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List Directories Using robocopy

Robocopy command below will lists directories and subdirectories on the path specified.

It will lists folders and sub folders regardless whether the file path is too long.

Path can be a network path or a path on a local drive.

But Robocopy should be present on the system, for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users it should be included already.

For previous versions of Windows or for whatever reason that Robocopy is not on your system.

Download Robocopy on this link below:

It's a resource kit for Windows 2003, and it includes Robocopy tool.

Robocopy command lists directories and subdirectories on the given path:

Robocopy /L /E "c:\MyFiles\Project_Notes" null *.* /log:d:\FolderList.txt

Robocopy  /L /E "\\ServerProj\SharedFolder\LongUserFolders" null *.* /log:d:\NetworkFolderList.txt

Robocopy  Source   Destination   Files to copy or use wildcards (*.*)

  /L :: List only - don't copy, timestamp or delete any files
  /E :: copy subdirectories, including Empty ones.

Check out this link for Robocopy syntax on Technet site:

Syntax can also be shown on the command prompt, type: robocopy /?

In copying source and destination should not be interchanged, or else it will be a disaster.

Null - means basically means empty or nothing. It will discard  all data send to null.

In order not to waste space on the drive, send the copy to null.

To check folders which has long path or exceeds 260 characters from the text file log.

Let PowerShell do the task in getting the folder length and create a file which lists the folder path which exceeds 260 characters.

The text file created by PowerShell will only contain paths that are too long.

Paths that are not long will not be included on the lists.

Here's the PowerShell code to check paths that are too long:

$pathToFile = "d:\NetworkFolderList.txt"

$xLines = Get-Content $pathToFile

ForEach ($Line In $xLines)


$xLength = $Line.Length
#write-host $xLength

   If ($xLength -eq 260)


    #$Line is the folder path
    #$xLength is the length of the path
    $Line, $xLength | out-file -append d:\xpathLine.txt




Output will look like this:

The number below the path will correspond to the length above the path.

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  1. hello
    you can use long path tool.

    1. hi getlinkz pit, thanks for the comment..yes long path tool can do the job also.. above method is just a simple script without any third party tools..

    2. yeah Longpathtool can be used here..


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