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File copying order

by ciaslamstas / May 14, 2010 7:30 AM PDT

Dear fellow winxp'ers,

I have an old MP3 player, which only plays the songs in order that you put them in (iRiver iFP-899). My problem is that if I try to copy a folder, WinXP seems to copy files in a random order (perhaps by size or something), even though I sort them by name in the folder view (this is the way I would like to copy them). Is there an easy solution to overcome this? I have tried using Total Commander - same problem. Making BAT files works fine, but takes too much time.

Any comments or ideas are appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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Well, I know a rather tedious way
by Steven Haninger / May 14, 2010 8:22 AM PDT
In reply to: File copying order

You'd create a folder and copy/paste the files one at a time into that folder in the order you desire. You'd then batch copy them into your player. It will be a pain but you can try it.

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No BAT file. Same BAT channel.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 14, 2010 9:19 AM PDT
In reply to: File copying order notes the DELIMS command where we can sort in almost any order. I know some hate the command line but this one avoids BAT and moves it back to a single command.

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Issue solved
by ciaslamstas / May 14, 2010 6:02 PM PDT

Thank you both! I love the command line, just did not know that windows has this powerful scripting built in.

For anybody who, wanders into this thread, the right answer is two lines:
1) cd C:\dir_where_you_want_to_copy_from
2) for /f "delims=*" %a in ('dir *.mp3 /b /od') do @copy "%a" G:\MP3\Album1

Thanks again!

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Glad it helped.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 14, 2010 10:00 PM PDT
In reply to: Issue solved

The power of CMD.EXE is far beyond that of old COMMAND.COM but can tax many beyond reason. Glad it helped.

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