I want to copy a folder full of folders to a backup on another disk. But if a duplicate filename already exists on the other disk, I want Windows to prompt to ask whether or not to replace the file for each file separately.
Windows XP just gives me the option to replace all of the files or not copy the folder. Only if I copy only one folder will it prompt individual files. There are hundreds of folders in this structure, but less than 100 duplicate file names. But I don't know where the duplicates are, and do not know their filenames.
The problem is that I receive a lot of files submitted by students for grading. They are in a structure of subfolders named for the student name, all in a master folder on the assignment collecting system (which appears on my workstation as a drive). On each assignment due date, I want to copy the structure and files to identical folder structures of the work already received on two different hard disks. After I do this, I can click an icon to delete the files on the collection system but leave the structure. But there are always several cases where duplicate filenames arise, and I must manage each case separately.
A. The student submitted two different assignments at different times using the same filename.
A. The student modified the assignment file and submitted it again after I deleted the original.
B. The student submitted the same file again after I deleted it from the collection system.
B. I was unable to delete a file from the collection system earlier because it was open.
C. I received a partial copy of the file earlier because it was open.
In cases A, the new file must be renamed so both can coexist.
In cases B, the new file is deleted.
In cases C, the new file must replace the old one.
All I really need to do at copying time is deny the replacement when copying to one drive, and write down the file path. Then I can manage it later before copying the structure to the second drive and the file to the first drive.
As an alternative, I want a way that searches both sets of folders for duplicate names in the same place in both structures and reports them to me, so I can manage them before I do any copying.
Answers I do not want:
- Change operating systems - I don't control this
- Download or buy someone else's software - Not allowed
- A complicated system of - Must be easy for others to do
- Moving each folder separately - Can take hours
I give down points to these answers.