I've got this old Sharepoint 2007 sites which contains a lot of projects and files. And I'm looking for a way to copy the entire thing onto an external USB hard drive.

Now, I know I can browse to each project and select "Open with windows explorer" and that gives me an explorer view of the contents. However, what I want to do is to go up a folder and see every project. If I do that, it looks empty. Like there is no content there.

So, is this possible? Or do I have to manually open each project and select "Open with Windows Explorer" for each project?

  • How are your projects organized? – PurpleShadow Jul 19 '12 at 13:34
  • They're organized in a way that each project has it's own "site" so to speak. With it's own content. Filepath-wize, it's like 'sharepoint.domain.com/proj/0002389' or 'sharepoint.domain.com/proj/0002671'. When I open one of these, I can select 'Documents' and 'Open in Windows Explorer'. Is this the information you asked for? – Kenny Bones Jul 20 '12 at 6:08
  • Are we talking about one document library or several? – Mike Jul 30 '12 at 14:59

You could do a backup of the site collection (stsadm -o backup) if it's just for backup purpose (and no other consumption than restoring it on another similar environment) or if it's for consumption outside of a SharePoint environment (hence the usb drive), I would recommend using a (portable & free) tool like HTTrack which will be able to keep an html copy of all theses sites.

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