Download robocopy.exe For Windows 2003 Server / XP / 7

Robocopy (Robust File Copy) is a command-line file copying tool included with the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit, free to licensed users of Windows. The tool, as with much of the resource kit, works under Windows XP as well as under the Windows Server platform.

Robocopy (Robust File Copy) is a command-line file copying tool included with the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit, free to licensed users of Windows. The tool, as with much of the resource kit, works under Windows XP as well as under the Windows Server platform.

What is Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit?

The Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools are a set of tools to help administrators streamline management tasks such as troubleshooting operating system issues, managing Active Directory, configuring networking and security features, and automating application deployment.

Why Use Robocopy?

Robocopy is designed for reliable copy or mirroring of entire folders of any size ensuring all NTFS attributes and properties are copied (except security-related ones), particularly over network connections that are subject to disruption or outages.

=> Ability to copy entire subdirectories (note: XCOPY can do this, COPY can’t)

=> Ability to tolerate network outages and resume copying where it previously left off (incomplete files are noted with a date stamp of 1/1/1980)

=> Ability to correctly copy NTFS ACLs, attributes, owner information, alternate data streams, auditing information, and timestamps by default, without the need for numerous oft-forgotten command line switches

=> Ability to copy large quantities of files that would normally crash the built-in XCOPY utility.

=> A progress indicator on the command line that updates continuously.

Download Robocopy Command Line Tool for Windows 2003 and 2008 Server / Windows XP / Vista / 7

Robocopy Download GUI Tools

  1. Robocopy GUI is a free GUI frontend to the robocopy command.
  2. RichCopy is a free new utility which offers a number of improvements over Robocopy GUI.

How do I use robocopy Command?

See article “Sync data between two Load balanced Windows 2003 servers” for more information.

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31 thoughts on “Download robocopy.exe For Windows 2003 Server / XP / 7”

  1. Downloaded Resource Kit. robocopy.exe will not open the program. I get only a black flash and then nothing. Can you advise? Many thanks, George

  2. When you open robocopy.exe you get the black screen flash because it is a DOS utility.
    Open the command prompt, browse to the directory and then run robocopy.
    There is also a GUI version of robocopy.
    Just do a search for it.

  3. Dear IT experts,
    I downloaded Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit rktools.exe and installed it. But it doesn’t include robocopy utility as webpages stated. May you please help on how I can get robocopy.exe utility for sure? Thanks a lot.

  4. Hi Lisa..
    You’ll probably find that it is installed.. There isn’t a GUI for it though.. Just pop into your Command Prompt and type in robocopy you should get

    C:\Documents and Settings\dstoll>robocopy

    ROBOCOPY :: Robust File Copy for Windows :: Version XP010

    Started : Tue Jun 16 11:18:20 2009

    Simple Usage :: ROBOCOPY source destination /MIR

    source :: Source Directory (drive:\path or \\server\share\path).
    destination :: Destination Dir (drive:\path or \\server\share\path).
    /MIR :: Mirror a complete directory tree.

    For more usage information run ROBOCOPY /? or read Robocopy.Doc.

    NOTE: Read “True Replication” in Robocopy.Doc prior to first use of /MIR !
    **** /MIR can DELETE files as well as copy them !

    if that doesn’t work.. A path might not be set to the root folder.. in the command prompt :
    cd C:\Program Files\Windows Resource Kits\Tools
    this is where the robocopy.exe is :)

  5. If you’re looking at doing backups, here’s a basic command line. It will make a mirror image of everything in source to destination. Warning! If you have anything in destination already, it will be overwritten by source.

    robocopy source destination /fft /mir /eta /r:0 /w:0

    source = starting directory (subdirectories will be included)
    destination = directory you want the data to be backed up to (subdirectories will be automatically created)
    /fft = assume names are FAT file names (if you don’t include this, it might not be able to correctly check file times for determining which ones changed and need to be backed up)
    /eta = show estimated time remaining for each file
    /r:0 = no retries on failed copies (or set higher if you want failed files to retry)
    /w:0 = time to wait between retries (set higher if you’re retrying failed files)

    Example: To back up the documents directory in Vista to a shared network folder:

    robocopy c:\users\username\documents \\server\sharename /fft /mir /eta /r:0 /w:0

  6. Nothing, I mean NOTHING, is faster or better than Robocopy. Please try to prove my wrong.

  7. Hi,
    I desperately need a copy function that could copy a huge amount of data and place it on(span) several USB-discs. I.e. 1TB -> USB1(250GB),USB2(250GB),USB3(250GB),USB4(250GB),
    Or do I have to construct a script for that ?
    Cheers, Torbjorn

  8. >>Muhammad Omer Khan August 2, 2007 at 7:31 am
    >>I hope this will be very useful.

    It was! RKTOOLS WIN!

  9. Robocopy is independent utility in order to use it we need to have resource kit installed.

  10. Ahhh! Thanks to your tip on ROBOCOPY, I’m going to have a Hakuna Matata day moving my file shares today!

  11. Hello,

    I suggest you to download new Long Path Tool software that simply allows you to work easily on Long Path files.

    Thank you.

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