCH result also shows that each of these PDF files are nested within a FOLDER that has a unique name. I want to move both the 75 PDF files and also each of the 75 parent folders to a common folder named PDF Ebooks. Is it possible in Windows 7 to move folders from a search result that targets the PDF files contained within the folders? In other words, If I move the 75 PDF files in the search result to a common folder I end up with 75 empty folders left behind. I don't want the folders to stay behind as empty folders. I need to figure out a way to include the folders and the nested PDF files in my move operation. I have looked at XYplorer and it doesn't seem to provide a way of moving folders and the files contained within from a search result. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

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john albrich Mar 08, 2014, 05:45pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Moving Folders & nested files from a Search Result?
I see that the KEY requirement is that you "I need to figure out a way to include the folders....". If you didn't need to include and replicate the parent folder of each file, it would be much easier (and something XYplorer, most 'backup' programs, etc could do without much effort).

I can't give you the name of a specific "easy" file search/copy filesANDfolders then erase original "empty" folders tool for Windows, but I KNOW at least one is out there. I recall using one some time ago. Look under disk and file management utilities at various download sites like majorgeeks, softpedia, CNET's, etc. As I recall, it was a "backup" or "duplicate file finder" utilitiy that provided this capability as an option.

That said...

I think freeware grepwin and I know freeware xxcopy can do the job, but you do have to create scripts to do so. So it's likely not as simple as you'd prefer. Of course, once you've written a script, it can be used over and over.

If you can't find a program, I'd recommend looking into freeware XXCOPY. However, keep in mind...

Caution: file manipulation tools like XXCOPY are [bEXTREMELY[/b] powerful and that is their strength. One can do damn near anything one can think of when manipulating files/folders with XXCOPY. As with any file manipulation script tool, an user's simple coding mistake could cause major unintended filesystem disruption. Either fully backup all media on the target system prior to running a script or pre-test the completed script on a non-critical system is recommended. XXCOPY online user manual XXCOPY FAQs

edit: added links to XXCOPY user manual and FAQ



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