Windows RoboCopy Backup
Jul 16, 2015

This simple batch file has the ability to backup multiple folders using Robocopy or a single file using xcopy.


/MIR – Mirrors a directory tree /FFT – Assumes FAT file times (two-second precision) /Z – Copies files in Restart mode /R:3 – Specifies the number of retries on failed copies /W:3 – Specifies the wait time between retries, in seconds /A-:SH – Removes system and hidden attributes These arguments for Robocopy will delete files from the destination directory if the file/directory no longer exist in the source directory.


/i – If Source is a directory or contains wildcards and Destination does not exist, xcopy assumes Destination specifies a directory name and creates a new directory. /Y – Suppresses prompting to confirm that you want to overwrite an existing destination file

Batch Script

@echo off
set drive=X:\Backup

robocopy C:\Folder %drive%\Folder /MIR /FFT /Z /R:3 /W:3 /A-:SH

xcopy C:\single_file_to_backup.txt %drive%\Folder /i /Y