Robocopy is PowerShell’s Robust-tool.

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So lets create a scenario,  and say that they were having difficulty using Robocopy commands within or with PowerShell. Here’s a demonstration of how to use PowerShell to be able to deliver seamless and accurate commands that will ensure that you will have your data copied and have your PowerShell script.

The best part of PowerShell is the ability to manipulate objects of different types in the same way regardless of data type.

let’s start with planning out the end product and work towards constructing our objects.


Import your file with source and destination or you can wing it into a function. For demonstration purposes we will cover both.


Example 1: Scripted with external file input 

$data=import-csv data.csv



foreach($item in $data)


$count+=1 #some people use $count++

$source= $item.source


Write-Progress -Activity “Copying $source to $destination” -PercentComplete ($count/$total*100)

Robocopy $source $destination /mir /mt:8 /r:1 /w:1

} #end foreach statement in script


This one s a little tricky due to the possibility of quotation exceptions;  Folders with spaces that require quotes.

 Example 2: Interactive PowerShell session

set-location c:\rootoftargetfolders

get-childitem  |foreach-object {
$source= $_.fullname
Robocopy “$source” “$destination” /mir /mt:8 /r:1 /w:1
} #end foreach-object


Example 3: Function best saved in $profile (PowerShell Profile) 

function RoboCopy-Item ($Source,$destination)


Robocopy $Source” “$Destination /mir /mt:8 /r:1 /w:1

} #end function

#now to try it

RoboCopy-item  -Source c:\files -destination D:\usb_documents



I know sometimes dealing with syntax can be a headache but when you take the time to experiment with the shell it is a good path to accumulate lessons learned.

RoboCopy and PowerShell can play nice, of course adding in some try/catch to control your logging output to a text, html or csv or installing a module that can output logs directly to Microsoft Excel or take the old-school approach and use the /log file switch for RoboCopy.



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