When I am copying a folder to a backup location where a folder already exists with the same name, windows 7 always asks if I want to merge the folder "Yes" "No" There is no option to copy and replace the folder like you get with individual files.
This means that the backup folder contains a copy of everything even old files that I have deleted and no longer need. I know I can delete or rename the old backup folder but this is a bit of a pain.
Is it possible to copy and replace the whole folder like we used to be able to do with windows XP
If I understand your question fully, what you are looking to do is keep a backup and have the backup match the source.
First option would be to just use an app for this and keep it in sync automatically:
Use the SYNC option and it will keep the source and destination copies of each other.
Second option is to use Robocopy. It's built into Windows 7 and if you use the /MIR command, again it will keep the folder in SYNC.
Command Usage Example:
ROBOCOPY source destination /MIR
One nice thing about Robocopy is you can also script it and launch it with a batch file or scheduled task to say keep it updated daily or weekly etc...
answered Apr 28 '12 at 03:29
Why don't you use Ctrl+A to select all the files in the specific folder, go to the backup folder and Ctrl+v. You will get the "replace" question and can answer yes.
answered Jan 06 '12 at 05:17