How to use Robocopy to eXclude Directories?

/XD dirs [dirs]... :: eXclude Directories matching given names/paths.

RoboCopy D:\ Z:\ /MIR /R:1 /W:1 /XD D:\System Volume Information\, does anyone have any suggestions on how to exclude one directory for Robocopy function?

I don't understand that I cannot see any directory under D: drive called "System Volume Information", when robocopy executes its command, this directory shows on the screen, if there is only one hidden system directory, it will be fine, but what about there are 3000 thousands this kind of directories, then it will not be wise to exclude them one by one. Referring to robocopy.txt, there is no option to exclude any hidden system directory.

Do you have any suggestions on any better approachs to handle this case?


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Last updated July 5, 2019 Views 2,666 Applies to:



You can refer to these links for more information on the different commands and how to use RoboCopy:


How to Use Robocopy to copy security information without copying any file data


Return codes that are used by the Robocopy utility in Windows Server 2008


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Hope this helps

John Rubdy
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