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Powershell Code Snippet to list all sub folders and its modified date

Code snippet below is able to get the folder names and its modified date and write the output to a text file.

I used this piece of code to get hundreds of subfolders in a shared folder and Powershell did a really nice job, the script just runs in a few seconds and able to get the list of the folder and it’s modified date.

The reason I made this piece code is for folder archiving purposes.

To check one by one a hundreds of folders is not just practical. Unless you really have a nice reason to do it.

To check which folder is being currently used or which folder has never been accessed for a couple of years.

This piece of Powershell code snippet below can do the job.

To run Powershell script, most of the sites will recommend to get a self-signed certificate and modify Powershell settings to trust self-signed cert.

I did run this piece of code without generating a self –signed certificate.

Powershell has a GUI interface in which you can run the code, without any hassle of configuring the Powershell settings or generating a certificate.

If you want to quickly run a Powershell code and get the results instantly or to check for any errors in your code, ISE will come to the rescue.

Powershell comes with Powershell ISE (ISE – Integrated Scripting Environment).

If your using Windows 2012 or Windows 8, just go to Start Menu and type “ISE”. Results will pop out a PowerShell ISE, click on it to runt ISE Powershell.

Or if you’re using Windows 7 type ISE on the search box.

On ISE Powershell window there are two panes, on the top pane is where you put or paste your code.

The bottom pane is the result or the output pane which will give the status of the code, if there’s an error it will show immediately.

Select and copy the code below, and paste it to the top pane. On the toolbar you will see like a play button. Click the “Play” button to run the code snippet below.

Before running the code, of course you need to change this lines to your desired location:

Source folder path: $items :

Get-ChildItem -Path "\\192.168.1.1\Proposals" or

$items = Get-ChildItem -Path "D:\Proposals"

Output File Path Result:

 $item.Name + "`t" + $item.LastWriteTime | Out-File d:\myfolderlist.txt -Append

The output will be something like this:

  Folder Name {tab line} Modified Date and Time

Once you have the result, you can open it on an excel file for further processing or you can print it out and decide which folder to archive or which folder to delete.

======== START OF CODE SNIPPET========
#  comment for Powershell not executed
# initialize the items variable with the
# contents of a directory
#UNC or Network Path
$items = Get-ChildItem -Path "\\192.168.1.1\Proposals"
#Path on the drive itself
#$items = Get-ChildItem -Path "D:\Proposals"

#you can use UNC path or you can use c:\sharedfolder\subfolders
#any location on your hard drive you want to get the list of folders and sub folders
# enumerate the items array
foreach ($item in $items)
{
# if the item is a directory, then process it and save it to text file
if ($item.Attributes -eq "Directory") {
$item.Name + "`t" + $item.LastWriteTime | Out-File d:\myfolderlist.txt -Append
}
}
======== END OF CODE SNIPPET========

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