Move-Item is not working for existing folders and files

This topic contains 3 replies, has 4 voices, and was last updated by  Jack Neff 1 year, 11 months ago.

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  • #42563

    Gina Bautista

    My code snippet is below. I am trying to have items move into folders that already exist. The folders might actually have the files in them too. I want the code to move the file in to the folder and I want it to overwrite the existing file regardless, no matter what.


    #If a date folder with the date of this item is already created, it is moved there
    If(test-path "\\\CDC\archive\$datefolder")
    Add-content -Path $logpath -value "Date file already created. Moving item to date file in archive on old server."
    $archive = "\\\CDC\archive\$datefolder"
    Move-Item $item $archive -Force

    #If the date folder with the date of this item is not already created, the folder is created and then the item is moved to that location.
    Add-content -Path $logpath -value "Date file not already created. Creating date file in archive on old server."
    New-Item -ItemType directory -Path "\\\CDC\archive\$datefolder"
    $archive = "\\\CDC\archive\" + $datefolder
    Add-content -Path $logpath -value "Now moving itme to date folder just created."
    move-item $item $archive -Force


  • #42567

    Justin King

    without knowing the format of the $datefolder I have to guess a bit. Is it possible you have brackets or other special characters so you need to call out -litteralpath instead of the default -path? At face value the syntax looks correct.

  • #42569

    Don Jones

    Also, use angle brackets around PRE, not square brackets, to format code. See the syntax in the three bullets above the reply textbox.

  • #42580

    Jack Neff

    In your script $archive contains only a string. It doesn't represent an array of files. Try instead...

    $archive = Get-ChildItem "\\\CDC\archive\$datefolder" -Recurse

    Edit: Never mind what I wrote, just re-read your post you're moving the whole folder. Carry on.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 11 months ago by  Jack Neff.

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