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How to fix xcopy.exe errors

June 20, 2014

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Introduction to xcopy.exe

Xcopy.exe is described as Extended Copy Utility. Xcopy is a powerful version of the copy command with additional features. This file is able to move files, directories, and even whole drives from one location to another. XCOPY was first appeared in DOS 3.2 specifically as a more functional file copying utility than the copy command found in these operating systems.

Generally speaking, XCOPY is a command for PC DOS, MS-DOS, OS/2, Microsoft Windows, and related operating systems. It aims at copying multiple files or entire directory trees from one directory to another and for copying files across a network. However, XCOPY has gradually been replaced by Robocopy or "Robust File Copy", because there have been many new options added as part of the Windows Resource Kit starting with Windows NT 4.0.

And in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, the command robocopy has overcome the weak point of XCOPY in a way that mush less memory is needed for the functionality of copying file from one location to another. That is why Xcopy has been gradually replaced by the more powerful copy tool Robocopy for the operating system. Users have proven that Xcopy fails with an "insufficient memory" error when the path with filename included is longer than 254 characters. Moving large files without the "/j" option can consume all available RAM on a system.

Xcopy.exe is not available while you are copying open files, it is job done by backup and backup applications when files are needed for exclusive read access. A shadow copy represents a consistent read-only point in time by snapshot for a disk volume. Without a shadow copy or a way to suspend the application, backups often become corrupted. It has been available as part of the Windows Resource Kit starting with Windows NT 4.0, and was first introduced as a standard feature in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.

Xcopy.exe cannot manage and implement what volume shadow copies are able to do, such as backup and the volume snapshots. In the new snapshots infrastructure, a backup application attempts determines the number of active writers and queries each writer to gather the required metadata, and then collects the volumes that are presented to the shadow copy coordinator and a shadow copy is created to ensure a successful backup session by matching the original volumes at the shadow copy point in time.

What are the common signs of xcopy.exe errors?

  1. All you want to do is copy all the files on one drive to another. But, even though you are running as Administrator and have attempted to ensure that you have full control of both drives, you keep getting ERROR 5 from xcopy and 'Access is denied' from copy.
  2. Xcopy "access denied" - need fix: Trying to copy entire contents of "C" drive root and all subfolders to a networked drive "X".
  3. C:\Windows\system32\xcopy.exe is not a valid Win32 application.
  4. XCOPY /K does not preserve read-only attribute in XP
  5. Xcopy - Need to log file path of Error: "File creation error - The system cannot find the file specified."
  6. Xcopy in Dos in XP through USB connection to a fat32 exterior drive.
  7. Mistake with XCopy cmd. Folder copied like file.
  8. Cannot copy files (xcopy or robocopy) from Windows server 2003 to Windows 7 machine.
  9. XCOPY: Unable to create directory Z:\Backups\davalynn backup\My Documents. All the directories referenced in the batch file exist on the Z:\ drive. There must be a syntax problem somewhere.
  10. XCopy "c:\database\command changes.mdb" /D /R /Y. This command works fine if the filename does not have any spaces, but as in the case, it always prompts whether to specified command is referencing a file or a directory name.
  11. Using xcopy Error message - Not enough quota available to process this command: Trying to copy a folder from drive E to the expansion drive and getting the message, "not enough quota available to process this command". Try using the usual copy & paste, and also the xcopy command. In each situation there are no other applications running.

What are causes of xcopy.exe errors?

If the xcopy.exe file is disabled, shadow copies will be unavailable for backup and you will fail to start up the backup process.

This xcopy.exe error occurs because the path to the desired drive is hidden somehow and simply using xcopy to copy to this drive letter gives "invalid path". The drive letter is plainly visible under "Computer" and its contents are accessible from the window. But you cannot find the actual path to it that xcopy recognizes.

Another major cause of this error is the bloated Windows registry, such as unnecessary registry keys, and improper registry settings of associated program modified unexpectedly.

How to fix xcopy.exe errors?

Keep a correct setting of xcopy at first; modify the system file folder to disclose the desired drive. As for the CMD xcopy error, etc. stops folder match renaming files is not a solution to transfer of huge amount of Program Data! Moving files in other folders is not always an option. There is already a file with the same name in this location. Replace the file in the destination folder with the file you are copying: No files will be changed by unknown program files!

After correctly changing the drive details the xcopy.exe file has worked fine on the machine. It is clear that reinstalling a program is not as simple as copying a piece of text. So you should try to find the proper method and manage to back up the original exe files.

If you want to repair the damaged Windows registry all by yourself and you are a computer novice, this may easily result in further damage on your machine, because manual modification to registry entries requires high level of computer knowledge to diagnose registry errors, repair corrupt registry files and remove unneeded registry keys properly.

To easily and safely fix registry problems, you will give a try on DLL TOOL, which also tunes up system performance completely and automatically. This software helps you manage your file and applications backup by repairing registry errors.

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