Copy one or more files to another location.

COPY [options] [/A|/B] source [/A|/B] [+ source2 [/A|/B]...] [destination [/A|/B]] 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. /D : Allow the destination file to be created decrypted. 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. /L : If source is a symbolic link copy the link to the target instead of the actual file the source link points to. /Y : Suppress confirmation prompt, when overwriting files. /-Y : Enable confirmation prompt, when overwriting files. /Z : Copy files in restartable mode. If the copy is interrupted part way through, it will restart if possible. (use on slow networks)

Combining files

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

Binary copies

"COPY /B ... " will copy files in binary mode.

The /A and /B options may appear in multiple locations, with different meanings depending on location.
Before any source - they will set the default mode for all source and destination files.
After a source - they will set the mode for that source.
After the destination - they will set the mode for the destination.

Copy from the console (accept user input)

COPY CON filename.txt
Then type the input text followed by ^Z (Control key & Z)

To do this in Powershell use the following function:

function copycon {

Prompt to overwrite destination file

Under Windows 2000 and above, the default action is to prompt on overwrite unless the command is being executed from within a batch script.
To force the overwriting of destination files use the COPYCMD environment variable:

COPY will accept UNC pathnames


In the current folder
COPY oldfile.doc newfile.doc

Copy from a different folder/directory:
COPY "C:\my work\some file.doc" "D:\New docs\newfile.doc"

Specify the source only, with a wildcard will copy all the files into the current directory:
COPY "C:\my work\*.doc"

Specify the source with a wildcard and the destination as a single file, this is generally only useful with plain text files.
COPY "C:\my work\*.txt" "D:\New docs\combined.txt"

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

Copy a file, but do not overwrite if the destination file already exists, this technique only works for a single file, no wildcards
( /-y is required):

Echo n|COPY /-y c:\file1.txt c:\dir\file1.txt

COPY is an internal command.

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit” ~ Conrad Hilton


ROBOCOPY - Robust File and Folder Copy
XCOPY - Copy files and folders
MOVE - Move a file from one folder to another
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)
PowerShell: Copy-Item - Copy an item from one location to another
Equivalent bash command (Linux): cp - Copy one or more files to another location.

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