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How to find missing file after a copying large folder

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    How to find missing file after a copying large folder


    I am backing up my Win 7 folder just before moving to WIN 8. The folder is 65G in size. I just copy and paste from my laptop hard drive to my external USB drive. I started the copying just before I went to bed last night. This morning I saw a pop up windows saying that 12 files cannot be copied because the path is too long. The option is "skip' or 'Cancel'. I took the skip option and the copy job completed. But it does not tell me the name of the 12 files that I skipped.
    Now my problem is how do I found out which 12 files are missing in my backup.
    I know that I can do the copy paste again and watch out for the error message. But it is a waste of time sitting in front of the screen. That was why I do it over night.
    What is the best way to do this kind of work other than using some backup software.

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    If you use built in robocopy mirror option it will wiz through files like lightning as it won't copy files that exist and tell you the missing ones
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    You can use Drive Rescue software which displayed all the files which were missing.
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  4. #4


    Austin TX metro area
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    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    I have used TeraCopy with the more [information please] button pressed for such projects -- it will list both success and failure. I found it works best when explorer.exe is not being heavily used during TeraCopy's project.
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