when trying to output the string of a variable to a text file, the string try's to run and therefore pops up like this,

%localDrive% 2>>fileCompare.log

'C:\' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

Any ideas?

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Why not try:

C:/> echo %localDrive% 2>fileCompare.log

echo in batch is good for writing to files.

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Sorry, I realized that does not work at times....

Try executing: echo %localDrive%>fileCompare.log and it should work perfectly

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