Sep 29, 2011

Alternative to Windows File Copy

I absolutely hate the built in file copy manager in Windows. I have for a long time. It doesn’t have a very good interface for showing progress, especially if you are copying multiple files. Plus if you are copying files over the network, and you run into a slight network hiccup, you have to start all over? Why? because the built in file copier for Windows doesn’t allow you to resume file copy.

There has been a tool that I’ve used for a while now that is fairly popular, yet I am surprised by how many people still haven’t heard of it. It’s called TeraCopy from CodeSector. When you install it, it automatically replaces the built in file copier from Windows, and immediately makes your file copying life easier!


Here is a list of features from their page:

  • Copy files faster. TeraCopy uses dynamically adjusted buffers to reduce seek times. Asynchronous copy speeds up file transfer between two physical hard drives.
  • Pause and resume file transfers. Pause copy process at any time to free up system resources and continue with a single click.
  • Error recovery. In case of copy error, TeraCopy will try several times and in the worse case just skip the file, not terminating the entire transfer.
  • Interactive file list. TeraCopy shows failed file transfers and lets you fix the problem and recopy only problem files.
  • Shell integration. TeraCopy can completely replace Explorer copy and move functions, allowing you work with files as usual.
  • Full Unicode support.
  • Windows 7 x64 support.

TeraCopy is free for home users. If you are a business user, and want to roll out the awesomeness of TeraCopy to all of your users you need to buy TeraCopy Pro for a little less than $21 US per user. With TeraCopy Pro you get all the features of the free version plus:

  • Copy/move to favorite folders.
  • Select files with the same extension/same folder.
  • Remove selected files from the copy queue.
  • More features coming soon!

Although it is such a simple program, ever since I have switched over to TeraCopy, I haven’t been able to switch back! The ability to pause and resume file copy is great, plus it makes copying way more faster using the dynamically adjusted buffers.

Do you have a different favorite file copy program to replace the built in Windows one? Does it have shell integration too? Is it free for business users as well? Let us know in the comments.

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