We archive some of our older document libraries and I am not sure how it was done previously (possibly just moved using explorer). But I think I am correct in saying document library's shouldn't be moved this way? Is there a procedure to follow to move a document library?

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there are couple of ways to get this done.

  • Move using the explorer which you already know.
  • Use the OOTB features called information management policies
  • You can write a workflow which move the documents from one library to other. check this video or this one
  • Another way is save the document library as template with Include content options. But this has size limitation.
  • Lastly you can write some code to move documents. check this
  • Ah great so you can just drag and drop a document library without causing an issue - thanks. Aug 29, 2017 at 14:02
  • For larger document libraries +/- 50GB what method would you suggest? Aug 29, 2017 at 14:10
  • i would go either information management polices or workflow.
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Aug 29, 2017 at 14:11
  • Just looking at the workflow technique - it doesn't seem to store version history? Also I cant see how to achieve moving the whole folder rather than individual files? Aug 30, 2017 at 15:41
  • After doing a little further reading, I need to create the folders within the workflow and name them as the name of the folder where the files are to be moved from. Aug 31, 2017 at 10:24

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