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alright, im with a client, and he wants me to basically go threw bout 400GB of files n folders, pick out all the mp3 files and move them to a different spot on the drive, heres the problem, theres literally of thousands of folders. manually, this would take days. i know theres a cmd command to find a specific file type, i know theres a command to move files. is there a way to combine these 2 commands? so the cmd will go threw all the folders, find all the .mp3 files. then move them to the place desired ?

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Re: cmd, move find, or something of the same,

Why can't you do a search of all the MP3's then hit edit > select all > Cut > paste where ever you want.

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Re: cmd, move find, or something of the same,

I was tryin 2 find an easier method because at around 70k results, the search just dies,

EDIT: even trying to move about 2k at a time is a tad difficult.

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Re: cmd, move find, or something of the same,

Well, since you're a *nix guy, you could always just pop in one of those Linux-on-a-bootable disks and use this command (change the last part to where you want to move them):

mv -r *.mp3 ~folder/mp3

And that'll find/move all mp3 files recursively.

Or in windows, use the Xcopy DOS command. Here's a full reference: Clicky

It'd end up looking something along the lines of:

xcopy C:\*.mp3 new_folder /e/i/h/y/d/exclude:files_to_exclude

Or maybe the Windows search just isn't beefy enough to handle the task, so there are tons of freeware search/find Windows utilities that you could try. Just search for *.mp3 recursively, in the results window press CTL+A to select them all, and drag and drop them (or use the Move command if the program offers one, or cut/copy/paste, whichever is your preference) to the final folder. Here's a possible one, although I've never tried this program specifically myself: Clicky

Here's a site with a list of a bunch of search/find Windows utilities in case you need to try others. Clicky


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