CopyRecord Method (ADO)

Copies an entity represented by a record to another location.


Record.CopyRecord (Source, Destination, UserName, Password, Options, Async)


Optional. A String value that contains a URL specifying the entity to be copied (for example, a file or directory). If Source is omitted or specifies an empty string, the file or directory represented by the current Record will be copied.

Optional. A String value that contains a URL specifying the location where Source will be copied.

Optional. A String value that contains the user ID that, if needed, authorizes access to Destination.

Optional. A String value that contains the password that, if needed, verifies UserName.

Optional. A CopyRecordOptionsEnum value that has a default value of adCopyUnspecified. Specifies the behavior of this method.

Optional. A Boolean value that, when True, specifies that this operation should be asynchronous.

Return Value

A String value that typically returns the value of Destination. However, the exact value returned is provider-dependent.


The values of Source and Destination must not be identical; otherwise, a run-time error occurs. At least one of the server, path, or resource names must differ.

All children (for example, subdirectories) of Source are copied recursively, unless adCopyNonRecursive is specified. In a recursive operation, Destination must not be a subdirectory of Source; otherwise, the operation will not complete.

This method fails if Destination identifies an existing entity (for example, a file or directory), unless adCopyOverWrite is specified.


Use the adCopyOverWrite option judiciously. For example, specifying this option when copying a file to a directory will delete the directory and replace it with the file.


URLs using the http scheme will automatically invoke the Microsoft OLE DB Provider for Internet Publishing. For more information, see Absolute and Relative URLs.

Applies To

Record Object (ADO)