I usually use robocopy to move files but had a need to copy some folders with xcopy. Below are some examples that came in handy.
Copy folders and sub-folders Xcopy "C:\Souorce folder" "D:\Destination folder" /E /H /C /I /E – Copy subdirectories, including any empty ones. /H - Copy files with hidden and system file attributes /C - Continue copying even if an error occurs. /I - If in doubt, always assume the destination is a folder. e.g. when the destination does not exist. Copy folders and sub-folders without files Xcopy "C:\Source folder" "D:\Destination folder" /T /E /T - Copy the subdirectory structure, but not the files. /E - Copy subdirectories, including any empty ones. Copy Folders and subfolders with NTFS and Share permissions Xcopy "C:\Source folder" "D:\Destination folder" /O /X /E /H /K /E - Copy folders and subfolders, including empty ones. /H - Copy hidden and system files also. /K - Copy attributes. Typically, Xcopy resets read-only attributes. /O - Copy file ownership and ACL information. /X - Copy file audit settings (implies /O). AN INITIAL FULL COPY xcopy "C:\Source Folder" "\\Destination Server\Share\Folder" /X /H /E /V COPY FILES OR FOLDERS THAT HAVE CHANGED SINCE THE INITIAL COPY xcopy "C:\Source Folder" "\\Destination Server\Share\Folder" /X /H /E /V /D /Y SWITCH EXPLANATION /X – Copies file audit settings and file ownership and ACL information. /H – Copies hidden and system files. /E – Copies directories and subdirectories, including empty ones. /V – Verifies each new file./D – Copies files changed on or after the specified date (D:m-d-y). If no date is given, copies only those files whose source time is newer than the destination time. /Y – Suppresses prompting to confirm you want to overwrite an existing destination file.