NT Syntax


Copy one or more files to another location

COPY source destination [options] COPY source1 + source2.. destination [options]

key source : Pathname for the file or files to be copied.
/A : ASCII text file (default) /B : Binary file copy - will copy extended characters.
destination : Pathname for the new file(s).
/V : Verify that the new files were written correctly.
/N : If at all possible, use only a short filename (8.3) when creating a destination file. This may be necessary when copying between disks that are formatted differently e.g NTFS and VFAT, or when archiving data to an ISO9660 CDROM.

/Z : Copy files in restartable mode. If the copy is interrupted
part way through, it will restart if possible. (use on slow networks) /Y : Suppress confirmation prompt (Windows 2000 only) /-Y : Enable confirmation prompt (Windows 2000 only) Under Windows 2000 the default action is to prompt on overwrites unless the COPY command is being executed from within a batch script. To force the overwriting of destination files under both NT4 and Windows2000 use the COPYCMD environment variable:
This will turn off the prompt in Win2000 and will be ignored by NT4 (which overwrites by default).

Making Binary copies: if you specify /B immediately after COPY then everything will be done in binary, you can also put /B after any one file to copy just that file in binary.

COPY will accept UNC pathnames

To combine files, specify a single file for the destination, but multiple files as the source. To specify more than one file use wildcards or list the files with a + in between each (file1+file2+file3)
When copying multiple files in this way the first file must exist or else the copy will fail, a workaround for this is COPY null + file1 + file2 dest1


In the current folder
COPY oldfile.wp newfile.doc

Full path specified
COPY g:\department\oldfile.wp "c:\Files to Convert\newfile.doc"

Specify the drive and filename (assumes the current folder on both drives is correct)
COPY a:oldfile.wp c:newfile.doc

Specify source only (will copy the file to current folder, keeping the same filename)
COPY g:\department\oldfile.wp

Quiet copy (no feedback on screen)
COPY oldfile.wp newfile.doc >nul

Related Commands:

ROBOCOPY - Robust File and Folder Copy
SCOPY - File Copy with Security
XCOPY - Copy files and folders
MOVE - Move a file from one folder to another
Mcopy - Copy and create a log file (Win 2K ResKit)
Fcopy - File Copy for MMQ (copy changed files & compress. (Win 2K ResKit)
Permcopy - Copy share & file ACLs from one share to another. (Win 2K ResKit)

Equivalent Linux BASH commands:

cp - Copy one or more files to another location
install - Copy files and set attributes

Simon Sheppard